The 2012 Audi Q5 is the middle child of Audi's coveted sport utility vehicle lineup. It is situated as a fair compromise between the small, but sporty Q3 and the large and extremely practical Q7. It is home to the typical Audi features, handsome design, excellent handling and smooth ride that consumers have grown to appreciate and expect, but it lacks cargo space, and comes at a higher price than many competitors. The standard 2.0T uses the same engine as that in the A5. Drivers will enjoy a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that offers 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This engine is also gentle on the budget and it returns 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Those that want a little more power under the hood can opt for a 3.2-liter V-6 engine, which produces 270 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. Those that have a load to tow, may want to opt for the smaller engine as it does offer more torque. A towing packing is on the list of optional extras. Competitors had to switch to hybrid drive in order to compete with the Q5's fuel economy, which places it close to best in its class. Even with the larger engine, you're granted exceptional fuel-economy.
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The 2012 Audi Q5 poses a problem for buyers demanding maximum luxury and fuel economy. Many options are not even available on the 2.0T model. The 3.2 liter model has a monopoly on 20-inch wheels, side assist, adaptive cruise control, and an assortment of others features. This is compounded by Audi providing only the basics in most models, which makes the vehicle ideal for customization, but drastically increases the sticker price to make the Q5 well-equipped. One benefit is Audi's Care Package, which includes a warranty for 4 years/50,000 miles, as well as 24-hour roadside assistance for four years. While buyers may have to pay a premium for the Q5, Audi certainly gives exceptional support for the money.
When tested by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, the Q5 SUV tested "good" in frontal-offset, roof-strength and side-impact tests. This of course is the best rating offered. The Audi Q5 is an overall top pick in the luxury SUV class. While it may not have the cargo space that its competitors boast, and comes at a high price, it still offers that great fuel economy and beautiful Audi styling.