Members of the “Golden Steering Wheel” jury, says Audi, consist of VIPs, technical experts, and racing and rally pros. The winning 2009 Audi Q5 scored especially high with Golden Steering Wheel jurors in the areas of seat comfort, interior space, handling, "variability" (?), and interior and exterior design. Technicians on the jury were quick to praise the vehicle for both its ease of repair and environmental consciousness.
Golden Steering Wheel awards have been given since 1975 to vehicles judged "best new car of the year." Other Audi vehicles to receive the award have been the A6 in 2004, the Q7 in '05, and the A4 last year. More good news for a luxury brand that's sitting on top of the world at the moment.
We'll take our Q5 with the mileage-busting 3.0-liter TDI twin-turbo V-6 featured most recently in Audi's cross-country Mileage Marathon.--Colin Mathews