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2010 Audi Q5

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2010 Audi Q5 Review

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We don't just like the idea of the premium compact crossover, we like most of those in the segment. From the agile and boldly styled BMW X3 to the larger, softer, best-selling Lexus RX 350, the category offers something good for everyone. But we never had a clear favorite until we drove the Audi Q5.

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The stylish and substantial exterior design speaks for itself. The interior oozes with both style and quality. The drive is comfortable and/or exhilarating, depending on your mood. The 2010 Audi Q5 is the category's gold standard, and our current favorite.

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While the 2010 Audi Q5 strikes the best balance in the segment, you can find something roomier, sportier, softer or more affordable in the category.

What's New for 2010

For 2010, changes to the Audi Q5 are minimal but include a new S line wheel design and the addition of a blind spot warning system to the Prestige package.

Driving the Q5

Driving Impressions A good balance of ride and handling has traditionally required compromises on both sides of the equation, but technology continues to rewrite the rules. While the BMW X3 and Lexus...

RX 350 hold down the segment's extreme positions on the sport-comfort spectrum, respectively, the Audi Q5 offers a range of proficiency that approaches both ends. And that range is delivered by more than just the powertrain and suspension, but also seats, visibility, ergonomics and the "driving feel" we still highlight so often when talking about European cars. And when outfitted with its category-exclusive "Audi drive select" feature - highlighted in the Favorite Features section of this review - the 2010 Audi Q5 offers an even more dynamic personality.

Audi Drive Select
At the push of a button, drivers can alter engine, transmission, steering and suspension tuning according to mood. Modes include Comfort, Automatic, Dynamic and Individual, which allows a custom response profile on MMI/navigation-equipped versions.

Audi Dynamic Steering
In a tight parking lot, you want a lot of steering assist and response. When bombing down the autobahn, you want little boost and subtle directional changes. With Audi dynamic steering, the Q5 has variable assist and variable ratio, delivering the best of both worlds. The system can even provide minor steering corrections in extreme situations, reducing the need for electronic stability program intervention.

2010 Audi Q5 Details
Interior

As much as we love the 2010 Audi Q5 from the outside, it's what's on the inside that counts. And for our tastes, the inside of the Audi Q5 is as close to perfect as you'll find in the segment. It's contemporary without being cold, full of high-quality materials and, importantly, comfortable. Goodies include standard three-zone climate control, sliding and reclining rear seats and an available panoramic moonroof. The 2010 Audi Q5 is also among the segment's roomier entries. Audi's new, third-generation control and navigation system boasts 3D building graphics in larger cities, voice-driven destination address input (or just say, "I need money," for instance, to find an ATM) and a music hard drive.

Exterior
2010 Audi Q5 photo

The beauty of the Audi Q5 lies not in sharp creases or extreme angles, but in masterful proportions and glorious details. So, yeah, we like the looks of this thing. The face of the Q5 features one of our favorite corporate grille designs. The profile is beautiful in its balance, with its long wheelbase, short overhangs and perfectly proportioned wheels and wells. We also like the view from behind, especially the shape and integration of the standard LED taillights and the lack of vertical panel gaps, thanks to a unique, wraparound "clamshell" tailgate. For those interested in taking this beauty off-road, the 2010 Audi Q5 offers 7.9 inches of ground clearance. For those who aren't, there's an S line appearance package.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every 2010 Audi Q5 features leather seats, power front seats, three-zone climate control, multi-function steering wheel and a 10-speaker sound system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Standard safety equipment includes six airbags and electronic stability control that adjusts for a higher center of gravity when it detects the roof-rack crossbars are in place.

Optional Equipment

From the base price, the 2010 Audi Q5 offers about $17,000 worth of upgrades, highlights of which include Audi drive select, xenon plus headlamps with LED daytime running lights, power tailgate with memory, panorama sunroof, third-generation MMI control and navigation with backup sensors and camera, blind spot warning, Bang & Olufsen sound system, heated and cooled cupholder, keyless entry and start, power folding side mirrors and rear side airbags. Features that are standard on some competitors but not on the Q5 include Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, heated seats, driver's-seat memory, auto-dimming mirrors and iPod integration.

Under the Hood

Until further notice, every Q5 features a 3.2-liter V6 engine, all-wheel drive and a manually-selectable six-speed automatic transmission. We've nothing but good things to say about the engine – Audi says it will power the Q5 to 60 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds and to an electronically-limited top speed of 130 mph - but many of us are hoping Audi eventually offers a version with its 3.0-liter diesel engine. Like most of Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive systems recently, the Q5's features a 40/60 rear-biased torque split, which improves performance driving feel versus a 50/50 distribution. In case your interests are more specialized, the 2010 Audi Q5 boasts segment-leading towing capacity of 4,400 pounds and an innovative electronic stability control system that detects the installation of roof-rack crossbars and adjusts accordingly for the presumed higher center of gravity.

3.2-liter V6
270 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
243 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/23

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2010 Audi Q5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 88 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

You have to drive it to judge it!

By on Friday, July 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, practical for daily use & adventures"

Cons: "MMI system could be more user friendly"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought a 2015 2.0T Premium Plus Q5 about a month ago. This car is the most fun/practical/luxury crossover you can buy. Even though Audi has not changed the Q5's design a lot over the years, it has a minimalistic elegance about it. It does not say "hey look at me" when you are driving it but at the same time looks beautiful. Interior is amazing and it feels like you are sitting in a cockpit (especially at night with the red backlights). The driving experience is fantastic and I am finding any reason I get to take it out for a spin. Get this car if you like driving but also want a comfort smooth ride. As everyone has mentioned already, MMI takes a while to get used to and could be more user friendly. The car is too new to comment on it's reliability. Basically, if you are in the market for a luxury crossover SUV, give this baby a test drive!"

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Phenomenal power from my 2015 Q5 TDI

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great power and efficiency. Great handling"

Cons: "MMI is not user friendly or intuitive."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned the vehicle for about 8 mos. and 11K miles. Over that time there have been essentially no problems, and I've averaged nearly 26 mpg in combined city / highway commuting. Great efficiency, given the power. On the topic of power, we focused on the Audi TDI because my wife is accustomed to the power of her BMW 335 coupe, and wanted a vehicle that could approximate its speed and acceleration, but in a small SUV package. Mission accomplished."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best suv that i have owned

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "handling, power, comfort"

Cons: "Navigation a little hard to use. Roof slope limits"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Great power and handling. Looks great inside and out. Averaged 24.2 mpg over the 45k miles. The roof slope in the back does limit the ability to haul larger items."

14 people out of 25 found this review helpful

15,000 miles, no problems and still love it!

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "More than fun to drive. 700 miles/tankful"

Cons: "Don't have the budget to get a 2nd one."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought the TDI Prestige Edition with active suspension. Average fuel consumption @ 75mph has been 36.5 mpg (20% higher than the EPA ratings). Getting 26 around town and do NOT use the stop & go feature. Extremely quiet. Great B&O sound system."

16 people out of 27 found this review helpful

They know how to build cars in Ingolstadt!

By on Friday, June 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Build quality, material quality, performance"

Cons: "Driving position isn't ideal - nitpick"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've always preferred German Cars and have owned several over the years, as well as American and Japanese. Hands down, game over, the fat lady has sung; the fine people of Ingolstadt Germany quite simply build the finest automobiles on the road today. For those of us who need one vehicle that does it all, the Q5 is simply the best value on the market today. Some SUVs do "some" things great but the Audi Q5 somehow strikes the balance and does everything well. After 20K miles, the most prominent feature is the superior build quality which you really notice after a couple of years. Audi uses higher quality materials and tighter tolerances on assembly and the SUV seems to somehow get better with age - hence the high resale value. People of Ingolstadt, thank you! When I finally make it to your beautiful city, drinks are on me."

23 people out of 36 found this review helpful

Excellent all weather performance.

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great: - Handling in bad weather: snow, rain - Diesel engine - good mileage - average about 26 miles/gal in mixed highway/city driving - Reliable - Owned year and a half now - Beautiful bang and olafson stereo sound Not so great: - It's an SUV, so it can't corner like my A4! - Rear hatch sometimes does not latch when it comes down - not a big deal - slight push fixes it - but a little annoying"

12 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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