Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  First Drive - 2009 Audi Q5 3.2 - Web Exclusive
Subscribe to the Free

First Drive - 2009 Audi Q5 3.2 - Web Exclusive

Aug 4, 2008
Epcp_0808_01_z+2009_audi_q5+front_right_view Photo 1/4   |   First Drive - 2009 Audi Q5 3.2 - Web Exclusive

Audi has realized that no matter how good the Q7 is, the gargantuan size just sit well with some buyers, especially in light of recent gas prices. To still satisfy their customers who require a bit more ground clearance than what their Avants offer Audi is releasing the Q5. A five seat SUV that supplies nearly the same amount of passenger room with superior performance, driving dynamics and fuel mileage than its big brother.

We drove the Q5 all over the Spanish seaport town of Valencia to determine just how good it is. Based on the same architecture as the new b8 A4, the Q5 offers surprising on road performance with equally surprising off-road prowess. The interior is typical Audi brilliance, well laid out and built with high quality materials. You feel like a guest in German Engineers living room, especially with the large MMI display at the top of the dash.

Cars equipped with Audi's new Dynamic Ride Select are almost sport sedan responsive. The new system actually changes everything from damping rates to steering response. Not satisfied with simply stiffening up the effort, it actually reduces the steering ratio making for quicker response.

For now, Audi is stating that only the 3.2 gas engine will come to the US market. While it is a great engine with plenty of power for the Q5, we are looking forward to the 3.0TDI. Quiet, smooth, efficient with lots of torque is what the turbo diesel is all about, and was meant for applications like this. For the European market, the Q5 will get Audi's fantastic new 7-speed DSG, the North American market however will only see the standard 6-speed torque converter auto. Most customers will never know the difference and for off-roading and towing, the standard auto is probably a better choice anyway.

The Q5 is expected to go on sale in March and we expect a price under 39 grand. For a full driving impression see European Car Magazine.

Longitudinal front engine all wheel drive

3.2-liter DOHC FSI 24Valve V6

6-speed Torque converter equipped automatic

Length: 182in
Width: 74in
Height: 65in
Curb weight: 3836lbs

Horsepower: 270hp@6500rpm
Torque: 243lb-ft@3000rpm



A real deal Mercedes Evo II is virtually impossible to own unless you're ready to fork over $250K, which is Leon Kwiaton did the next best thing and built one of his own with a little twist
Sam DuMay 21, 2020
Almost a decade after its original Honda Tuning cover feature, this Civic EH hatchback can hold its own among the very best builds of today.
RodrezMay 21, 2020
Even though the world hasn't had a new Integra since 2006—and the U.S. since 2001—the model has remained a hot commodity in the tuner community
Bob HernandezMay 20, 2020
Coordinating a drive up Angeles Crest Highway with 4 Subaru owners on a weekday afternoon ain't easy, but when you can entice 'em with a first look at the 2019 S209, well, things just fall into place
Sam DuMay 20, 2020
Formula DRIFT pro driver and team owner Aurimas "Odi" Bakchis, who is making a chassis change from a Nissan S14 240SX to an S15 Silvia
Bob HernandezMay 19, 2020
Sponsored Links