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.
All Q5s now come with Bluetooth and keyless entry, as well as power features, cruise control, power front seats, satellite radio, leather, and 18-inch wheels. The next trim level up, the Premium Plus package, adds a power tailgate, a panoramic sunroof, and heated front seats. Options on this turbo-4 duo include shift paddles, navigation, a rearview camera, aluminum trim, and rear-seat airbags.
Supercharged V-6 cars add 19-inch wheels and all that content. With the Prestige package, the supercharged Q5 adds navigation, blind-spot monitors, adaptive lighting, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. Adaptive cruise control, Drive Select, and 20-inch wheels are among the options that can drive the price higher than $55,000.
Hybrids come in Prestige trim only, with a choice of Comfort or Sport interior, 19- or 20-inch wheels. 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?