2009 Audi Q5s are available with a 3.2-liter V-6 teamed to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Edmunds says "this engine seems to lack any sort of personality." Car and Driver thinks it's "fairly sweet-revving," though noisier than expected, just like the latest Lexus RX. Motor Trend says it "revs freely and delivers its power in a cushioned lump." The Q5 posts a 0-60 mph time of 6.8 seconds.
Many reviewers, however, lament that optional engines and transmissions will not (immediately) be offered in the United States. Car and Driver is "able to sample a Q5 with the 2.0-liter (that engine is, of course, available in Europe), and subjectively it felt every bit as quick as the V-6" Audi claims 0-to-62-mph times of 6.7 seconds for the V-6 and 7.2 seconds for the four." Automobile Magazine says of the V-6 engine, "Audi's upcoming S Tronic seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox performed brilliantly, with sharp off-the-line throttle response and crisp, rev-matching upshifts. Unfortunately, the S Tronic will not be offered in the U.S.-market Q5, at least initially, but our past experience with Audi's six-speed Tiptronic automatic, the sole U.S. Q5 transmission, has been largely favorable."
Other reviewers also give positive reviews of the Audi 6-speed transmission. "You don't have to twist it hard," Edmunds says, "to get peak output." ConsumerGuide says "it delivers ample smooth, linear power."
"Audi wanted excellent handling," Motor Trend writes, while ConsumerGuide says the "Q5 is fairly nimble" and that it "exhibits only minimal body lean."
Drive Select sounds like gimmicky; however, Edmunds thinks "the difference in the way the Q5 behaves is immediately noticeable."
Motor Trend says serious off-roaders need to know "the Q5 has a ground clearance of 7.87 in."