2010 Audi Q5 vs. Its Competition

2009 Audi Q5
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Three distinct groups of competitors emerge for the 2010 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, 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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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2010 Audi Q5 tops TheCarConnection.com's ratings, thanks to sleek lines and a weekend-worthy cabin-though the gimmicky handling features would be better left behind.
8.2
The 2010 Volvo XC60 brings unexpected style and a heavy dose of safety technology to families with all-weather needs.
8.0
The 2009 Cadillac SRX enters its last year as a good-looking and functional crossover, but tight third-row seating and poor fuel efficiency remain as blemishes on an otherwise solid package.
8.8
The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped.
8.2
Because of the Infiniti EX35, 2008 could be year of the right-sized crossover. Many people are looking for SUV style without SUV size, and they should be particularly attracted to this offering.
8.0
The 2008 Land Rover LR2 splices the ruggedly stylish look that draws people to the legendary British brand with honest practicality, without the gas-guzzling and clumsy handling.
MSRP From     
$37,350$32,395$40,460$33,195$31,900$33,985
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas I6Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6Inline 6
EPA Class     
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ASport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonSport Utility
Style Name     
quattro 4-Door PrestigeFWD 4-Door 3.2LRWD 4-Door V64WD 4-DoorRWD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door SE
Drivetrain     
All wheel driveFront Wheel DriveRWD4 Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4dr SUV5 Door Wagon4 Door4 Door4 Door SUV4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomatic,Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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