2011 Audi Q5

Rating7.9

Ranked #6 in Suv

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$35,200 - $42,500

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Key Spec of 2011 Audi Q5
fuel economy

18/23/27

fuel type

Premium Unleaded

horsepower

211 hp @ 4300 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Exceptionally smooth driving dynamics

Higher repair costs

New base engine

Luxurious and feature-loaded cabin

Advanced features packed in costly packages

New 8-speed automatic transmission

Class-leading fuel economy

Not the most stylish exterior

Prestige trim gets adaptive headlights

3.2 Premium Plus gets standard S Line exterior trim

2011 Audi Q5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 5, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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Pushing it right to the top of the compact crossover segment, the 2011 Audi Q5 is a perfect blend of impressive fuel economy, fun-to-drive dynamics, and spacious interior on offer. It is back in its third year with certain major updates. Displaying a case of impressive performance figures, the Audi Q5 for the year gets a new 211 hp 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which is mated to an also new 8-speed automatic. Based closely on the larger Audi Q7, the Q5 comes in over 4 trim levels.

2011 Audi Q5 For Sale

The 2011 Audi Q5 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $35,200, excluding a $995 destination charge. While this is for the base Premium trim, the top end 3.2T Prestige trim retails at $56,000. While the top-tier Premium Plus and Prestige trim come with all the latest creature comforts, active and passive safety features, stepping down to the base Q5 Premium trim should suffice most shoppers. Upon saving more than $7000, not only do you get all the basic amenities, but Audi also treats you with the latest packages on offer.

2011 Audi Q5 Buying Advice

if you're in the market for an older Audi Q5, part of the same generation, you could also opt for the 2013 Audi Q5, which gained a supercharged V6 engine, apart from certain feature updates too.

Further changes to the tune of a new S Line exterior trim join the 3.2 Premium Plus trim, while the Prestige trim gains adaptive headlights as standard. With better than average reliability ratings, there have been no major reported problems with the Q5 by previous owners. The 2011 Audi Q5 SUV goes up against the likes of luxury SUVs like the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK Class, and INFINITI EX.

2011 Audi Q5 Latest Updates

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Over All Rating

7.9

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7.50
7.90
9.90
8.80
8.50
8.50
7.00
Notable Rankings

#6 in Suv

#6 in Midsize Suv


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Trims

Premium Plus$35,200 onwards

  • 19-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Front passengers heated-cushion
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

Prestige$42,500 onwards

  • 20-Inch wheels
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Ventilated front seats

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2012 Audi Q5
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2012 Audi Q5 Premium Plus

Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

$12,399
Est. $168/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,494.5 Below market
RMV: $15,893.5
Watertown, NY
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2011 Audi Q5
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2011 Audi Q5 Premium

Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

$10,700
Est. $145/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,019 Below market
RMV: $13,719
Largo, FL
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2012 Audi Q5
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Price Drop, $3
Previous Price: $1244927 May 2022

2012 Audi Q5 Premium Plus

Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6A)

$12,446
Est. $168/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,447.5 Below market
RMV: $15,893.5
Paterson, NJ
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2012 Audi Q5 Premium

Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

$12,995
Est. $176/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,604 Below market
RMV: $16,599
Carrollton, TX
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2012 Audi Q5 Premium

Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

$12,000
Est. $162/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,297.5 Below market
RMV: $15,297.5
Tampa, FL
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Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $1249531 Mar 2022

2012 Audi Q5 Premium

Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

$11,995
Est. $162/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,302.5 Below market
RMV: $15,297.5
Upland, CA
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2011 Audi Q5 Premium

Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

$10,195
Est. $138/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,807 Below market
RMV: $13,002
Norcross, GA
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2010 Audi Q5 SUV

Premium Plus

$10,995
Est. $149/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,004 Below market
RMV: $13,999
Tampa, FL
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2010 Audi Q5 SUV

Premium Plus

$10,995
Est. $149/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,004 Below market
RMV: $13,999
Norcross, GA
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Colors and Styles

2011 Audi Q5 in Brilliant Black color
Brilliant Black

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The Audi Q5 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. 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. Prices start at $35,200 for the updated 2011 Audi Q5.


Buying Advice

Considering the features and cost proposition, the 2011 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium Plus trims look the most appealing on the lineup. While the Premium and Premium Plus trims have a significant price difference, the Premium Plus trim comes with many more exciting and useful features. Alternatively, you may also want to consider the V6 engine because of its extra horsepower. If this is the case, we will recommend the 3.2T Prestige as it offers much more luxury features than the Premium Plus trim.

Features
7.5/10

The 2011 Audi Q5 comes in over 4 trims, 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.

Trims

2.0T Premium

2.0T Premium Plus

3.2T Premium Plus

3.2T Prestige

MSRP (AWD)

$35,200

N/A

$42,500

N/A

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

19-inch wheels

Bang & Olufsen Sound System

 

Leather seating surfaces.

HomeLink

Headlight washers

Audi advanced key

 

Rain/light sensor

Power tailgate

 

Thermo cup holder

 

Three-zone automatic climate control

S line exterior

 

Audi MMI and Navigation plus

Feature-wise, all of the said trims are decked up to the brim with the latest features on offer. Moreover, Audi also manages to introduce an S Line exterior trim package with the 3.2 Premium Plus trim. Further, all the trims also get the MMI Navigation Plus package, while the 3.2 Prestige gets an optional Luxury package, which includes ventilated front seats and upgraded leather. Keeping affordability in mind with respect to luxury crossovers, the 2011 Audi Q5 manages to treat you with a complete package.

Engine and Performance
7.9/10

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 new 2.0L turbocharged 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. Regardless of road conditions, this SUV has excellent driving dynamics. The transmission shifts smoothly. While its steering response is not impressive, we can say it is average. This compact SUV again performs well when it comes to acceleration and braking. The 2011 Q5 can reach 60 mph from a standstill in 6.5 seconds all the while crossing the quarter-mile in 15.5 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 turbocharged 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)

6.5

5.8

6.4

5.8

Quarter mile (sec)

15.5

14.5

15

14.2

Top Speed (MPH)

130

151

130

130

When it comes to speed, the 2011 BMW X3 comes out on top in this comparison. The X3 can reach 0-60 MPH 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. The Q5, although it handles well, lacks power compared to the rivals, all of which come with six cylinders under the hood.

Fuel Economy
9.9/10

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 while having a city and highway mileage of 20 and 27 MPG respectively, 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.

Interior
8.8/10

The 2011 Audi Q5 is known for its sumptuous interior setup. 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 Q5 cargo space is the largest in its class at 29.1 cubic feet. The 2011 Q5 has a 6.5-inch touchscreen where you'll find most of the latest infotainment features on offer. 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.

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

Some highlight interior features are mentioned below:

  • Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control
  • 8-way power front seats
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Heated front seats with memory function
  • Audi Advanced Key
  • Thermo Cup Holders
Exterior
8.5/10

Although the 2011 Q5 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 Q5 exterior design language also lacks the aggressiveness of some of its competitors, such as the X3. 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 trim 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
Safety
8.5/10

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
Competition
7.0/10

2011 Audi Q5 vs 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

Equipped with a 3.5L V6, the GLK offers more than adequate performance, along with a respectable acceleration time to 60 MPH from standstill. However, the car has now started to show its age, and a redesign, unfortunately, is still some time away. When pitted against the Q5, both cars are even-stevens on paper. Overall, it's a tough place to be in, especially when both the SUVs have more or less the same price tag, and the features they house are certainly the best-in-class.

2011 Audi Q5 vs 2011 BMW X3

The 2011 BMW X3, is easily the best-looking car here. A turbocharged straight-six, coupled with a slick-shifting gearbox and a playable chassis, this car is a true driver’s delight! However, few gremlins like the confusing iDrive infotainment system, and dodgy reliability act as the fly in the ointment. That said, the 2011 BMW X3 is the most competitive package out of all the three.

Final Verdict

The 2011 Audi Q5 is actually a decent SUV, except for the exterior, which isn't its most impressive aspect. 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 handles 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.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$42500

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

195 cu in

horse power

270 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

243 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

dimensions
length

182.2 in

wheelbase

110.5 in

width

74 in

curb weight

4299 lbs

Height

65.1 in

Ground Clearance

8 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

101.5 cu ft

cargo volume

57.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

18/20/23 mpg

highway range

455.40 mi

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


Audi Q5 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$45,374
5 Year Cost To Own
$69,837
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $69,837
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$8,599$4,594$3,752$4,206$3,675$24,826
Insurance$1,574$1,629$1,686$1,745$1,806$8,440
Fuel$2,537$2,614$2,692$2,773$2,856$13,472
Maintenance$111$1,318$1,773$3,071$1,307$7,580
RepairsNANANA$1,452$2,230$3,682
Financing Interest$2,440$1,963$1,452$909$329$7,093
Taxes and Fees$3,775$284$254$229$202$4,744
Total Cost-To-Own$19,036$12,402$11,609$14,385$12,405$69,837
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