17 October 2008
The German brands are at it again. BMW started it with the release of its X3, a smaller, more compact SUV the BMWs own X5. Mercedes then got out its own compact crossover, the GLK-class. Audi did not want to be left behind and has now released its very own cute-ute, the all-new Audi Q5.
The Audi Q5 is a bit like a smaller Audi Q7. It’s still tall, but it’s shorter than the full-size Q7. Up front, it features a huge grille, typical of current Audi’s. It looks good overall, a bit bland, but handsome as well.
This car is not about looks though. Audi made sure that this SUV is as energy-efficient as possible. The only available engine in the US is the 2.0 liter V6 that produces 211 horsepower, not really all that powerful, but good enough to pull this thing through. More importantly, the engines are fuel-efficient, a must in these times of high oil prices.
Apart from the fuel-sipping engines, the Q5 also has a 0.33 coefficient of drag, ensuring that it slices through the air like a hot knife through butter, which helps improve fuel-efficiency. The Q5 is Audi’s answer to the demand for small, fuel-efficient, yet still fun-to-drive SUVs.