The 2010 Audi Q5 was penned to balance on the fine line between utility and desirability, by providing the ride height and visibility of an SUV and the superior ride quality and competent handling characteristics of an Audi sports sedan. It features a lightweight and efficient 3.2 FSI V6 under the hood and the world-class capability of quattro all-wheel drive. Easily identifiable and built with a distinctly sporty flavor, the 2010 Q5 is a modern SUV for today’s driving environment.
The Design: Muscular and Sleek
With a bold, single frame grille and sculpted headlights, the Q5 is unmistakably Audi. Strong fender arches define the profile of the SUV and offer a subtle hint at the power of the 3.2 FSI engine within. A sleek roof line and integrated body rails help the Q5 to maintain its class-leading 0.33 drag coefficient, improving fuel economy and reducing wind noise inside the cabin.
A wide track and low front and rear overhangs give the Q5 a capable stance, indicating that it is a versatile vehicle, ready to take on anything. Toward the rear, a large hatch makes loading and unloading cargo easy. Bright LED tail lamps draw attention to the rear, flowing along the body lines of the Q5 to create continuity from front to back. Subtle sport accents, like a small rear spoiler, bold dual-exhaust ports and a multitude of available wheel choices keep visual excitement in the small SUV.
The Interior: Exquisitely Roomy
With an interior built to the high standards for which Audi is renowned, the 2010 Q5 offers a quiet and well-appointed sanctuary with seating for five adults. Fit and finish are impeccable, and materials are top-notch throughout the cabin. Leather seats are engineered to be both supportive and comfortable, and front and rear passengers will find themselves with plenty of leg and headroom. An optional panoramic sunroof helps create a more open environment while brightening the cabin significantly.
Throughout the interior of the Q5, ergonomic and well-executed designs abound. With a clean, easy to read instrument panel, the cockpit is designed with the driver in mind. A large tachometer and speedometer reflect Audi's motorsports tradition. The center console is trimmed with a handsome wood inlay and houses the third-generation MMI® controls. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is attractive, thick-rimmed and comfortable to the hands, feeling firm and sporty, yet still ideal for long-distance traveling.
With a 110.5 inch wheelbase, the 2010 Audi Q5 has one of the longest footprints of any vehicle in its segment. This length translates directly into interior room, and, with the rear seats folded down, a substantial 57.3 cubic feet of cargo area. This large cargo area behind the rear seats provides an added level of functionality beyond the luxurious appointments of the Q5 interior.
Also innovative and functional are the adjustable rear seat backs, designed for increased passenger comfort. As a final coup-de-grace of clever luxury, an available climate-controlled driver cupholder helps keep beverages at the perfect temperature.
The Engine: Powerful and Light
The 2010 Audi Q5 is powered by a 3.2 FSI V6 engine. With 270 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque, the all-aluminum engine delivers uncompromising performance and efficiency. Positioned low in the chassis, the 3.2-liter V6 also helps the Q5 maintain a low center of gravity for excellent handling characteristics. Audi makes the most of every drop of fuel with its direct-injection technology, and the addition of Audi Valvelift System helps the engine deliver more power while maintaining impressive fuel efficiency. At 18/23 mpg (city/hwy), the Q5 offers fantastic fuel economy with the unmatched all-weather capability of quattro all-wheel drive.
Tiptronic Transmission: A Precision Instrument
A six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission provides the perfect bridge between the robust 3.2 FSI engine in the 2010 Q5 and the go-anywhere quattro all-wheel drive system. More than a traditional automatic gearbox, the Tiptronic continues the sporty nature of the Q5 by allowing the driver to select gears manually. Quick, precise changes are actuated by simple movements of the shifter, and when positioned in S-mode the Tiptronic transmission also will hold each gear longer in the rev band to make the most of ample 3.2 FSI power.
Safety: First and Foremost
As with all Audi vehicles, the Q5 is built with a commitment to occupant safety in mind. The frame of the SUV is meticulously designed to deform in a precise manner that deflects crash energy away from the cabin. In addition, the seatbelts have been designed with pretensioners to work in coordination with the multitude of air bags in the Q5, including SIDEGUARD head curtain units for both the front and rear rows. If an accident occurs, the Q5 will turn off the engine and fuel pump automatically to minimize fire risk, actuate hazard lights, unlock all doors and switch on interior lighting for ease of evacuation.
Equal emphasis has been placed on avoiding accidents before they happen. A number of advancements put the SUV ahead of the market, including the intelligent onboard electronic stabilization program, or ESP. The system can determine if the roof-mounted cargo rails on the Q5 are in place and will adjust vehicle handling parameters accordingly to accommodate for a higher center of gravity. The result of this innovation is added stability against rollovers caused by additional roof weight. When the roof is clear of cargo, the Q5 returns to its natural demeanor once again.
On or Off Road: Capability
The Q5 has a suspension engineered to set the pace no matter what the terrain. The axles boast a design that allows for more than six inches of travel to overcome obstacles, and a vertical climb limit of 31 degrees delivers proof that this SUV can go beyond casual trips to the grocery store. A stunning 25 degree approach and departure angle means there are few routes the Q5 can’t take head on, while a ground clearance of nearly eight inches protects the underbelly of the vehicle.
An incorporated hill-descent assist button uses the ESP to hold vehicle speed steady between six and 19 mph to make descending over uneven, steep or slippery terrain safer. At first, engine compression is used to slow the vehicle in order to maintain traction. If needed, the vehicle’s braking system also can be used to slow descent. Owners may also initiate an off-road mode in the ESP system. Doing so adjusts a number of vehicle parameters to maximize off-road traction and handling, including the anti-lock braking system.
More from Audi: Options
Well appointed even in base trim, the 2010 Q5 leaves little to ask for, but buyers may choose from a number of option packages to fit the luxury SUV to their lifestyles. Those include the Q5 3.2 Premium, Q5 3.2 Premium Plus and Q5 3.2 Prestige. The Q5 3.2 Premium benefits from a host of standard equipment, including Electronic Stabilization Program® with an Anti-Lock Brake system, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Electronic Differential Locks, as well as Anti-Slip Regulation. The combined effect is a more stable platform and a new level of control from Audi. Hydraulic Brake Assist is standard as well and provides an extra burst of braking power in emergency situations.
Outside, the Q5 3.2 Premium benefits from unique 18-inch alloy wheels, and standard heated external mirrors prepare the Q5 for cold weather. Stylish halogen head lamps define the front of the vehicle and make use of daytime running lights for added safety. Attractive brushed aluminum trim on the functional roof rack and around the privacy-glass side windows gives the exterior of the Q5 a touch of class.
The interior of the 2010 Q5 3.2 Premium enjoys a leather-wrapped, four-spoke multifunction steering wheel on a manual tilt/telescopic column. Fine leather and 12-way adjustable seating in the front joins details like brushed aluminum air vent bezels and warm wood accents. The Q5 3.2 Premium continues to deliver buyers unmatched convenience with a central locking system, power windows with one-touch up/down feature and cruise control as standard equipment. The Q5 also offers buyers a suite of technology, including Audi MMI® radio plus system, which allows the driver to control the infotainment, climate and vehicle setup. A six-channel DSP 10-speaker sound system floods the vehicle with sound from SIRIUS® satellite radio.
The Q5 3.2 Premium Plus adds to the compliment of equipment on the Q5 3.2 Premium with Audi xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and a panoramic sunroof. Auto-dimming rearview mirrors, heated seats with driver memory function and HomeLink® garage door opener also are part of the package. Bluetooth® hands-free phone preparation and the world-renowned Audi music interface with iPod® cable rounds out the already impressive array of technology aboard the Q5.
Buyers looking for the most from their Q5s may choose the Q5 3.2 Prestige. The package includes all of the equipment found on the Q5 3.2 Premium Plus and adds Audi side assist blind-spot awareness and 19-inch alloy wheels. A Bang & Olufsen sound system joins Audi advanced key and Audi MMI® Navigation plus to give the Q5 3.2 Prestige the absolute best in available technology. Finally, an innovative thermo cup holder is capable of heating or cooling drinks.
A number of option packages further improve the level of customization available in the Q5. An S line package gives the SUV a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, paddle shifters and a black headliner inside, while the exterior sees stylish 20 inch wheels and unique front and rear fascias.
Audi drive select also is available on the Q5 and allows the driver to adjust a number of vehicle parameters to suit his or her tastes. Those include steering, engine, suspension, and transmission settings. Three modes allow for the perfect driving experience, and if the vehicle is equipped with MMI®, there is a customizable setting, dubbed “individual,” that allows drivers to adjust each parameter according to their liking.
The Audi Q5 will be backed by a new vehicle limited warranty that includes:
· Four-year/50,000 mile limited new vehicle warranty
· 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation
· 24-hour Roadside Assistance for four years
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