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2011 Audi Q5 2.0T

  1. Turbocharged and Terrific

    Turbocharged and Terrific

    Thanks to its turbocharged engine, the new Audi Q5 2.0T luxury compact SUV packs sizable torque and offers better gas mileage than the more expensive BMW X3.
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  2. Interior


    Leather seats and walnut trim are standard. Handy features include a cooler in the glove box, a bin under the rear deck for storing wet items, and an adjustable driver's armrest. Cargo space is 29.1 cu. ft. with the rear seats up, and 57.3 cu. ft. with them down.
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  3. Engine


    The 2.0T is powered by a 2.0-liter, 211-horsepower twin turbo four-cylinder engine that delivers a whopping 258 lb.-ft. of torque. Horsepower rises to 270 in the V6-powered Q5 3.2, but torque falls slightly to 243 lb.-ft.

    (Engine depicted is the 2.0T from the Audi A5).
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  4. Transmission


    The transmission is an eight-speed Tiptronic on the Q5 2.0T, a six-speed Tiptronic on the V6-powered Q5 3.2. Those who wish to can shift manually using the shift lever on the center console. All-wheel drive is standard on both models.
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  5. Performance


    Acceleration is excellent, but can't quite match the new BMW X3. Audi says the Q5 2.0T accelerates from zero to 60 in 7.1 seconds, vs. 6.7 seconds for both the BMW X3 xDrive28i and the Q5 3.2. The BMW X3 xDrive35i does zero to 60 in just 5.5 seconds.
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  6. Fuel Economy

    Fuel Economy

    The Audi Q5 2.0T is rated at 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on the highway, for an average of 22. That bests the BMW X3 xDrive28i (19/25/21), the V6-powered Q5 3.2 (18/23/20), and the all-wheel-drive Acura RDX (17/22/19).
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  7. Safety


    The Q5 earned the top "Good" rating in all categories from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Standard equipment includes stability and traction control, and front-seat side and head-protecting side-curtain air bags. Rear side air bags are optional ($350).
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  8. Price


    The Q5 2.0T starts at $36,075, the V6-powered Q5 3.2 at $43,375. The Q5 faces stiff competition from the new BMW X3, which went down in price when it was redesigned for 2011. The BMW X3 xDrive28i starts at $37,625, the X3 xDrive35i at $41,925.

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