Three distinct groups of competitors emerge for the 2009 Audi Q5.
The first group comprises its fellow travelers from Germany and Great Britain; the Mercedes-Benz GLK wears angular clothes and bakes in off-roading, four-wheel drive, and a big V-6, with diesel power on the way.
The BMW X3 is the senior officer in the class and is substantially improved in ride and handling in 2008.
Land Rover’s LR2 is a square-jawed niche player in the group, with true four-wheeling bred in its blocky silhouette.
The next pair, the Acura RDX and Infiniti EX35, share Japanese heritage, but feel radically different.
The RDX’s pulsing turbocharged four-cylinder seems at odds with its mission, while the EX35’s teensy cargo area leads to questions about its SUV classification.
Lastly, the soft and comfy SUVs in this group include the Lexus RX, a luxury favorite with little driving feel and a hybrid model; the new Volvo XC60, a sleek and fairly quick-footed SUV with a marvelous interior; and the Cadillac SRX, a new entry in this size class with crisp styling and good on-road maneuvers.
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|2009 Audi Q5Browse Used Listings||2010 Volvo XC60Browse Used Listings||2009 Cadillac SRXBrowse Used Listings||2008 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings||2008 Land Rover LR2Browse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas I4||Inline 6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility|
|quattro 4-Door 3.2L Prestige||FWD 4-Door 3.2L||RWD 4-Door V6||4WD 4-Door||AWD 4-Door SE|
|All wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||RWD||4 Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive|
|4dr SUV||5 Door Wagon||4 Door||4 Door||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic||Automatic,||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|