Audi’s new addition to the 2011 Audi Q5 lineup is a cheaper 4-cylinder model. The premium compact SUV can seat up to a total of 5 passengers and is equipped with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive.
Also new is the base 2.0T packing a turbocharged 211 hp 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine, similar to that of the Audi A4.
Meanwhile, the 3.2 sits at the top of the Q5 lineup, packing a 270 hp 3.2 liter V6 engine.
The model with the 4 cylinder comes with an 8 speed automatic transmission. On the other hand, the model with the V6 engine uses a 6 speed automatic.
Flexibility of the all-wheel drive system is found in its ability to shift as much as 65% up front and 85% in the rear, as the driving conditions may require, as well as its split torque 40 and 60 in the front and rear, respectively.
A distinct feature is the Audi Multi-Media interface or MMI. It’s a system that makes use of an entire dashboard of controls to allow you to adjust navigation, suspension, audio, and other functions on the car. Available as an optional feature is the Audi Drive Select. This allows you to control and alter the settings for the engine, steering, transmission, and suspension.
Other features of this lineup include a navigation system, three-zone climate control, keyless entry & engine start, blind spot alert, rearview camera, power tailgate, wireless cell phone link.
This vehicle’s navigation system uses GPS technology to help your directional and location concerns when you’re driving with the help of a driving database which contains information on most roads and nearby locations.
Safe backing and parking is also ensured with the blind-spot alert, which helps you see things that are otherwise not within the driver’s view, as well as the rearview camera, which allows the driver to particularly see the rear of the car when backup up.
Keyless entry & engine start lets you unlock your car doors with the touch of the door handle as well as start an engine with the push of the button – all you have to do is make sure that the key is near the car.
Wireless cell phone links ensure safety for cell phone users by allowing them to take calls, dial contacts, and command other cell phone functions wirelessly, such as voice commands.
Lastly, the three-zone climate control allows you to freely adjust the condition of your vehicle to your liking. You can even control the climate of particular parts of the car, specifically, the front, back, and the driver’s seat. That way, your car will always be kept in the conditions that you are always comfortable with when you’re driving.