2013 Audi Q5

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  • Styling9.5
  • Performance9.1
  • Interior9.4
  • Quality9.4
  • Recommendation9.2
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  • Styling10
  • Performance10
  • Interior10
  • Quality10
  • Recommendation10
Audi Crossover. by Mountain Matt on 01/14/2013. Trim: 2013 Audi Q5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic.
Pros: The styling is both sporty and classy. Both engines have plenty of power for normal or aggressive driving. Quattro with the 8-speed Tiptronic transmission allows for a spirited drive on all road types. Car feels stuck to the road with minimal body lean; the steering always feels tight even on center. The panorama roof gives a spacious feel to the interior, especially in back. The interior is elegant and functional with the same layout and instruments as the more expensive models, and afford the full MMI, Google navigation, and connect functions. Seats are very comfortable and the driving position feels right. I like the size, it never feels too big and inspires confidence in driving.
Cons: There is little to dislike about the car. The side mirrors are a little too big, and the B pillars quite wide; both obstruct vision somewhat. Trunk space seems just adequate for this size vehicle, but rear seats slide forward for more space, and fold down for maximum space. Also, roof rack is standard for oversize loads. 2.0 engine seems noisy/thrashy when it's working hard uphill, 3.0 is always quiet and relaxed, but feels heavier. Space saver spare tire, but saves weight. Cars are on the upper end for price and lower end of mpg for this class, but performance and luxury are well worth it.
Overall review: I drove both the 3.0 and 2.0 Q5 back-to-back for 45 minutes each, on two occasions over varied roads and grades west of Denver. I got a good feel for both cars. The 2.0 feels lighter and seems more tossable. For the average driver on flat terain, that car has sufficent power; it moves from a stoplight and passes with aplomb. But on grades and mountain driving, you can hear the 4-cycl engine as it works hard at higher RPM, if you push it. The V6, 3.0 always runs quieter; it moves effortlessly from a stoplight, and hill climbing is hardly a challenge. The engine seems happy and working without issue even when accelerating uphill to pass. Both cars stick to the road with Quattro, inspire confidence in handling, and are fun to drive. They have minor exterior trim differences, and identical interiors except for options. I ordered a 3.0T because we live in the mountains and can use the power and torque. We give up 2 mpg on average for the increase in horsepower.
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