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STYLING | 8 out of 10
content to be itself, rather than striving to be an alternative to a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz
very handsome, even pretty
The 2010 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. 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." MotherProof goes slightly more agog, proclaiming, "I'm going to go ahead and say it: The Q5 is super cute...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!)." 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."
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 2010 Audi Q5 stands sleekly, with a fast wagon roofline and a charming, richly trimmed cabin.