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Most crossovers ultimately force drivers to settle for compromising performance for practicality, but the 2012 Audi Q5 is not your average crossover. This Audi is built to stimulate the driving experience with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, yet still provides an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in combined driving. The body size and proportions of the car allow enough space for comfort and utility use, and the interior is one of the best in class.

There are two models available: the 2.0T and the 3.2. The 2.0T comes standard with an impressively responsive all-wheel drive, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0T produces 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, accelerating the car at performance speeds, from 0 to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds.

 

The other model available is the 3.2, which comes with a quality V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission that generates 270 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque. The 3.2 version hits 60 mph in 7.0 seconds. This makes it just a little bit slower than the turbocharged 2.0 model, but it has an above average towing capacity of 4,400 pounds.

Audi Q5 Arizona drivers have four trim options available overall, but only two options per engine choice. The 2.0T has the options of the Premium or Premium Plus packages and the 3.2 model has the options of Premium Plus and Prestige.

The 2.0T Premium package includes features such as: 18-inch wheels, a 10-speaker sound system, roof rails, eight way power front seats, leather upholstery, tri-zone climate control, Multi Media Interface (MMI), and satellite radio. The 2.0T Premium Plus package includes all of those options as well as the addition of xenon headlights, LED running lights, panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, Bluetooth, an iPod interface, and more.

The 3.2 Premium Plus package adds 19-inch wheels, keyless ignition/entry and S-line exterior trim. The most inclusive package is the 3.2 Prestige, which has adaptive headlights, a blind-spot warning system, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, a heated/cooled cupholder, rear door sunshades, and the Audi MMI Navigation Plus package. This package can also be equipped with Audi Drive Select, adaptive cruise control, and a Luxury Package. The Luxury Package includes ventilated front seats and upgraded leather. Both 3.2 model packages have the option of upgrading to 20-inch wheels and the S Line package, which includes performance tires, a spot steering wheel, shift paddles, and brushed aluminum trim.

From the package options alone you can expect a luxury interior design, but with above average construction the interior doesn’t just look nice, it’s practical too. The Q5 is considered a compact crossover but provides an exceptionally comfortable amount of room to both front and back seat occupants. The rear seats fold down easily and create 57 cubic-ft of cargo space, which is useful for any Audi Arizona driver.

The new Audi Q5 is now available at the Audi Arizona dealership, come down for a test drive today.