2011 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Traded a 1998 ML320 for a 2011 2.0T base model. Looked at new and used diesel ML's, Touareg, Highlander Hybrid, Venza, Pilot, MDX: Q5 was way better, especially on a twisty road. Amazing zip for a 4, and awesome brakes! 3000 miles to date and no problems. Really fun to drive compared to prior suv's, including ML, Pathfinder and Volvo XC 70. Plenty of power driving over the Cascades from the valley, and passing on the interstates. 31 mpg at 65-75 mph on a recent 400 mile trip down I -5, fully loaded with 4 people and luggage. Base sound system with ipod is more than adequate. Panoramic sun roof doesn't cause interior overheating in the Northwest with temps to 90. Couldn't be happier so far.
Handling, acceleration, braking, interior comfort,
highway fuel economy is hybrid like, safety/crash test results, controls and trip computer.
Roof rack system is OK. Would prefer an open rail to allow easier use of Yakima towers and bars.
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