A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 Audi Q5

The 2012 Audi Q5 is a compact SUV that is packed with features, both inside and under the hood. While it might not be the right choice for large families, most should definitely consider test-driving this vehicle.

Key Features

Auto drive select means that with just the push of a button, you can adjust the transmission, engine and steering characteristics however you like. On the models that are equipped for navigation controls, you can literally customize your driving experience.

The auto dynamic steering is great for helping you get this SUV into a tight parking spot. At the same time, it knows when more subtle changes are necessary (e.g. on the highway). This feature provides the driver with both variable assist and ratio features.

In extreme situations, this type of steering assistance can make minor corrections to reduce the need for electronic intervention.

Changes for 2012

For the 2012 model, Audi added a smooth S-line package that includes 20-inch, five-spoke wheels with titanium finishes. There are roof rails (matte black) and window frames. Audi also gave the Q5 Prestige package new sunshades for the rear-window, which your passengers will greatly appreciate.

What We Like

The interior of this Audi is striking, to say the least. Everything from the steering wheel to the center console is sleek and polished. Up front, you’ll enjoy power seats that can be moved 12 ways, while your passengers in the back get a 40/20/40 split design.

There is also a multimedia system that is unrivaled, complete with a navigation system that features 3D graphics of buildings and a DVD player.

What Concerns Us

Although the 2012 Audi Q5 may be a jack of all trades, that means you have better options out there for specific needs. The BMW X3 is sportier. The Acura RDX is more affordable. The Lexus RX is going to be a more convenient drive.

Available Models

There are two types of 2012 Audi Q5s: the 2.0 and 3.2 Premium. The former is the base model which has a turbocharged engine and an eight-speed manual transmission. With the 3.2 Premium model, you get a V6 engine, AWD, a six-speed transmission and an extra 59 horsepower. While you get slightly better mpg in town, on the highway, you’ll give up miles.

Major Recalls

There has only been one major recall involving the Audi Q5. It happened in June of 2012 because of sunroofs that were very susceptible to breaking when temperatures dropped.

Common Issues

No major issues have been reported with this vehicle. It’s worth considering the interior though because, although most people love it, the design may be a bit Spartan for some.

Audi Q5 2012 Interior


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