I am an Acura MDX driver who was tired of limited leg room for the driver. The Q5 is smaller but has a longer wheel base and has removed the irritating foot pedal that played havoc with my shin bone with a simple lever on the center console.
Start, stop, set parking brake within inches of each function. The prestige styling is to my likingand performance with the 3.2L engine has exceeded my expectations in both power and mileage.
My entire music library is available by simply cable connecting my ipod in the glove box;
simple lead thru on the car's 7" screen.
Have owned my 2.0T Premium Plus for 5 months now.
Waited until honeymoon phase was over to write review.
Coming from an 08 Infiniti G35xS to this, so big change.
Wife drives an Infiniti XQ56 so I don't need anything larger.
Grew tired of "G"cramped interior, lack of cargo/storage, road noise, no fold-down seats and gas mileage.
Looked strictly for smaller CUV that was fun to drive, AWD, handled well, had good power, some decent cargo while maintaining the mpg's.
Cross-shopped FX35, SRX, Touareg and X3.
Love Q5!! For 2011 model year you had choice between 2.0T of 3.2.
The 3.2 sucks more gas, lacks low-end torque and add over 200lbs. to car.
ZERO issues with oil consumption.
I ordered a Premium Plus 2011 exactly to my specs with B&O stereo (worth every penny), 19" wheels, hitch, and navigation.
Quartz Gray w/ Cinnamon interior.
The Q-5 blew away my expectations.
With 12,000+ miles it is consistently delivering 28 mpg on the highway. Amazing!
Also ordered special Audi package 20" wheels with Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asymetrico all-season aftermarket tires on it.
The car tracks like an arrow and looks fantastic.
The interior functions are laid out better than any vehicle I have ever driven.
Don't need to take your eyes off the road for any reason.
I have had my Audi Q5 in the Audi service department 4 times over the last 6 months. This time it broke down on me 2 weeks after Audi stated it was fixed. Well, now they are telling me I need a new engine at the cost of $14,700. They will not take responsibility for their mistakes or mis-diagnosis. They said that is was a cracked head and that Audi does not issue replacement parts. It has to be a complete new engine.
Not only has my car been in the service department for 2 months, Audi had the mechanic remove the cover and look a bit further. I did not authorize anything to be done. They still have my car and now have told me that they will not help with their mistakes. Now I have no car and no answers.
The oil consumption is another issue all together. 1 quart per 750 miles. I spent more money on oil than gas. But as always, they say its normal.
The airbags in my Q5 are on the recall list. Audi however, will not issue a recall. They have left us hanging and has put mine and my families life in danger.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do your research before purchasing any Audi product!
UPDATE: we have the audi towed to a private mechanic that said it was the timing chain tensioners and if that were fixed my car would run. Per audi the engine is blown. These people are crooks
I told my wife the other day that I actually look forward to my commute just so that I can drive this amazing vehicle.
The ride, quiet, handling, performance, wiz-bang gizmo's, styling... these are all first rate. I compared many cars and kept going back to this one. It took me nearly 6 months to make a decision, and I have NO regrets.
Complaints from reviewers about the overly complicated Nav system were obviously written by Luddites. It works wonderfully (except for what I wrote below).
The feel and drivability of this car is outstanding. The other vehicles in it's class just don't compare. Maybe it's just a matter of taste, but the Q5 is all good taste.