Can you really get sports sedan performance and luxury in a vehicle that delivers SUV versatility? Audi says an emphatic “yes” with the 2012 Q5, which offers outstanding room and luxury, comes standard with the brand’s legendary quattro® all-wheel drive and starts at an MSRP of $35,600.
There’s no question that the 2012 Audi Q5 strikes an elegant profile. Audi signature design details, including the Singleframe® front grille and LED taillights, dress a shape that stands in definite contrast to the boxy profiles of some other luxury crossovers.
Inside that smooth and sleek shape, is plenty of room for five and their luggage. When you need to bring along more than you can fit inside, the 2012 Audi Q5 can tow up to 4,400 pounds. That’s significantly more than rivals such as the Acura RDX with its 1,500-pound tow limit, and the BMW X3 xDrive28i and Mercedes-Benz GLK350, both with 3,500-pound towing limits, can handle.
Also significantly, the 2012 Audi Q5 offers that generous towing capacity with either its 2.0-liter TFSI® turbocharged four-cylinder engine or its available 3.2-liter Fuel Stratified Injection® (FSI®) V6. Engine choice is another area where the 2012 Audi Q5 takes competitors to school. The Acura RDX, for example, offers just a turbo four while the Mercedes GLK has just a V6, and neither can match the Audi Q5 in fuel efficiency; the 27 mpg highway rating for the Q5 2.0T trumps the 22 mpg ratings for the Acura RDX and Mercedes GLK all-wheel drive models.
Those other luxury brands, by the way, charge extra for all-wheel drive, a feature Audi views as essential to this type of vehicle. The standard quattro®
system in the 2012 Q5 uses a Torsen®
center differential that splits power 40 percent front/60 percent rear and transfers more power to the wheels with the best traction when needed. Just as important, quattro provides enhanced handling and traction all year long, in any weather.
For 2012, the Audi Q5 2.0T comes with a new eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission, and the V6 is teamed with a six-speed version. Either can be shifted manually for sporty performance, the 2.0T model with the console shifter and the 3.2 model with the shifter or available steering wheel paddleshifters.
Major automotive publications have praised the handling and ride quality of the Audi Q5 – Car and Driver, for example, called the Q5 “comfortable, composed and capable,” and named it “Best in Test.” The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has a different description for the 2012 Q5, and that’s “Top Safety Pick.”
The available Audi Drive Select system in the Q5 3.2 model lets you adjust the vehicle’s driving feel by selecting pre-set modes that control responses of the engine, steering, adaptive suspension dampers and transmission shifting.
Audi makes selecting and tailoring a Q5 to your needs easy. The 2012 Q5 2.0T comes in two versions, Premium and Premium Plus while the Q5 3.2 offers Premium Plus and top-of-the-line Prestige trim levels. Some luxury brands attach the term “Premium” to extra-cost option packages to add features like leather seating, 12-way power front seats, three-zone automatic climate control and 18-inch alloy wheels. However, those luxuries and more all come standard on the 2012 Audi Q5 2.0T. The Premium Plus and Prestige levels take the luxury to a higher level including a Panorama sunroof and heated front seats. You can also add those particular amenities to the Q5 2.0T as stand-alone options.
Those who demand the best of everything will be pleased to see quite a variety of luxury options for the Q5 Premium Plus and Prestige versions. Cutting-edge technology includes the Audi Multi Media Interface (MMI) Navigation plus system (standard in the 3.2 Prestige), which makes a vast array of infotainment capability available by voice or fingertip command. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System, standard in the Q5 3.2 Prestige and available in Premium Plus models, channels 505 watts of digital surround-sound through 14 speakers.
Exclusive to the Q5 3.2 Prestige, an available Luxury Package adds the opulence of Milano leather seating with ventilated front seats, along with leather door armrests and instrument panel top.
Come in and test-drive a 2012 Audi Q5, and you’ll discover a luxury crossover that truly delivers on the promise of sports sedan performance and luxury with SUV versatility.