2012 Audi Q5 vs. Its Competition

2012 Audi Q5 quattro 4-door 2.0T Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Audi Q5 is right in the middle of a segment of the market that didn't exist just a few years ago: the compact luxury crossover.

Now, there are plenty of models that offer heaps of luxury equipment, a somewhat high seating position, and carlike handling, without much, if any, emphasis on off-road ability.

The BMW X3 was designed last year to be more fashion-forward and carlike, 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.

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.

Yet another possibility is the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, which is the most urban, carlike vehicle Land Rover has ever produced.

It's attractive inside and out, with good performance, and it's quite fuel-efficient.

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The 2012 Audi Q5 is one of the
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The 2012 Acura RDX satisfies those who want more driving excitement, but it might leave luxury- or tech-hungry shoppers wanting.
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A great-looking crossover with its most carlike performance yet, the BMW X3 also has more interior room and better materials than before.
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With a smooth new engine and a rich, uniquely American interior, the 2012 Cadillac SRX appeals to those who want a lot of luxury and flair but don't require driving excitement.
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The era of truly coupe-like SUVs dawns, finally, and the 2012 Range Rover Evoque nails it with turbo thrust and carlike handling.
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Rugged looks and lower gas mileage put the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class in an SUV state of mind, but its ride and handling are more carlike than you'd think.
MSRP From     
$35,600$32,895$37,100$35,985$41,145$35,880
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I6Gas/Ethanol V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class     
4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle 2WDSport Utility 4WD2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
quattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumFWD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door 28iFWD 4-Door Base5-Door HB Pure PlusRWD 4-Door GLK350
Drivetrain     
All wheel driveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility VehicleCrossoverSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle
Transmission     
Automatic w/Manual TransmissionAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic