Audi added the Q5 to its lineup in 2009, following the Q7 and expanding its lineup of crossover vehicles. For the 2014 model year, the Q5 can be had with a choice of four different engines: four-cylinder, gasoline V-6, hybrid, and diesel V-6.
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As a medium-sized crossover, the Q5 seats five and has room left over for a decent amount of cargo space. The exterior design is fairly mundane, built around the needs of the interior space.
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This model featured a huge TDI logo on the side, helping to advertise Audi's diesel efforts. That logo is not mandatory.
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The edges around the rear are nicely rounded, but the almost vertical rear plane makes for a healthy amount of cargo space.
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As is typical with crossovers, the rear seats fold down to offer more cargo area, taking the cubic feet from 29.1 to 57.3.
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The TDI model comes standard with Quattro, Audi's all-wheel-drive system.
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Panoramic sunroofs have become very popular in crossovers and wagons.
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Audi's grille covers a good portion of the front of the car, dropping over the bumper. Thin LED strips border the headlights.
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The rear-quarter visibility is limited, but the car can be optioned with a blind-spot monitor.
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The 3-liter V-6 turbo-diesel engine produces 240 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque.
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To meet emissions requirements, the Audi Q5 TDI's exhaust system uses a liquid called AdBlue.
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Audi is classified and priced as a premium brand, an attribute reflected in the cabin.
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This satin-finish wood trim has a very nice look, and lets passengers feel the wood grain.
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Optional in the cabin is the navigation system with LCD, which Audi calls MMI Navigation Plus.
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Although the cabin offers very advanced electronics, Audi only allows a few buttons on the steering-wheel spokes.
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The transmission is an eight-speed automatic.
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This dial and its surrounding buttons control all the onscreen content.
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The navigation system integrates imagery from Google Earth, letting you see the area you're driving through with a photographic representation.
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A recent feature of the navigation system shows which parking garages have available space.
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