2013 Audi Q5 at Fletcher Jones Audi in ChicagoA sport sedan with a backpack
Every so often a car is made that perfectly delivers upon the desires of the times. Right now that desire is the handling of a sport sedan, the higher ground clearance of an SUV, and the cabin of a luxury car ? an apt description of the Audi Q5.An elevation of design
When an Audi Q5 drives by, its sporty and sophisticated profile can't be missed. From its dramatic wheels and classy aluminum roof rails to the graceful slope of its roof, this is one SUV that stands apart from the crowd. For 2013, the Q5 has been further beautified with a restyled grille, sleeker designs for the bumpers and lights, and the integration of signature Audi LED technology in the taillights and available daytime running lights.Following through on a first impression
The Audi Q5 presents its occupants with seats placed at the perfect height for easy entry and exit, with virtually no bending or stretching involved. After settling in, occupants find themselves in a cabin filled with luxurious leather and an eye-catching mix of aluminum accents and all-natural walnut trim. The dashboard has been laid out to serve the driver and features an available integrated MMI® screen positioned close to the driver's line of sight. The comfortably firm seats provide plenty of room for five, with rear passengers enjoying the superb comfort awarded by reclining seats, independent climate controls, and privacy glass.A greater selection of richer choices
Unlike many in its segment, the Audi Q5 offers two engines, each blessed with the dual benefits of forced induction and FSI® direct fuel injection. The turbocharged 211 horsepower 2.0-liter TFSI® engine can achieve 28 mpg on a highway cruise, while the supercharged V6 in the 3.0T model pumps out a robust 272 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque. With either engine, Audi quattro® seamlessly spreads the power among all four wheels, all the time, enhancing traction under all conditions. Working in concert with the sophisticated multilink suspension and a new electromechanical power steering system, the Audi Q5 possesses an athletic on-road feel that's all too rare in the sport-utility world.Ready for any circumstance
When it comes to passenger protection on the Q5, Audi left no stone unturned. Its occupants receive protection from six standard airbags, including front airbags, side airbags, and two head-level curtain airbags covering both rows (plus available body-level thorax side airbags for outboard rear passengers). Electronic Stability Control helps secure the car's intended path at all times, and in the event of a collision, intelligent sensors automatically unlock the doors, switch on interior and hazard lights, and cut off fuel flow to the engine.