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TheCarConnection.com has researched reviews and driven the 2009 Audi Q5 to bring you this comprehensive review of its safety, performance, styling, comfort, and quality. TheCarConnection.com’s expert editors also drove this and other luxury sport-utility vehicles to compare and contrast the Audi Q5 with other crossovers in its class.
- Appealing style, inside and out
- Quality feel of cabin and controls
- Ample V-6 power
- Standard all-wheel drive
- Drive Select gimmickry
- Steering too heavy in all modes
- pricey addition to the class
The 2009 Audi Q5 is the German automaker’s first compact sport-utility vehicle, and it's a direct competitor to the Mercedes-Benz GLK and BMW X3, as well as the Lexus RX crossovers. It’s available in one drivetrain configuration, with “quattro” all-wheel drive, a six-cylinder engine, and a six-speed automatic. The 2009 Audi Q5 provided to TheCarConnection.com for this Bottom Line road test summary carries a base price of $38,025, including destination, and an as-delivered price of $48,275.
Even in its stylish class of luxury utes, the 2009 Audi Q5 is a handsome winner. Like the Volvo XC60, its softly sculptured lines use height and stance to convey all the right SUV messages, the opposite of the angularity that the GLK and LR2 depend on for their more masculine looks. The Q5 is more subtly good-looking than most sedans, in fact, except for the massive grille up front that’s too large, too deep, and too everything. The slope of the roofline and the sedan-like tail lamps (with LED lighting) walk the best line between sport-ute size and German-wagon efficiency. It’s the same story inside, where Audi’s traditionally well-executed cabins make sense of what could be a lot of little buttons. Framing them in metallic trim, applying wood (like the maple in the vehicle tested by TheCarConnection.com), and matching leathers and plastics closely gives the somewhat cluttered dash a unified, rich look.