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“When I first saw the interior, I actually said, ‘Ooooohhhh’”
“content to be itself, rather than striving to be an alternative to a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz”
“It's a very pleasant place to be”
The 2009 Audi Q5 is more subtly good-looking than most sedans; its softly sculptured lines use height and stance to convey all the right SUV messages.
“I’m going to go ahead and say it: The Q5 is super cute,” comments the reviewer at MotherProof. “It’s so good-looking that it robbed me of my dignity; I couldn’t help but squeal and say things best represented by teenagers’ texting (OMG i <3 it!).” In the eyes of the Automobile Magazine reviewer, “the Q5 is a very handsome, even pretty, vehicle, with good proportions and exquisite detailing in items like the LED headlights and taillamps.”
Car and Driver says the Audi Q5 arrived fashionably late to the German automakers sports sedan showdown, but Audi’s timing “means that the late-arriving Q5 is formed from Audi’s newest architecture, which also underpins the latest A4 sedan as well as the A5 and S5 coupes.” Motor Trend says the 2009 Q5 is “Built on the new A4 platform but [is] longer, wider, and, of course, taller than the sedan; the Q5's dimensions are at or near top of class in every dimension except height.
Edmunds says the new Q5 is “stylish, luxurious and powerful, yet this is an Audi that's content to be itself, rather than striving to be an alternative to a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz or even a Porsche.”
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.
MotherProof is, again, very favorable about the Audi’s interior aesthetics: “The Q5’s interior is pure luxury. In my test car, the seats were a rich-looking, creamy Cardamom color, and the dash was trimmed in blond maple wood. It was gorgeous. When I first saw the interior, I actually said, ‘Ooooohhhh,’ in front of the delivery guy. It’s that pretty.” ConsumerGuide concurs, saying, “The cabin is dressed in standard leather and wood trim and imparts an overall classy air. Materials quality, design, and workmanship are top-notch.”
The compliments don’t end there; Automobile Magazine also gushes about the Q5’s interior: “As in all contemporary Audi models, the Q5's interior is beautifully rendered in quality plastics, supple leather, and precisely engineered controls. It's a very pleasant place to be.”
According to Edmunds, the Q5 is “182 inches overall, 74.8 inches wide and 65.2 inches high. It's a couple inches longer than a BMW X3, Land Rover LR2 and Mercedes-Benz GLK, roughly the same size as an Infiniti EX35 and Volvo XC60, and a handful of inches shorter than a Lexus RX 350.”
Automobile Magazine comments that while Audis are common in Spain, “people on the streets of Valencia took favorable notice of the Q5. We expect that Americans will like it, as well.”
The 2009 Audi Q5 sets itself apart from blocky SUVs with a fast wagon roofline and a charming, chock-filled cabin.