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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|2011 Audi Q5Browse Used Listings||2011 Acura RDXBrowse Used Listings||2011 BMW X3Browse Used Listings||2011 Land Rover LR2Browse Used Listings||2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK ClassBrowse Used Listings|
|18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas I6||Gas I6||Gas V6|
|4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||4WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|quattro 4-Door 2.0T Premium||FWD 4-Door||AWD 4-Door 28i||AWD 4-Door HSE LUX||RWD 4-Door GLK350|
|All wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4dr SUV||4 Door||4 Door Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic|