Audi Q5

From Audi press: The 2011 Audi Q5 quattro® was designed 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 choice of two lightweight and efficient engines and the world-class capability of quattro all-wheel drive. Easily identifiable and built with a distinctly sporty flavor, the 2011 Audi Q5 quattro is a modern SUV for today’s driving environment.

A wide track and low front and rear overhangs give the Audi Q5 quattro a capable stance, indicating that it is a versatile vehicle, ready to take on anything. The tailgate makes loading and unloading cargo easy. Bright LED tail lamps draw attention to the rear, flowing along the body lines of the Audi Q5 quattro 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.

With an interior built to the high standards for which Audi is renowned, the 2011 Q5 quattro 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 legroom and headroom. An optional panoramic sunroof helps create a more open environment while also brightening the cabin significantly.

For 2011, the Audi Q5 2.0T quattro joins the lineup, powered by the acclaimed 2.0 TFSI® turbocharged direct injection inline four, which produces 211 hp and a remarkable 258 lb-ft of torque. The seamless power delivery of the water-cooled turbocharger allows the 2.0 TFSI to develop peak torque from just 1,500 rpm. The result is a driving experience that rewards buyers with an instant rush of power at nearly any engine speed. Thanks to direct injection technology and turbocharged efficiency, the 2011 Audi Q5 2.0T quattro is able nevertheless to achieve a class-leading 20/27 mpg (city/hwy).

The Audi Q5 3.2 quattro is powered by a 3.2 FSI® V6 engine. With 270 hp 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 Audi Q5 quattro 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 Audi Q5 quattro offers excellent fuel economy with the unmatched all-weather capability of all- wheel drive.

Well appointed even in base trim, the 2011 Audi Q5 quattro leaves little to ask for, but buyers may choose from a number of option packages to fit the luxury SUV to their lifestyles. Packages include the Audi Q5 2.0T quattro Premium, Audi Q5 2.0T quattro Premium Plus, Audi Q5 3.2 quattro Premium Plus and Audi Q5 3.2 quattro Prestige. The Premium package provides full paint finish, aluminum accents around the windows and roof rails, and full LED taillights.

Outside, the Audi Q5 2.0T quattro Premium benefits from unique 18-inch alloy wheels, and standard heated external mirrors and windshield washer nozzles prepare the Audi Q5 quattro for cold weather. Stylish halogen headlights define the front of the vehicle and serve as 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 Audi Q5 quattro an even more progressive appearance.

The interior of the 2011 Q5 2.0T quattro Premium features a leather-wrapped, four-spoke multifunction steering wheel on a manual tilt/telescopic column. Fine leather and 12-way adjustable front seats join details like brushed aluminum air vent bezels and warm wood inlays. Three-zone climate control comes standard, as does a trip computer with efficiency display, bottle holders in the doors, a number of storage compartments, and a multi-attachment point in the passenger foot well to hold a hand bag or a bag of groceries after a quick stop at the store.

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