Content to let the SUV party fly by, Audi was very late adding the Q7 to its roster. Based not only on the success of that model but also on the need to expand into more niches if it's to overtake BMW and Mercedes-Benz globally, Audi now positions the Q5 as a competitor in an ever-growing segment that is already filled by BMW, Acura, and Land Rover and will soon be graced by the Mercedes-Benz GLK's entrance.
Yet the Audi is the vehicle which comes to mind as the perfect small luxury utility vehicle. Not ironically, the "car" alternative in The Good 12 v2.0 is from Audi as well; the A4 Avant. Built with some of the A4's parts, the Q5 is a tour de force on the road. As expected from this premium Volkswagen subsidiary, the Q5 is gorgeous as well.
Combine dynamics and exterior class with Audi's sublime interiors and technology that runs rampant and you have a small SUV/crossover that reeks of desirability. The Audi Q5 has pull; something that draws you in and urges you to stick around. Competitors? No, the Q5 has underlings.
Engines: 265 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque from a 3.2L V6
City Mileage: est. 19 miles per gallon
Base USD Price: $37,200
Cargo Capacity: 55 cubic feet behind front row
Towing Capability: 4,400 pounds