2011 Audi Q5 vs. Its Competition

2011 Audi Q5 quattro 4-door 3.2L Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Three distinct groups of competitors emerge for the Audi Q5.

The first group comprises its fellow travelers from Germany and Great Britain: The BMW X3 has been redesigned this year, with a more refined, fashion-forward feel inside and more carlike dynamics, while 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.

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
8.6
The 2011 Audi Q5 is one of the best upscale picks in a compact crossover, thanks to its sleek lines, practical interior, responsive feel, and city-savvy size.
7.8
The 2011 Acura RDX is delightfully frisky and nimble, but it doesn't feel as lavish as other luxury crossovers.
8.2
BMW finally has a crossover that's as good as its cars. The 2011 BMW X3 looks fantastic; performs like a sport sedan; and has a comfortable, top-notch interior.
7.8
The 2011 Land Rover LR2 has the hallmarks of SUV styling, with a much more street-friendly driving feel than other big Rover utes.
8.2
The 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class has the rugged look U.S. shoppers want, in a sensibly sized package. We only wish it were a little more fuel-efficient.
MSRP From    
$35,200$32,895$36,750$35,700$35,500
Gas Mileage    
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I6Gas I6Gas V6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name    
quattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumFWD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door 28iAWD 4-Door HSE LUXRWD 4-Door GLK 350
Drivetrain    
All wheel driveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4dr SUV4 Door4 Door Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission    
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic