The Q5 is priced from under $40,000, but it's very easy to spend more than $50,000 on the hybrid, diesel, and V-6 versions.The base model now carries all the features we'd want to see in any luxury-branded vehicle--now that Bluetooth and iPod connectivity and keyless entry have been made standard. The base Q5, dubbed Premium trim, also includes power locks, windows, and heated exterior mirrors; leather upholstery and walnut trim; power front seats; an AM/FM/XM/CD player with an SD card slot for additional memory; and 18-inch wheels.
With the Premium Plus package, the Q5 gets a panoramic sunroof; a power tailgate; heated front seats; and a xenon headlight package with LED daytime running lights. Other options on the Q5 2.0T include a package with sport seats, a sport steering wheel and shift paddles; and a navigation system bundled with a rearview camera. Rear-seat airbags, different wood or aluminum trim, and an entertainment system are stand-alone options.
The Q5 3.0T tops off the standard equipment list with standard 19-inch wheels and the equivalent of Premium Plus content. Moving up to Prestige trim packs in standard adaptive lighting; navigation; blind-spot monitors; a Bang & Olufsen audio system; and a heated/cooled cupholder. Stand-alone options on the 3.0T include adaptive cruise and Drive Select; the Sport interior; an S line package with 20-inch wheels, sport interior, adaptive suspension, and aluminum trim; and a Comfort package with a leather instrument panel, ventilated front seats, and premium Milano leather. With just one or two of these packages, the Q5 3.0T's pricetag can soar; we've driven one with the Comfort package and a sticker price of more than $55,000.
Hybrids come only in the equivalent of Prestige trim. The Comfort and Sport interiors are options, as are different 19-inch wheels and 20-inch wheels, rear side airbags, a DVD entertainment system, and interior trim. Q5 TDI models come with Premium Plus trim, and can be outfitted to Prestige trim.
Both the 3.0T and TDI versions can be trimmed with an S line plus package, which adds 5-spoke, 20-inch wheels; summer performance tires; and black exterior trim.
Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI) is probably the best of the roller-controller systems, but it still catches us off-guard on occasion. There's no touchscreen access at all, and without the level of voice commands from some other systems, you'll find yourself hunting through menus for some functions, while clicking some of the redundant hard keys arranged around the control knob. Fortunately, the MMI system can be bundled with Audi Connect, the brand's data-connectivity package that delivers Google Earth maps to the GPS. For a monthly fee of under $40, drivers get beautifully flowing and accurate maps, as well as real-time traffic information and local search. They also get connectivity for up to eight devices inside the car, all provided by Audi's 3G link to T-Mobile. Yes, you already pay for that with your smartphone--but does your navigation system look this good?