2009 Audi Q5

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What Changed for 2009:
  • All-new small luxury SUV from Audi
  • Built on the same platform as the Audi A4 and Audi A5
  • Standard 3.2-liter V-6 powerplant
  • Permanent quattro all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • Next-generation MMI multi-media interface
  • Available Audi parking system
Audi's second SUV, the all-new Q5, enters a segment already occupied by the BMW X3, Land Rover LR2, Lexus RX 350, Infiniti EX35, Volvo XC60, and the Mercedes-Benz GLK. As such, the Q5 finds itself competing against strong rivals. To differentiate its entrant from the competition, Audi boasts that the new Q5 is the sportiest in the segment, the most fuel efficient in the class, and offers best-in-class towing capability. A long list of standard luxury features, permanent quattro AWD, a strong 6-cylinder powerplant, and innovative technology will help consumers discern it from the growing crowd of small luxury SUVs.

Smaller than its sibling, the larger 7-passenger Audi Q7, the 5-passenger Audi Q5 is decidedly sportier in overall appearance, execution, and performance, the automaker claims. The large, now familiar, Audi single-frame grille is bracketed by expressive headlights (\"Xenon plus\" headlamps are optional) and LED daytime running lights. Large 5-spoke wheels, set inside gently flared fenders, give the Q5 an aggressive stance, enhanced by the tapered LED tail lamps and wrap-around rear reflectors. Audi has styled the Q5 with a roofline that begins to slope down towards the rear immediately after the B-pillar without impeding rear-seat passenger head room. The Q5's interior is lined with high-quality materials including standard leather seats and real wood trim, accented by thin aluminum surrounds. The center console houses a storage compartment, dual cupholders, and the controls for the MMI (multi-media interface) set just behind the conventional transmission shifter. The traditional instrument panel features a large central display screen, located just above the center vents.

Model Lineup
The all-new Q5 fits in well with the rest of the Audi model lineup, and shares the same platform as Audi's A4 and A5. The modular chassis architecture allows the Audi to have the longest wheelbase in its class, to improve ride quality, and a wide stance, to improve handling and stability, the automaker says. With the exception of the hood and trunk-both made of lightweight aluminum-most of the chassis and body panels are manufactured from high-strength, or ultra-high-strength, steel. According to Audi, these provide a stronger passenger cell with optimized deformation properties and reduced cabin vibration.

There are three different 2009 Audi Q5 models: Q5 Premium, Q5 Premium Plus, and Q5 Prestige. In addition to the long list of expected standard power and luxury equipment, the standard Premium model is equipped with leather upholstery, triple-zone climate control, rear reclining/sliding seats, and 12-way power-operated front seats. The Premium Plus model adds Xenon headlamps, power tailgate, auto-dimming mirrors, heated seats, panoramic moonroof, and upgraded audio. The Prestige package includes 19-inch alloy wheels, advanced keyless entry/start, parking assist with reversing camera, MMI Navigation Plus, and the high-level 505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system.

The 2009 Audi Q5 does not share a platform with the new Volkswagen Tiguan. As proof, all Q5 models share a longitudinally mounted (front-to-back in the engine compartment) engine, unlike the transverse (side-to-side) powerplant in the new Tiguan. The powerplant is Audi's familiar 3.2-liter V-6 FSI with direct injection, rated at 270 hp and 243 lb.-ft. of torque. Connected to a standard 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with DSP and sport shift programs, Audi says the Q5 sprints to 60 mph in an estimated 6.8 seconds. All Q5s will be equipped with quattro permanent AWD as standard equipment. To enhance driving feel, and offer more traditional rear-wheel-drive handling dynamics, the quattro splits torque 40:60 (front to rear) under normal driving conditions. In inclement weather, or under road conditions offering less-than-ideal traction, quattro will automatically transfer more engine power to the wheels that need it. According to 2009 EPA estimates, the Audi Q5 earns 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway for a combined rating of 20 mpg.

Audi's new Q5 SUV utilizes a 5-link front axle, and a trapezoidal-link rear axle. Both are manufactured primarily of aluminum in an effort to reduce weight and improve the ride, Audi says. Four-wheel disc brakes, with anti-lock control, are standard across all models. Standard Q5s feature 18-inch lightweight forged aluminum alloy wheels, with 19- or 20-inch aluminum wheels available as options.

Audi utilizes a modular unibody chassis with high-strength and ultra-high strength steel grades for a rigid occupant cell with optimized crash properties. In addition to the dual frontal-impact air bags, side air bags, and side curtain air bags, all models feature standard anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability control with rollover mitigation (EPS), wet-weather brake disc wipe, and brake assist. A blind-spot warning system is optional.

The 2009 Audi Q5 had not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when this profile review was originally published.

The 2009 Audi Q5 was the first model in the manufacturer's lineup to debut the next-generation Audi multi-media interface and communication center (MMI), with what Audi claims is simplified operation. The refined MMI features a new joystick with 8-way control for convenient input. The display is now a 7-inch TFT monitor with high-resolution images and LED backlighting able to project high contrast 3-dimensional maps (conventional two-dimensional views may also be selected) with real-time traffic reporting. A new telephone directory has the capability of storing up to 2,000 named entries with refined speech-to-text capabilities allowing the driver simplified hands-free operation without the need to spell out the individual letters.

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  • Name Premium (quattro 4dr 3.2L) Transmission Automatic MSRP 37200.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 18/23
  • Name Premium Plus (quattro 4dr 3.2L) Transmission Automatic MSRP 37200.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 18/23
  • Name Prestige (quattro 4dr 3.2L) Transmission Automatic MSRP 37200.00 Engine 3.2L/195 City/Hwy MPG 18/23
  • Leather seating surfaces
  • 12-way pwr front bucket seats w/4-way pwr lumbar adjustment, seatback storage nets
  • 40/20/40 split-folding second-row rear seat w/fully-flat folding, 10-degree seatback angle adjustment, fore/aft adjustment, independent quick-release from cargo area
  • Folding & sliding front center armrest w/adjustable height & storage underneath
  • Velour carpeting
  • Front & rear floor mats w/fastening mechanism
  • Four-spoke multifunction leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt & telescopic manually adjustable steering column
  • Keyless entry
  • Trip computer -inc: outside temp display, digital speed display, radio/telephone display, active Auto Check system w/speed warning device, pictogram display for open door & deck lid
  • Pwr central locking system
  • Pwr windows -inc: pwr retention, one touch up/down on all (4) windows, driver controlled lock-out, pinch protection
  • Electronic active cruise control
  • Interior tailgate release on driver door
  • Anti-theft vehicle alarm system & immobilizer w/blinking theft deterrent light in driver door
  • 3-zone climate control
  • Electric rear window defogger w/automatic timed shut off feature
  • Illuminated locking glovebox w/air-conditioned vent for cooling
  • (4) 12V pwr outlets: front ashtray, front center console storage bin, rear of front center console, in cargo area
  • (2) retractable cupholders in fold-down rear center armrest
  • (2) front cupholders
  • (4) bottle holders
  • Front & rear ashtrays
  • Aluminum trim
  • Wood decorative inlays
  • (4) assist handles in headliner above each door w/slow retraction feature
  • Front sliding sun visors w/illuminated vanity mirror for driver & front passenger
  • Front & rear reading lights
  • Front & rear footwell lighting
  • Leather shift knob
  • Storage nets in: passenger footwell, passenger-side cargo wall
  • Removable cargo floor w/waterproof storage area underneath
  • (4) tie-down eyelets in floor of trunk
  • Hard cargo cover
  • Heated 12-way pwr front bucket seats w/4-way pwr lumbar adjustment, driver side memory, seatback storage nets
  • HomeLink 3-channel remote transmitter in overhead console
  • Auto-dimming interior mirrors w/compass
  • Audi advanced key
  • Thermal heated/cooled cupholder replaces existing cupholder for driver
  • 18" x 8" 10-spoke V-design alloy wheels
  • 235/60R18 all-season tires
  • Temporary inflatable spare tire w/attached compressor
  • Full body paint
  • Roof rails w/crossbars
  • Brushed aluminum trim on roof rails & around side windows
  • Rain & light sensor
  • Dual front & rear foglights
  • 3 blink touch-to-pass lane change feature
  • Heated pwr mirrors w/turn signal indicators
  • Privacy glass
  • Variable speed windshield wipers
  • Heated windshield washer nozzles
  • Rear window wiper & defroster w/washer system
  • LED rear lights
  • Panorama sunroof
  • Stainless steel trunk edge trim & door sills
  • Audi xenon plus headlamps w/LED daytime running lights
  • Auto-dimming heated pwr folding mirrors w/turn signal indicators
  • Pwr tailgate
  • 19" x 8" 5-arm alloy wheels
  • 235/55R19 all-season tires
  • 3.2L V6 engine
  • 6-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission
  • Front/rear electronically locking hypoid gear differential
  • quattro all-wheel drive
  • Fully galvanized steel unibody construction w/aluminum hood & tailgate
  • Front five-link independent steel spring suspension
  • Rear trapezoidal-link independent steel spring suspension
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Front ventilated disc brakes
  • Rear solid disc brakes
  • Electromechanical emergency brake w/drive-off release function
  • Exposed dual exhaust tailpipes w/polished tips
  • Tool kit & jack located in storage compartment in trunk
    • Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
    • Hydraulic brake assist
    • ESP (electronic stabilization program) w/roll-over mitigation, ABS, EBD, EDL, ASR, off road mode w/hill descent control
    • Daytime running lights
    • Impact protection w/reinforced high strength steel & aluminum crossmembers
    • Driver & front passenger advanced dual-stage airbag supplemental restraints
    • Driver & front passenger seat-mounted side thorax airbag supplemental restraints
    • Front passenger occupant detection
    • SIDEGUARD head curtain airbags for both rows of seats
    • Front row three-point safety belts w/automatic pretensioning, height adjustable upper mounts, force limiters
    • Rear second row three-point safety belts w/automatic pretensioning, automatic locking retractor
    • LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) provisions in rear seats (including third row)
    • Integrated child door locks in rear doors
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Audi concert AM/FM/MP3 radio w/single CD player, (10) speakers, 180W amplifier, auxiliary input, SD card slot
    • Sirius satellite radio -inc: (3) months complimentary service
    • Dual SD card slot w/32GB capacity
    • Aux-in located in center console
    • Audi music interface -inc: iPod cable
    • Audi symphony AM/FM/MP3 radio w/6-CD changer, SD card slot, RDS display
    • Bluetooth phone prep
    • Bang & Olufsen sound system w/AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio, 14-speakers, 505 watt amplifier
    • Audi MMI navigation plus pkg -inc: HDD navigation, Audi parking system w/rearview camera, color driver info display, DVD player, voice control

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