2012 Audi Q5 Premium Plus Quattro 3.2 SUV



  • Year: 2012
  • Make: Audi
  • Model: Q5
  • Trim: Premium Plus Quattro 3.2
  • Bodystyle: SUV
  • Mileage: 108,400 miles
  • Engine: 3.2L V6 F DOHC 24V / ALL WHEEL DRIVE
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Fuel Type: Regular Unleaded
  • Exterior Color: Black
  • Interior Color: Black
  • VIN: WA1DKAFP1CA046354
  • Stock #: 11528AG

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Included Packages

Audi MMI Navigation Plus Package
  • Radio: In-Dash Single CD/DVD Player & HD Radio
  • Front & Rear Acoustic Parking Sensors
  • 8-Color Driver Information Display
S Line Package
  • Wheels: 8.5J x 20" 5-Segment-Spoke-Design
  • Tires: P255/45R20 Summer
  • S Line 3-Spoke Multifunction Sport Steering Wheel
  • Genuine Brushed Aluminum Decorative Inlays
  • S Line Shift Knob
  • Black Cloth Headliner
  • Comments:

    Leather / Heated Seating 
    Rear Parking Camera 
    Xenon Headlamps 
    S-Line Package 
    4 NEW TIRES 
    3.2L V6 F DOHC 24V

    2012 Audi Q5

    I'm a fan of premium compact body-type crossover SUVs — compelling, small packages in which carlike agility, luxury and cargo versatility unite. The five-seat Audi Q5 blends these attributes well, and its sleek profile and attractive LED head- and taillights make the cute-ute look both elegant and sporty.

    The 2012 Audi Q5 is the Goldilocks of the premium compact crossover class, offering a just-right blend of sporty road manners, comfortable driving dynamics, peppy power and plenty of cabin comfort.

    The only change of note for 2012 is the addition of a new S line plus option package. It adds 20-inch titanium alloy wheels and black matte exterior trim. The hybrid model slated for 2012 has been delayed until 2013. 2.0T Premium and the V6-powered, uplevel 3.2 Premium Plus trims return for model-year 2012. I tested the 2.0T Premium. The Q5's main competitors are the BMW X3, Cadillac SRX and Infiniti EX35. See all of them compared here.

    A Balancing Act of Sport & Comfort

    Although competitors from BMW and Infiniti offer six-cylinder power for a similar price, the four-cylinder Q5 has no trouble keeping up. In fact, the turbocharged engine never feels slow. The 2.0T's 211-horsepower rating may seem lacking compared with the SRX (308 hp) and EX35 (297 hp), but the Q5's turbo makes up for it with 258 lb-ft of torque. It feels robust from a stop and competently delivers more power for highway maneuvers.

    The Q5's eight-speed automatic transmission is alert overall, sometimes to the point of feeling busy, but it's generally responsive, with prompt kick downs. A hint of turbo lag delays acceleration at the start, but drivers should be able to acclimate.

    Top fuel economy numbers expand this engine's appeal: The Q5 2.0T's EPA rating is 20/27 mpg city/highway. I drove 194 miles in an approximate 60/40 city/highway split and got 23 mpg. Cadillac's SRX is rated 16/23 mpg and the Infiniti EX35 is rated 17/24 mpg.

    The Q5's ride and handling balance lends it a sporty feel. Though its ride is on the firm side, it's never jittery or uncomfortable. The payoff is sharp handling. The Q5 feels carlike and agile, with great roadholding even in fast corners. The X3 and EX35 match it for handling, but the Q5 absorbs bumps better.

    In terms of steering, the Q5 is a mixed bag. It has speed-sensitive steering, so it feels light and over-boosted in low-speed maneuvers, then firms up at higher speeds.

    Cabin Hits & Misses

    High-quality leather and soft-touch plastics give the Audi Q5's cabin an expensive look and feel, but — and this is a big but — Audi's interior designers should go back to color class. Jet black and cinnamon brown simply do not get along, and confined spaces only amplify garish color combinations.

    A subjective matter, you say? I usually agree, but every one of my passengers commented on it, including my husband, who's normally blind to such egregious fashion faux pas. The Q5 isn't the only victim; Audi does this in several of its vehicles. Luckily, there are a couple other color combinations to choose from, including light gray, beige and black. The only way to get the brown seats, however, is with the black interior. The rest of the cabin is tastefully trimmed in walnut wood.

    Though loud to look at, the cabin itself is impressively hushed. Road noise is well-muffled, but the standard roof rails with removable cross bars induce some wind noise at highway speeds.

    Front-seat occupants have ample room. The driver's comfort is further aided by a cushy, supportive front seat with standard 12-way power adjustment, including lumbar support.

    The confines aren't as friendly in the backseat, where taller passengers will need more space. Legroom is tight, though the sliding and reclining seat helps; it's a rarity in this class. Although the optional panoramic moonroof is lovely, it shaves precious inches of headroom.

    The premium compact crossover class is not the place you want to be shopping if you're looking for second-row legroom. With 37.4 inches of space, however, the Audi Q5 offers more legroom than the X3 (36.8 inches), SRX (36.3 inches) and EX35 (28.5 inches).

    The 60/40-split backseat folds simply from the rear doors or from the cargo area. Folding it yields 57.3 cubic feet of space and an almost flat load floor. There's also a small storage compartment under the floor. Seats up, the Q5 has 29.1 cubic feet — more than the X3 and EX35 offer with the seats up and enough for a big trip to the grocery store. Its power hatch is a nice convenience, though it's available only in a pricey option package. This feature is optional on the SRX and X3 and unavailable on the EX35.

    MMI: Made Me Insane

    If you end up with a Audi Q5, book a few hours with the owner's manual to read up on Audi's Multi-Media Interface, which takes a lot of getting used to. Although I'm familiar with MMI, we still needed time to get reacquainted. The system absorbs and centralizes a lot of climate, audio and navigation functions, turning most simple tasks into multistep processes. For example, to change the radio presets, you'll have to drill through several menus. It left me longing for a simple button to push.

    Physically, MMI's main control knob is ergonomically placed and doesn't require much of a stretch. The radio volume, however, is controlled via a console knob that's set far from the driver and requires an awkward reach. Thankfully, steering-wheel controls are standard.

    The upside to MMI is its functions: The real-time weather and traffic data were helpful. The voice-command system understood "next coffee shop" and displayed several in my area. I selected my favorite one and got turn-by-turn directions.

    All the caffeine in the world couldn't improve the navigation's functionality, however. Inputting an address requires twisting the console-mounted knob to find and select each number and letter. A touch-screen would really help. Getting lost and wandering into my destination would probably take less time.

    To be fair, BMW's iDrive system in the X3 is similarly complicated. The EX35's touch-screen and simplified menu structure, however, are much more intuitive.

    Features & Pricing

    A base price of $35,600 gets you standard quattro all-wheel drive, brake assist, hill-descent control, dual-zone automatic climate control in front with separate rear controls, a tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, leather seats and surfaces, 12-way power front bucket seats and a cooled glove box.

    The Premium Plus Convenience Package adds $4,300 to the sticker and features LED daytime running lights, auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors, front heated seats with driver memory function, stainless-steel exterior trim, a panoramic moonroof and a power liftgate. The $3,000 MMI Navigation Plus Package includes the multimedia system, HD radio and navigation with voice control, and a backup camera with parking sensors.

    Audi's Advanced Key keyless entry system added $550, which brought my test Q5's final price to $44,800 after the $875 destination fee. Despite its hefty price tag, it stacks up well against similarly priced competition in this expensive class.


    The 2012 Audi Q5 received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest score, Good, in frontal offset, side-impact, rear-impact, and roof-strength crash tests, making it a Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last rated the Q5 for the 2010 model year, before NHTSA's more stringent tests took effect for 2011.

    Standard safety features include frontal and side-impact airbags for the front seats, plus side curtain airbags for head protection in the front and rear seats. Side-impact airbags for torso protection are optional for the backseat. As is required of all 2012 models, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard. For a full list of standard safety features, check out the Standard Equipment & Specs page.

    The Q5 offers several active-safety options, but they're not available across the entire lineup: A helpful backup camera comes only in an expensive package. (It's a stand-alone option on the X3, standard on the EX35 and standard on uplevel versions of the SRX.) Similarly, a blind spot warning system isn't available on 2.0T versions of the Q5.

    The Q5 has a refreshingly easy Latch system for installing child-safety seats. Plastic, removable covers make finding the anchors a breeze (though I'd lose the plastic covers within a day). Click here to read our full Car Seat Check.

    Q5 in the Market

    With a base price of $35,600, the Audi Q5 may sound pricey, but if you're shopping in this segment you're not looking for a budget vehicle. The Q5's bottom line can escalate quickly, though, especially considering many features are available only in expensive option packages. Still, the Q5 2.0T is a relative bargain, given that the V6-powered Q5 3.2 Premium Plus starts at $43,000.

    All-wheel-drive versions of the Infiniti EX35 and BMW X3 start at $37,200 and $37,100, respectively. The Cadillac SRX starts at $35,485, but all-wheel drive isn't available on the base model. Aside from the V-6 engines they offer, equipment levels at this price are similar, which really puts the Q5's base price into perspective. What sets the Audi Q5 apart is its balance of sport and comfort. It stands out as a stylish, fun-to-drive compact crossover with the luxury trappings buyers expect. Bonus: It also offers a little more passenger and cargo room than its competitors.

Included Packages

Audi MMI Navigation Plus Package
  • Radio: In-Dash Single CD/DVD Player & HD Radio
  • Front & Rear Acoustic Parking Sensors
  • 8-Color Driver Information Display
S Line Package
  • Wheels: 8.5J x 20" 5-Segment-Spoke-Design
  • Tires: P255/45R20 Summer
  • S Line 3-Spoke Multifunction Sport Steering Wheel
  • Genuine Brushed Aluminum Decorative Inlays
  • S Line Shift Knob
  • Black Cloth Headliner

Additional Options

  • Power Sunroof
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Power Windows
  • CD player
  • Power Adjustable Seat
  • Tilt Steering
  • Center Arm Rest
  • Power Steering
  • Power Seat
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Climate Control
  • Premium Audio
  • Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)
  • Trip Odometer
  • Xenon Headlights
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Brakes
  • Cruise Control
  • Power Mirrors
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Cup Holder
  • Power-Assist Disc Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Traction Control System
  • Power Lift Gates
  • Heated Seats
  • Engine: 3.2L V6 FSI Direct Injection DOHC
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic Tiptronic
  • GVWR: 5,567 lbs
Convenience Features
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Air conditioning
  • Garage door transmitter: HomeLink
  • Front beverage holders
  • Speed control
  • Illuminated entry
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Trunk/hatch auto-latch
  • Power windows
  • Passenger door bin
  • Power moonroof
  • 1-touch down
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Rear door bins
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Memory seat
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Overhead console
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Driver door bin
  • Rear air conditioning
  • 1-touch up
  • Navigation system
Off-Road Capability
  • Ground clearance (min): 201mm (7.9")
  • Approach angle: 25 deg
  • Ramp breakover angle: 18 deg
Entertainment Features
  • Diversity antenna
  • Radio data system
  • Wireless phone connectivity: Bluetooth
  • DVD-Audio
  • AM/FM radio: SIRIUS
  • Speakers: 14
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • CD player
  • Internal memory capacity (GB): 10 GB
  • Speaker type: brand
  • Primary LCD size: 6.5"
  • 1st row LCD monitors: 1
  • CD-MP3 decoder
Seats and Trim
  • Heated front seats
  • Genuine wood door panel insert
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Front center armrest
  • Power passenger seat
  • Genuine wood console insert
  • Leather shift knob
  • Max seating capacity: 5
  • Rear seats: split-bench
  • Front seats: bucket
  • Genuine wood dashboard insert
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 4-way driver lumbar support
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Power 4-way passenger lumbar support
Specs and Dimensions
  • Compression ratio: 12.50 to 1
  • Engine horsepower: 270hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Rear legroom: 950mm (37.4")
  • Exterior height: 1,654mm (65.1")
  • Exterior body width: 1,897mm (74.7")
  • Front legroom: 1,041mm (41.0")
  • Interior maximum cargo volume: 1,623 L (57 cu.ft.)
  • Exterior length: 4,628mm (182.2")
  • Engine torque: 243 lb.-ft. @ 3,000RPM
  • GVWR: 2,525kg (5,567lbs)
  • Payload: 475kg (1,047lbs)
  • Passenger volume: 2,874L (101.5 cu.ft.)
  • Turning radius: 5.8m (19.0')
  • Curb weight: 1,950kg (4,299lbs)
  • Front shoulder room: 1,466mm (57.7")
  • Wheelbase: 2,807mm (110.5")
  • Towing capacity: 1,996kg (4,400lbs)
  • Engine bore x stroke: 85.5mm x 92.8mm (3.37" x 3.65")
  • Engine displacement: 3.2 L
  • Interior cargo volume: 824 L (29 cu.ft.)
  • Rear shoulder room: 1,433mm (56.4")
Body Exterior
  • Spoiler
  • Tailpipe finisher: polished
  • Door mirrors: body-color
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Rear cargo: power liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Bumpers: body-color
  • Roof rack
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Power liftgate
  • Fuel economy city: 18mpg
  • Mode select transmission
  • Horsepower: 270hp @ 6,500RPM
  • Fuel economy highway: 23mpg
  • Transmission: 6 speed automatic
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine liters: 3.2
  • Manual-shift auto: Tiptronic
  • Fuel tank capacity: 19.8gal.
  • Cylinder configuration: V-6
  • Recommended fuel: Premium Unleaded
  • Engine location: front
  • Torque: 243 lb.-ft. @ 3,000RPM
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Drive type: quattro all-wheel drive
  • Number of valves: 24
Safety and Security
  • Traction control
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic stability
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • ABS brakes
  • Security system
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • Panic alarm
  • Overhead airbag
  • Ignition disable
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Alloy wheels
Lighting, Visibility and Instrumentation
  • Tachometer
  • Rear fog lights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Trip computer
  • Rear window wiper
  • Display: analog
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Parking sensors: front and rear w/rear camera
  • Rear window defroster
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Sun blinds
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Outside temperature display
  • High intensity discharge headlights: Bi-xenon
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Front reading lights
  • Front fog lights
  • Compass
  • Headlight cleaning
  • Blind spot sensor: warning
  • Rear reading lights
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