Audi has set the base price for its all-new 2009 Audi Q5 crossover at $37200. The Q5 will begin to arrive in US dealerships next week and will be offered in three equipment levels. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the 2009 Q5 Premium starts at $37200. Pricing for the Q5 Premium Plus starts at $41500, and the Q5 Prestige starts at $48200. Prices do not include a destination charge of $825, taxes, title or dealer charges.
With the new Q5, Audi will have its first crossover vehicle for luxury car buyers who otherwise might have considered buying the Lexus RX, BMW X3 or Mercedes-Benz GLK.
The Q5 offers plenty of unique features that give it a balance of functionality, luxury and performance. It will be the only vehicle in its segment with three-zone climate control, which lets drivers and passengers select their own comfort levels. It is the only vehicle with 40/20/40 rear seats that recline and offer fore-aft adjustment for the comfort of passengers and for balancing cargo-carrying capabilities.
Audi is also equipping the Q5 with its signature LED tail lights as standard equipment. The Q5 will offer standard hitch preparation for 4400 lb of towing capacity, which puts it at the head of its class. Also standard are roof rails with aluminum cross bars that sync with the Audi ESP system to adapt accordingly.
Audi has a reputation for automotive interiors and that tradition carries through in the Q5 with standard 12-way power front seats, leather upholstery throughout and genuine wood or brushed aluminum inlays. Available exclusive luxury touches include the Bang & Olufsen Sound System and the exclusive Audi drive select system that allows motorists to choose among four distinctive driving configurations.
The Q5 will be the first model sold in the US with MMI Navigation plus, the third generation of Audi's Multi-Media Interface, which manages entertainment, communications and navigational information. The new MMI Navigation plus offers a high-capacity hard disk with 40GB of memory (including 10GB for media storage), DVD drive and an automotive grade NVIDIA chip for graphics processing. The added processing power allows MMI Navigation plus to render 3D maps of the entire US, including branded points of interest, and detailed images of buildings while offering real-time traffic information. The system also features a new, larger screen that measures 7" from corner to corner, a vocal command recognition system that understands complete words in a variety of languages and improved joystick controls.
The Audi Q5 is derived from the same platform first developed for the A4 range. The versatility of that platform gives the Q5 the driving comfort and performance characteristics of a luxury performance automobile and the longest wheelbase in its class. The efficient engineering and design of the Q5 also translated into shorter front and rear overhangs for better weight distribution to help stability. Audi also widened the platform to increase shoulder room and optimize the driver's seating position for a more commanding view of the road.
The Audi Q5 will lead the segment of AWD, gasoline crossover vehicles in fuel economy. According to the EPA, the Q5 achieves 18mpg city and 20mpg combined - both top in the category - along with 23mpg highway.