2011 Audi Q5

MSRP $35,200

Ranked #9 in Suv

7.6

Overall Rating

2011 Audi Q5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Q5 SUV was first introduced by Audi two years ago as a competitor for luxury SUVs like the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLK Class, and INFINITI EX. The changes for this year, however, are aimed at making the overall lineup of Audi better. This year's Audi Q5 has been updated with a more powerful turbocharged engine coupled with smooth automatic transmission. Pricing starts at $35,200 for the updated Audi Q5

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Pros

Exceptionally smooth driving dynamics

Luxurious and feature-loaded cabin

Class-leading fuel economy

Cons

Higher repair costs

Optional features packed in costly packages

Not the most stylish exterior

What's New?

New base engine

New 8-speed automatic transmission


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35200

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

140 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

121 cu.in.

horsepower

211 hp @ 4300 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

multi-link front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

182 in.

width

74 in.

height

65 in.

curb weight

4090 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

57.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

payload capacity

1047 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

160 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

429.3 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

2.0T Premium quattro$35,200 onwards

Premium$35,200 onwards

3.2 Premium Plus quattro$42,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Audi Q5 in Brilliant Black color
Brilliant Black

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


Moreover, thanks to these changes, the Q5 has considerably improved its fuel economy making it a top performer among SUVs in its class. Furthermore, the cabin onboard is decently spacious with an ergonomic layout and multiple convenience & comfort features. Also, the vehicle's driving dynamics boast impressive performance, enabling the driver to easily control the vehicle while sitting in the ambiance of a luxury cabin.


7.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2011 Audi Q5 Features

7.5/10

There are three trim levels of the 2011 Audi Q5, namely 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, and 3.2L Prestige. A 3.2L V6 version of the Premium Plus trim is also available and costs approximately $7,300 more than a 2.0T variant. These trims range in price from $35,200 to $42,500. Based on the specifications, the V6 trims appear to be slightly overpriced compared to its rivals, but the 2.0T trim seems to be priced fairly. The following table shows the detailed list of features and prices of each trim- 

Trims

2.0T Premium

2.0T Premium Plus

3.2T Premium Plus

3.2T Prestige

MSRP (AWD)

$35,200

$35,200

$42,500

$42,500

Key Features

Twelve-way power front seats with lumbar support

All the features of Premium Trim+

All the features of the 2.0 Premium Plus Trim+

All the features of 3.2T Premium Plus Trim+

 

18" V design wheels

Audi Xenon plus headlights

V6 engine

Bang & Olufsen Sound System

 

Leather seating surfaces.

HomeLink

 

Audi advanced key

 

Rain/light sensor

Power tailgate

 

Thermo cup holder

 

Three-zone automatic climate control

S line exterior

 

Audi MMI

Navigation plus

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Considering the features and cost proposition, the 2.0T Premium Plus trims look the most appealing on the Q5 lineup. While the Premium and Premium Plus trims are priced the same, the Premium Plus trim comes with many more exciting and useful features. Alternatively, you may want to consider the V6 engine because of its extra horsepower. If this is the case, we will not recommend the 3.2T Premium Plus variant because the topmost trim, the 3.2T Prestige, is priced at the same level. The Prestige trim, however, offers much more luxury features than the Premium Plus trim.

2011 Audi Q5 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

With three trim styles and two engines to choose from, you'll never be short of choices in the 2011 Audi Q5. The base and the Premium Plus trim are equipped with a 2.0L inline-4 engine with 211 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque. As mentioned before, its powertrain is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that is new for this year. However, the Premium Plus trim can also be had in another variant, known as the 3.0T, with a V6 option. The same engine, however, comes as standard on the top trim. 

The V6 engine produces 270 horsepower and 243 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. All Q5 trims come standard with Quattro all-wheel drive. This SUV has excellent driving dynamics. Regardless of road conditions, the transmission shifts smoothly. While its steering response is not impressive, we can say it is average. This SUV again performs well when it comes to acceleration and braking. It can reach 60 mph from a standstill in 7.0 seconds and crosses the quarter-mile in 16.0 seconds. 

Models

2011 Audi Q5

2011 INFINITI EX

2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class

2011 BMW X3

MSRP

$35,200

$35,200

$35,500

$36,750

Engine

2.0L Inline-4 

3.5L V6

3.5-liter V6 

3.0L Inline-6 

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

7-speed shiftable automatic

7-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power 

211 hp @ 4300 rpm

297 hp @ 6800 rpm

268 hp @ 6000 rpm

240 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque 

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

253 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

258 ft-lbs. @ 2400 rpm

221 ft-lbs. @ 2750 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

7.0

5.8

6.4

5.8

Quarter mile (sec)

16.0

14.5

15

14.2

Top Speed (MPH)

130

151

130

130

When it comes to speed, the 2011 BMW X3 came out on top in this comparison. It can reach 0-60 in about 5.8 seconds, which is much faster than the Audi Q5. The Infiniti is neck to neck with the BMW and performs similarly. In addition, the Q5 performed almost the same as the GLK Class. The Q5, although it handles well, lacks power compared to the rivals, all of which come with six cylinders under the hood. 

2011 Audi Q5 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2011 Audi Q5 is one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs in its class. On highways and in cities, it gets much higher MPG figures than all its competitors. The Q5 has a combined mileage of 22 MPG, which is slightly better than the competition. Likewise, the Q5 fuel tank is large enough at 19.8 gallons, which is comparable to the EX and offers a range of over 435 miles on a full tank of gas.

Models

2011 Audi Q5

2011 INFINITI EX

2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class

2011 BMW X3

MPG (City)

20

17

16

19

MPG (Highway)

27

24

22

25

MPG (Combined)

22

20

18

21

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

19.8

20.0

17.4

17.7

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

396/535/435

340/480/400

278/383/313

336/443/371

This is where the Audi Q5 comes out as the clear winner since it has the highest fuel economy and the highest range in its class. However, the BMW X3 comes in a close second while the GLK Class is the least efficient. The BMW is the overall best performer here as it is the fastest one while also delivering an impressive fuel economy. The Q5 is the best, but the difference is not significant enough for it to be an outstanding performer. 

2011 Audi Q5 Interior

8.0/10

A spotlight has always been placed on the interiors of Audi cars. Their cabins are known for being luxurious, comfortable, and full of features. Moreover, Audi has executed all of these factors flawlessly inside its Q5, and you can see this from as early as the base trim level. Likewise, the vehicle's cabin is designed to make driving as simple and convenient as possible for the driver. Starting with the base trim, the seats are covered in leather. 

Seats are also power-adjustable, and the top trims come with memory and heating features. The cabin is very spacious, especially at the back. Thanks to its long wheelbase, the cargo space is the largest in its class at 29.1 cubic feet. For a luxurious and comfortable ride, the cabin also features three-zone automatic climate control, leather seating surfaces, wood decorative inlays, a thermal cup holder, and Audi advanced key.

Models

2011 Audi Q5

2011 INFINITI EX

2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class

2011 BMW X3

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom, in inches)

39.4/57.7/41.0

40.5/54.8/44.3

39.0/55.2/41.4

40.7/57.3/39.9

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder room/Legroom, in inches)

39.0/56.4/37.4

38.4/55.1/28.5

39.7/55.4/35.1

39.1/56.0/36.8

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

29.1

18.6

23.3 

27.6

Inside the Q5, especially in the back seats, there is plenty of space. In the front section, however, Infiniti is dominant. In terms of cargo space, the Audi Q5 has the most space compared to all its rivals. Overall all these models offer a luxurious cabin while the Q5 is the most spacious. Some highlight interior features are mentioned below:

  • Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Heated front seats with memory function
  • Audi Advanced Key
  • Thermo Cup Holders

How intuitive is the 2011 Audi Q5's infotainment unit?

The dash of the 2011 Audi Q5 has a 6.5-inch touchscreen where you'll find most of the infotainment features. On the other hand, the top trims come equipped with Audi MMI navigation. Bang & Olufsen premium speakers are standard on the Q5 that sound incredible. Along with all the basic amenities and features expected from a luxury vehicle, it also comes with Sirius XM and an Audi concert radio. Some key infotainment features are mentioned below:

  • Bang & Olufsen premium speaker system
  • Audi MMI Navigation
  • Sirius XM Radio
  • USB ports
  • 6.5.inch infotainment screen
  • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup (Optional)

2011 Audi Q5 Exterior

6.0/10

Although the SUV looks very good in its own right, it may not be able to excite many people. There is a reason for that since its body is rounded, especially on the front fascia. The design also lacks the aggressiveness of some of its competitors, such as the X3. Additionally, a panoramic roof is available as an optional feature. However, we have to say that the panoramic sunroof does reduce headroom a little at the rear.

In addition to that, it also has other noteworthy features on its exterior, such as power-folding heated mirrors, Rain/Light sensor, Audi Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, and a power tailgate. The Q5 comes with 18" ten-spoke V design wheels in the base variants while the 6-cylinder models come equipped with 19" five-arm wheels. There are also 20" S line five-tri-spoke/-spoke chrome wheels available as options. 

Models

2011 Audi Q5

2011 INFINITI EX

2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class

2011 BMW X3

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,090

3,764

3,979

4,112

Length (inches)

182.2

182.3

178.2

183.0

Width (inches)

74.0

71.0

74.3

74.1

Height (inches)

65.1

61.9

66.9

65.4

Ground Clearance (inches)

7.9

6.5

7.9

8.3

Wheelbase (inches)

110.5

110.2

108.5 in.

110.5

In its segment, the Audi Q5 is just below the BMW X3 in terms of weight while both of them have the same wheelbase. The X3 has the biggest overall dimensions. Moreover, the Q5's ground clearance is also adequate for rougher terrains, but the winner here is the BMW X3 with 8.3 inches of ground clearance. Some key exterior features of the 2011 Audi Q5 include-

  • 18.0-inch wheels
  • Power liftgate
  • Power-folding and heated mirrors
  • S-Line Exterior
  • Audi Xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights

2011 Audi Q5 Safety

9.0/10

Audi has always been a reputable brand in this industry when it comes to safety features and crash-test ratings. The company makes some of the sturdiest vehicles in its segment and they incorporate the latest safety technologies. However, compared to the base trim, the top trim of this SUV offers more outstanding safety features. During its test, the NHTSA awarded the Q5 with a 5-star rating, which is the highest possible rating. Likewise, the IIHS rated the vehicle as 'Good' overall and awarded it with the title of "2011 Top Safety Pick". The key safety features are:

  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Audi adaptive lights
  • Audi parking system plus
  • Audi side assist

2011 Audi Q5 Final Verdict

This Audi Q5 is interesting, except for the exterior, which isn't its most impressive aspect. Other than that, the 2011 Audi Q5 is an excellent mid-size luxury SUV. There are multiple convenience and luxury features in the interior, making it one of the best in its class. There's also a lot of room in the cabin with equally massive cargo space. Audi also handled the safety aspect very well, so you do not have to worry about that, either. But for the price paid, there are rivals offering a more powerful engine and more power as well as speed. So if you have some extra bucks to spend, then go for the X3, otherwise, the Q5 would be a great choice. 

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