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2012 Audi Q5 SUV

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Great Little SUV
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By NM
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2012 Audi Q5 SUV 3.2 Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)


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I bought my 2012 Q5 brand new. I chose the 3.2 engine because when I test drove the 2.0, I couldn't stand the way the turbo charger whined every time the car shifted. I love the way it hugs the road. I have driven in snow and ice without chains or studded tires and never had a problem. The back seats are not that comfortable for long trips though. It really should be considered a four seater unless the center seat in the back is occupied by a car seat. The biggest complaint I have about this vehicle are the oversized side view mirrors. I have to make a point of looking all around them. A couple of times I could not see the people in the crosswalk because the driver side view mirror was blocking them completely. I once cut off a motorcycle because he was behind the passenger side mirror. I need to look into after-market smaller side view mirrors. The cargo room with the rear seats in the upright position could be a little larger. Great turning radius. Handles really well. Best car for teenager to learn to drive. Quiet. Working the navigation system is confusing. Not a great paint job. My dog's nails left a deep scratch in the bumper while he was getting into the cargo area.


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2012 AUDI Q5 - IT'S A LEMON!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Jack C.
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2012 Audi Q5 SUV 2.0T Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)


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I bought this car new in 2012. Four years later the engine died, and the dealership wanted to charge me $6,100 to essentially replace the entire top half of the engine, due to a timing chain defect, and they refused to pay anything toward it. Absolutely unacceptable for a car that's basically new, with only approximately 75,000 miles on it. I made sure that I took it for an oil change every 3,000 miles and regularly scheduled service.

If you are planning on purchasing an Audi Q5, DON'T DO IT! Do your online research (timing chain/transmission/etc.) and you'll see how poorly made these vehicles are.


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Very Sporty, great quality but
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Janette2020
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2012 Audi Q5 SUV 2.0T Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)


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This 2012 car (Premium) was not even on my radar as I wanted another sporty SUV but they did not have the color and specs I wanted. So my husband and I came across the Audi Q5 and was like no way because of the name, maintenance costs associated and the funky controls but when we test drove it plus the low mileage (off of a lease), I fell in love. I think my husband more so. It was sporty, luxurious (black w/brown leather interior), not too big. I was not crazy about getting a 4cyl coming from a Lexus RX300 6cyl because I like a little pedal power but the sport mode seemed to have enough get up and go. Now that I have had the car almost 9 months I can adequately give an informed review on my first Audi, albeit used and extensive.
PROS: It is definitely a sporty, luxurious SUV, love the look of the interior and exterior especially the inside lights at night; nice sound system, great gas mileage, roomy trunk, roof etc. Interior quality is nice and for a 4cyl it has nice power in turbo/sport mode.
CONS: I felt like I needed a Ph.D. in Audi. It is not intuitive, e.g. sunroof. Like other reviewers, the multimedia system can be confusing and is disappointing especially the location because although I use the wheel controls I still find myself looking down and that is dangerous. I feel like I'm controlling an aircraft or an ultrasound machine with the rotary dial, push, turn, push turn dial; some of my FM stations don't always come in unless I hit my presets. My 20 yr old son and I cannot believe I have to buy several adapters in order to listen to music on our iphones. Other cars have easier bluetooth hookups than this car. Putting the adapter in the glove box was just idiotic. Radio text should be automatic. The Navigation is old and useless because Audi wants you to buy a cd for updated maps...not. Let's not even talk about the brake dust every two seconds. The backseat is a little tight but even tighter for 3 people as the hump takes up leg room. I am coming up on 30k and the maintenance schedule says to change spark plugs at 35k??? Really? Spark plugs should last 75k-100k!? Overall I love the look and feel of the Q5 but I paid for the name and look. The maintenance costs are too high at Audi. Although I did my research which had many good reviews, but at this price ($35k), I do not think I would ever buy a used 4cyl again (despite turbo) at this price point with so many issues or lack of certain things as stated above. I will keep this car for a few more years and probably give it to my son and hope it lasts 10-15 years like my Lexus but will go back to a 6cyl SUV that is sporty with easier "touch" controls and less issues.


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Car of my dreams turns out to be a dud!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By JLM
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2012 Audi Q5 SUV 3.2 Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)


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I've wanted this car for 4 years. I finally purchased one after test driving all other vehicles in its class just to be sure. Only 35k miles when I purchased and was a lease return (keep in mind I made sure they put new rotors and break pads on the vehicle when I purchased it). I have owned this car less than one year and put 20k miles on it. I had completed the 45k mile service no problem. Just took it in for the 55k service and was told it needed new brake pads and rotors along with brake fluid flush, oil pressure valve replacement and of course that's on top of the $399 price tag for the 'normal' maintenance at 55k miles. All of that totalling $2,300!! And I haven't even owned the vehicle for a year. I knew that audi's were expensive to fix but did not realize the poor quality of the factory parts such as brake pads and rotors. I'm not a crazy driver and take pride in driving my car gently only occasionally speeding and braking when needed. On a side note the blue tooth is horrible and the navigation is useless.

After this experience I have lost faith in Audi. I definitely will not be purchasing one again. I do not feel that this car is worth the price tag...disappointing altogether.


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It Makes Me Smile
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By optionsf
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2012 Audi Q5 SUV 2.0T Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)


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I have shopped for an SUV for three years, awaiting the Jeep Cherokee, then opting for the AWD Nissan Rogue. When I couldn't get the color and version I wanted on time, I found a 2012 Q5 very lightly used for the same price as these new cars...only12k miles.

Today I took it on the infamous run to costco and found myself smiling...when the back gate opens automatically, when I stashed the wine bottles in the compartment under the rug, when I got in and turned on the Bang & Olufsen upgraded sound, and when the turbo kicked in and I shot past another car uphill.

The build quality is excellent and this 3 yr old feels tight and solid. After my last Nissan Murano, it feels like a sports car


Best Features

Panoramic roof, Bang & Olufsen upgraded sound, the fast 2.0 turbo, and the quality of the interior. The cold cup holder was a fun surprise. I love the steering variability, tight and straight on the highway, and very tight and easy turning radius for parking. I really miss a backup camera, but the parking sensors are a good guide. I got 26 mpg on the highway, and about 20 so far in town. I love the details that make it "luxury"...all windows with automatic up/down, and 8way power on the passenger seat for example. Seating is great and beautiful. Especially fond of the hill descent feature, as I live up a steep hill.


Worst Features

iPhone integration and full Bluetooth should be standard. Bluetooth only works for calls without aftermarket device. Seems dumb to leave out a backup cam, these are very useful. So far, not much else to fault, it's amazing engineering.


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