Audi Q5: A compact luxury crossover that delivers a premium look and feel.

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A Vehicle that Wants to be an Off-Roader

The Audi Q5 crossover does come with an all-road setting accessed through its Drive Select mode, locking the drivetrain from standard front-wheel drive into an on-demand all-wheel-drive system called Quattro with Ultra. This does improve fuel economy but does not really make the Q5 an off-road vehicle. However, there is much better body control in this generation of Q5 than that found with the former generation.

Redesigned outside and inside, the Audi Q5 comes with an air of stylish functionality and refinement, and full of luxurious amenities for comfort on the ride. This definitely is the type of vehicle that appeals to crossover SUV enthusiasts. Audi is touting the new model as a vehicle that has the sporty characteristics of a sedan with the off-road capabilities of an SUV.

What Each Model Q5 Offers

The Premium Audi Q5 comes with a 2.0 Litre turbocharged direct-injection engine and Quattro all-wheel drive with Ultra technology, 252 horsepower at 5000-6000 rpm, and 273 lb-ft of torque. As well there are eighteen-inch five double-spoke dynamic design wheels and all-season tires. The Q5 crossover SUV seats five. The interior is handsome and well-designed. Also included is an Audi Smartphone interface with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, as well as a rear-view camera with a seven-inch centre colour display.

The Premium Plus Audi Q5 comes with everything that is on the Premium model as well as Audi side assist and Audi pre-sense, a process inclusive of pre-tensioning the front safety belts and closing the side windows and the panoramic sunroof. There is Rear Cross-traffic assist and Vehicle exit assist, and Audi Connect Care assistance and security services. The headlights are full LED, stop and entry is keyless with Audi advanced Key function. There is also hands-free tailgate release. For added comfort on the ride, the front seats are heated and have driver memory.

The luxurious Prestige Q5 includes all that the Premium Plus offers, as well as; Audi virtual cockpit and head-up display delivering navigation and assistance systems, a six-month trial subscription to Audi Connect Prime and Audi Connect Plus online services. The Bang & Olufsen sound system in the LED-accented lighted cabin provides exceptional multidimensional acoustics with 3D sound, nineteen speakers, a sixteen-channel amplifier and seven hundred and fifty-five watts of power.

Also included is MMI Navigation plus that comes all-in-touch with voice-recognition technology, and there is a top view camera parking system, a great help when reversing.

Safe and Secure

In the case of an impending collision, standard Audi Q5 pre sense® basic can intervene and prepare the vehicle for impact. This process includes beginning to close the side windows and panoramic sunroof, pre-tensioning the front safety belts and preparing the brake system for a quicker response during an unexpected maneuver.