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The 2011 Audi Q5 offers some impressive features and options, but its inexcusable that Bluetooth and an iPod cable aren't standard—and that they cost an extra grand.
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Without navigation, the knob and buttons for the MMI system reside on the center stack, and the resulting procedure for using the stereo is not intuitive.
Edmunds

The navigation system now shows details on buildings, and can be viewed in "bird's eye" format—quite chic, indeed. But we'd still like to have touchscreen controls.
Popular Mechanics

You can't fully load the Q5 2.0T with a leather dash and armrests, wood trim, adaptive cruise control, or the S line exterior cosmetic package, but those options certainly don't define the Q5 experience.
Automobile Magazine



The 2011 Q5, as with most Audi models, offers a good list of standard features that covers most of the luxury bases, but it teases you with an extensive list of high-tech entertainment, convenience, and performance options that can very significantly drive up the sticker price.

The all-new 2.0T model is offered in Premium or Premium Plus models, while the 3.2 model is offered in Premium Plus and top-of-the-line Prestige trims. With the new four-cylinder models, the 3.2 is no longer offered in Premium guise.

This year, all Q5 models get a trip computer with efficiency display, the 3.2 models now include an S line exterior package and 19-inch wheels standard, and adaptive lights have been added to the 3.2 Prestige. The available MMI Navigation Plus system that's standard on the Prestige model and optional on Premium Plus now gets HD Radio as well.

The Q5 starts around the $35k mark, but prices can be driven way up just by stepping up models or checking a few option boxes. With the S line Package (20-inch wheels and summer performance tires, a sport steering wheel, black headliner, and brushed aluminum inlays), the Luxury Package (leather instrument panel, ventilated front seats, premium Milano leather), adaptive cruise control, and the Audi Drive Select dynamic chassis settings, a fully loaded Q5 3.2 totals more than $52k.

While it's tempting, you don't have to spend a lot more on the Q5; the base Premium model comes with a lot of standard features, including a ten-speaker sound system, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, power front seats, tri-zone climate control, Sirius satellite radio, and an SD card slot that can manage up to 32 gigabytes of music. That said, Audi nickles and dimes buyers for things that should be standard and are on many rival models; for instance, Bluetooth costs $700 on the base model, and an iPod interface costs $300.

Conclusion

The 2011 Audi Q5 offers some impressive features and options, but its inexcusable that Bluetooth and an iPod cable aren't standard—and that they cost an extra grand.

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