First Drive: 2009 Audi Q5

By Editors on July 24, 2008 2:10 PM
The Audi Q5 compact crossover won't arrive in America until early 2009, but we've driven the range of European versions and we can tell you that if you're currently looking at something in the BMW X3 genre, you might want to hold off. In what has become a recurring theme for every new car wearing the four shiny rings, the Q5 offers just-right styling outside, a beautiful and comfortable interior and equally impressive levels of comfort and performance. We also like the new, third-generation MMI central control system and the enhanced navigation system with real-time traffic information and three-dimensional building graphics. The Q5's sole powertrain at launch will comprise a 270-horsepower 3.2-liter V6, six-speed automatic transmission (not Audi's new seven-speed DSG unit) and quattro all-wheel drive. According to Audi, the powertrain is good for 6.8-second sprints to 60 miles per hour. We're hoping the lineup will quickly grow to include the automaker's brilliant turbocharged two-liter engine and/or the 3.0-liter diesel V6 that's coming to America early next year stowed away in the engine bay of the bigger Q7.
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