2012 Audi Q5

Updated June 30, 2011
2012 Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 is, once again, the best-reviewed luxury compact SUV. Offering an unbeatable blend of luxury, beauty, and athleticism, the 2012 Audi Q5 outshines rivals from manufacturers such as Acura, Cadillac, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz. Following the introduction of a new base turbo four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed transmission for 2011, the 2012 Q5 carries forward largely unchanged. The only notable equipment change is that Audi's "advanced key" keyless entry and start system becomes standard equipment on models outfitted with the available 3.2-liter V6 engine. For a more detailed review of this small premium SUV, see our page on the 2009 Audi Q5. .

Fuel economy rundown

Fuel economy for the Audi Q5, which features all-wheel drive standard, is an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway/20 mpg combined for the 270-horsepower, 3.2-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. With the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo and eight-speed automatic transmission, fuel economy estimates improve to 20 mpg city/27 highway/22 combined. Premium fuel is required.

ProsPunchy engine selections, Fun to drive, Comfortable ride, Beautiful interior, IIHS Top Safety Pick, Towing capacity, Standard AWDConsComplicated controls, Rear visibility, Cargo room lags some rivals, Middle rear seat not comfortable, Premium fuel required, Pricey