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2009 Audi Q5 Sport Utility Crossover

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Audi Q5 Sport Utility Crossover

Audi's permanent Quattro� All-Wheel Drive is standard, allowing for up to 65% of the engine's power to go to the front wheels and up to 85% to go to the rear wheels when needed. The Q5 encompasses all the elegance of safety of other Audi models while being agile and sporty.

What's new for 2009?

The Audi Q5 is brand new for 2009, designed as a crossover vehicle to appeal to buyers who want the economy of a sedan with the power of a sport utility vehicle. The Q5 uses the same platform as the Audi A4 sedans and Audi A5 coupes. It is a smaller version of the Q7, Audi's first SUV. It is often compared to the BMW X3, the Acura RDX and the Land Rover LR2.

Model Strengths

  • Luxury crossover SUV with sporty look
  • good fuel economy
  • all-wheel drive standard

Model Review

This is Audi's first entry into the small SUV market, bringing with it many standard safety and performance features that were once options on other Audi models

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The toughest segment manufacturers can waltz into right now is probably the "compact luxury crossover" class — in English, these are small SUVs built on a car chassis. Think of the paradoxical demands they must meet: luxurious but sporting, capable off-road but pleasant on the highway. They must get decent gas mileage but tow trailers, and they should be able to carry tons of stuff, but still be small. Yet with handsome looks, a slick interior and sedan-like handling, the Audi Q5 may be the best balance yet.

Model Lineup
The Q5 is entering into a fairly well-defined segment, and thus comes equipped with the expected host of standard features, such as dual zone A/C, leather seating and a 10-speaker stereo. As you might expect, it’s easy to tack on the dollars after that.

The quickest way to do so is to choose two optional trim packages. The first gets you a power tailgate, bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights, while the second package includes Audi’s smart key system, blind spot detection, and a 14-speaker, 504-watt Bang & Olufsen stereo. This second package also includes 19-inch wheels, but 20-inch S-Line wheels, as well as (brace yourself) 20-inch chromed wheels will also be available as stand-alone options.

Other notable options include the largest panoramic sunroof in the class, adaptive cruise control, ventilated front seats and a climate-controlled cupholder. Also available is Audi’s new Drive Select, which alters suspension stiffness, steering and throttle response, and shift algorithms with the push of a button. There are three settings: comfort, dynamic and auto. If you opt for Audi’s MMI (multi-media interface), there’s the option to create your own setting by fine-tuning each aspect on screen.

Under the Hood
Here in the U.S., the Q5 is available with one engine: the 3.2-liter V6 that will power the all-new A4. The 270-horsepower V6 never leaves the Q5 short on power, but in comparison to Audi’s European-spec engines, it quickly looks like the runt of a prize litter. Continentals get the choice of two diesel engines, as well as a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline offering that feels just as strong as the V6. What’s more, at an estimated 17/24 mpg (city/hwy), our V6 isn’t exactly thrifty compared to the Euro options.

There’s good reason to hold your breath, however, since Audi says America will get a second engine offering in 2010 models. If you want our guess, it’ll be the rocket ship 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel V6, which by then will be available in U.S.-bound Q7s. Expect the diesel’s EPA fuel ratings to be somewhere in the mid-20s around town and over 30 on the highway.

U.S.-spec Q5s will arrive with a sole transmission option (6-speed automatic), which is teamed with Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive setup. The combination is said to propel the Q5 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, and S-Line models will have steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Inner Space
It’s easy to see the common interior design language across the current Audi lineup. The Q5 benefits here, as no part of the spacious interior says "SUV." Stereo controls and the MMI jog wheel sit alongside the shifter on the center console, allowing an uncluttered dash, with little more than a 7-inch LCD screen. Once you’re used to finding the controls on the console, you’ll wonder why all cars aren’t laid out this way. Behind the shifter is an armrest that can be extended and adjusted for height.

Q5s will only be available with leather seating. The front buckets hold the driver comfortably in place during spirited driving, and the rear seats can be laid flat right from the cargo area, providing just over 55 cubic-feet of storage capacity.

Audi’s MMI is much improved in the Q5, and we’d suggest ticking the option box. Gone are full-screen windows noting simple adjustments, replaced by a much more intuitive interface that  uses momentary pop-ups. Similar to the navigation display in the Infiniti EX35, 3D buildings are now displayed where available.

On the Road
This isn’t the first time a manufacturer has claimed its SUV drives like a car, but the Q5 might be the first that actually does. Particularly when equipped with the active steering option, inputs are immediately translated into movement, and a stiff chassis derived from the A4 makes cornering entertaining.

Push too hard and Audi’s stability control system (ESP) intervenes seamlessly, helping to aim the Q5 in the right direction. On active steering-equipped models, the ESP setup will actually make perceptible steering adjustments to help avoid disaster.

The capable V6 is a good match for the impressive handling, but, because most of its punch comes at higher rpm, a couple toggles of the paddle shifter are often necessary for quick passing. At the end of the day it’s satisfying, but you can’t help but lust after the torquey European diesel offerings.

At the same time, the Q5 has 7.87 inches of ground clearance, 25-degree approach and departure angles, and can tow 4,409 pounds. The ABS system can even automatically detect if you’re driving on sand, gravel or stone and adjust accordingly. It’s almost sad that the closest thing to off-roading most Q5s will see in America is a scenic overlook.

Right for You?
If you’ve already decided that you need one vehicle to do it all, the only reason not to consider the Q5 is because you’re holding out for the new engine option in 2010. The Q5 drives like an A4, has the best fit and finish in its class, and is the best looking of the bunch. Pricing has yet to be announced, but you can expect the Q5 to be a couple thousand cheaper than BMW’s X3.

James Tate cut his teeth in the business as a race team crew member before moving to the editorial side as Senior Editor of Sport Compact Car, and his work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Automobile, Motor Trend and European Car. When not writing, Tate is usually fantasizing about a vintage Porsche 911.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Body Side Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std
Rain Sensing Wipers Std

Accident Prevention

Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Std
Anti-theft System Std
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain 4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion 12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance 4 Years/Unlimited Miles

Audi Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

A factory-backed limited warranty with coverage up to six years or 100,000 total vehicle miles from the origianl vehicle in-service date, whichever occurs first.1

1See dealer for details
Age/Mileage Eligibility 5 years or newer/less than 6,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 300+ Point Inspection and Certification Process
View the checklist
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $85

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