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2010 Audi Q5 Overview
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Now in its second year of production, the Audi Q5 luxury compact crossover vehicle receives minor updates for 2010. Audi adds Fine Grain Ash decorative wood inlay as a standard feature for 2010. In addition, the four-spoke leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel gets chrome trim, and Audi makes a few minor adjustments to the Premium Plus and Prestige packages, available as options for the Q5. Finally, the automaker tweaks the Q5's tire pressure monitoring system, which now uses ABS wheel speed sensors instead of wheel-mounted units to detect air loss.
Based on the same platform as the Audi A4 sedan, the Q5 competes against such vehicles as the BMW X3, the Infiniti EX35, and the Lexus RX 350, as well as newer kids on the block like the Mercedes-Benz GLK and the Volvo XC60. The Q5 seats five passengers in two rows, and offers 19 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up. With the rear seats folded flat, cargo space expands to 55 cubic feet.
The roomy interior features leather seats designed to keep passengers comfortable over long
distances, although three adults might feel a little cramped in the rear seat. The front seats feature 12-way power adjustment with four-way power lumbar adjustment and adjustable head restraints. Three-zone climate control, with separate controls for the driver and front passenger, as well as the rear-seat passengers, comes standard. Surfaces and appointments throughout the cabin have a high-quality feel, thanks to exemplary craftsmanship and ergonomics. For entertainment, the Audi Q5 comes equipped with a 180-watt, 10-speaker Audi concert radio sound system with a CD player, Sirius satellite radio, and an MP3 input jack.
Available Premium Plus and Prestige packages add a number of additional features, including memory settings for the driver's seat and an auto-dimming interior mirror with a compass. In addition, both packages add Bluetooth and the Homelink universal garage door opener, while the Prestige package also adds a Bang and Olufsen sound system and the Audi MMI navigation system, which includes a 7-inch color LCD screen, a 40-gigabyte hard drive, and Audi's MMI control logic, capable of generating 3D maps on the display screen.
Outside, the Q5 comes equipped with heated power mirrors, LED taillights, and aluminum roof rails with crossbars. The Premium Plus and Prestige packages add HID headlights and a power tailgate. The Q5 rides on 18-inch 10-spoke wheels, although Audi offers optional wheels up to 20 inches.
A 3.2-liter, direct-injected V6 powers the 2010 Q5. The DOHC, all-aluminum engine sends 265 hp through a six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, driving the Q5 from 0-60 in 6.8 seconds. The Q5 also comes standard with the latest version of Audi's Quattro permanent four-wheel-drive system, which splits torque 40/60 front-to-rear for optimal traction and stability on all types of road surfaces.
Safety features for 2010 include an Electronic Stabilization Program with rollover mitigation and a roof-rack rollover detection system. An Anti-Slip Regulation system and antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution also come standard.
Rob has been a contributor to CarGurus since 2007, and an automotive test-driver and writer since the early ’90s. He’s test-driven everything from BMWs and Jags to Bentleys and Saabs, with an occasional Range Rover, Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini thrown in. He also created the annual Car of the Year and Exotic Car of the Year awards for Robb Report magazine. He currently resides in Florida.
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