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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.
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.
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.
The Q5 can be equipped with a wide range of features, but its base price of around $35k can very rapidly be driven up by checking a few option boxes.
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. Standard equipment on the Premium includes 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. Premium Plus and Prestige models load on the luxuries, and a Prestige 3.2 tops $50k. The 3.2 models include an S line exterior package and 19-inch wheels standard; and adaptive lights have been added to the 3.2 Prestige.
Major options that can compound the bottom line include a 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.
In addition, Audi nickles and dimes buyers for things like Bluetooth, or an iPod interface, which are standard on most other models, even cheap ones. For 2012, rear-door sunshades have been added to the top Prestige model, and an Advanced Key system is offered on the Premium Plus.
The 2012 Audi Q5 offers an impressive set of feature and options, but you'll have to pay for items like Bluetooth and an iPod interface--both standard on many lower-priced vehicles.