2012 Audi Q5

MSRP $35,600 - $43,875

Ranked #9 in Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2012 Audi Q5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Audi Q5 is among the most popular luxury compact crossover in the states and is certainly loved by everyone for its rather modern looks and fuel-efficient motor. Q5 is not a very old car and has been in the market for the past couple of years only but in its short lifespan, it is able to gather quite some following. The Audi Q5 has become a favorite among soccer moms for its sheer practicality and usefulness. 

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Pros

Smart styling inside and out

Strong and efficient 2.0T model

Responsive eight-speed auto

Premium Interior materials and trims

Excellent AWD system

Cons

Options grouped in costly packages

Bluetooth costs extra, on a $35k vehicle

What's New?

Remains unchanged for 2012


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35600

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 w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

multi-link front suspension

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

110.5 in.

length

182.2 in.

width

74.7 in.

height

65.1 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

6.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.3 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

160 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/27 mpg

highway range

534.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 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$35,600 onwards

Premium Plus$36,475 onwards

3.2 Premium Plus quattro$43,000 onwards

Prestige$43,875 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Audi Q5 in Brilliant Black color
Brilliant Black

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


Pricing starts at $35,600 for the base trim and goes up to more than $50,100 for the top-end model with the stronger engine under the hood. 2012 Audi Q5 rivals the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLK Class, Acura RDX, and BMW X3. Let’s see how it competes with these strong rivals.


7.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2012 Audi Q5 Features

7.0/10

Audi is offering the 2012 Q5 in three trim levels which are the Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. While the Premium is available just with the smaller 2.0L engine and the Prestige with the bigger 3.2L V6 engine, the Premium plus gets the option for both the mills. Prices start at around $35,600 for the base Premium trim.

Trim

2.0T Premium

2.0T Premium Plus

3.2 Premium Plus

3.2 Prestige

MSRP

$35,600

$39,900

$43,000

$50,100

Key-features

18-inch wheels

All features of 2.0T Premium, plus:

V6 engine

All features of 3.2 Premium Plus, plus

 

Automatic headlights

Xenon headlights

19-inch alloy wheels

Adaptive headlights

 

Automatic wipers

LED running lights

Keyless ignition/entry

Blind-spot monitoring system

 

Roof rails

Power tailgate

 

14-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system

 

8-way power seats

Auto-dimming interior mirror

 

Heated/cooled cup holder

 

Tilt and telescopic steering wheel

   

Rear door sunshades

 

Tri-zone climate control

     
 

10-speaker audio system

     

We Recommend

The best option is to go for the 3.2L V6 engine as it is just much smoother and refined to drive. And because of that, the 3.2 Prestige is the trim which we would put our money on because it comes with a lot of features that can be useful in day-to-day driving. The added power along with the greater set of standard features makes it the better choice. 

2012 Audi Q5 Engine and Performance

7.0/10

Last year Audi introduced an all-new 2.0L TFSI four-cylinder model and new eight-speed automatic transmission for the Q5. The engine in the 2012 Q5 is good enough for 211hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and while these figures can be quite less when compared to the competition, it certainly doesn’t mean that the Q5 is a slouch in any manner. This is a turbocharged motor so it is very well understood that there is a bit of a turbo lag below 1500 rpm, but once you cross that mark, the engine pulls quite neatly till the redline. 

Also, it becomes quite vocal at higher RPMs and that is also expected because of its compact size. For the purists, the 3.2L V6 is still there and while it makes a bit more power than the inline-four, the torque figures are relatively lower. Nonetheless, for a sprint from zero to sixty, the V6 is quicker than the 2.0L turbo 4-pot and makes it superior overall.

Models

2012 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium 

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350

2012 Acura RDX

2012 BMW X3 xDrive28i

MSRP

$35,600

$35,880

$32,895

$37,100

Engine 

2.0L Inline-4 

3.5 Liter V6

2.3L Inline-4

3.0L Inline-6

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

7-speed shiftable automatic

5-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power 

211hp @ 4300 rpm

268 hp @ 6000 rpm

240hp @ 6000 rpm

240hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque

258lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 2400 rpm

260lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

221lb-ft @ 2750 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

7.1

7.2

6.4

6.8

Quarter mile (sec)

15.1

13.7

14.8

15.0

Top Speed (MPH)

130

148

140

143

Just as we expected, Mercedes is the one with the biggest engine here and thus producing the most powerful among all. Acura RDX comes with a bigger 2.3L Turbo inline-4 compared to the Audi and also is the quickest among the lot covering the 0-60MPH in just 6.4 seconds. The BMW X3 is also a strong and engaging-to-drive machine and catches up to the likes of the Q5 and other rivals.

2012 Audi Q5 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Well, the small engine in the 2012 Q5 might be less on power, but it also is less on fuel consumption. Compared to the rivals, it is able to score some good points in terms of fuel efficiency. The 2.0L TFSI engine is rated at 20/27/22 mpg for city, highway, and combined driving respectively. And considering that all Q5 models come with Quattro all-wheel-drive, these are quite good numbers. However, the 3.2-liter V6 version comes with EPA fuel economy figures of just 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway—low for such a compact vehicle.

Models

2012 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium 

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350

2012 Acura RDX

2012 BMW X3 xDrive28i

MPG (City)

20

16

19

19

MPG (Highway)

27

22

24

25

MPG (Combined)

22

18

21

21

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

19.8

17.4

18.0

17.7

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

396/534/435

278/383/313

342/432/378

336/443/371

Audi Q5 offers the highest fuel economy in the lot with the BMW closely following it. The Q5 also has the biggest fuel tank which gives it the most driving range at 534.6 miles on the highway. On the other hand, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class with the biggest engine and smallest fuel tank loses the battle quite badly.

2012 Audi Q5 Interior

9.0/10

Just like is the case with all other cars from Audi these days, the 2012 Q5 also has a very practical, lush, and well-laid-out cabin. The whole cabin is centered towards the driver and it has an uncanny resemblance to the cabin of its bigger sibling, the Q7. The materials used are quite good and while there are no certain elements that will make you go wow; the cabin still manages to impress you with the way it is built. The seats are supportive and you sit quite high in the Q5. 

The seats are draped in faux leather. The cushioning is also a bit on the softer side which helps as the suspension is a bit stiffer being a German car. There are power adjustments for both the driver and front passenger seat along with lumbar support. The rear bench seat also accommodates three, it is a strict two-seater as no matter how you take it, it is not comfortable for the third person. Space here though is quite adequate with enough knee and headroom. 

Models

2012 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium 

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350

2012 Acura RDX

2012 BMW X3 xDrive28i

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/57.7/41.0

39.0/55.2/41.4

38.7/58.2/41.8

40.7/57.3/39.9

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.0/56.4/37.4

39.7/55.4/35.1

38.3/56.3/37.6

39.1/56.0/36.8

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

29.1

23.3

27.8

27.6

All the cars in the competition are pretty much identical in terms of interior space with each one of them having an advantage in one dimension or another. The Acura RDX has the most spacious front and rear rows while the Audi comes in second place in terms of passenger space. The Q5 also is the one with the biggest boot space at 29.1 cu-ft and that gets it some additional brownie points. Standout interior features include-

  • Leather seating surfaces
  • Full Milano leather seats and trim 
  • Twelve-way power front seats (includes four-way power lumbar adjustment)
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats 
  • Driver seat memory

How intuitive is the 2012 Audi Q5’s infotainment unit?

The 2012 Audi Q5 comes with Audi’s very own MMI interface for the infotainment unit. By standard, it is paired to a 10-speaker audio system but it can be upgraded to a 14-speaker surround sound system by Bang and Olufsen. Other infotainment features include Bluetooth and an iPod interface. You also get the MMI Navigation Plus package in the Premium Plus trim which includes a navigation system, digital music storage, voice controls, HD radio, CD/DVD player, and center-console-mounted MMI system. Standout infotainment features:

  • MMI infotainment system
  • 10-speaker audio system
  • Navigation System
  • Satellite Radio
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • MP3 Player

2012 Audi Q5 Exterior

8.0/10

One thing that Audi does better than anyone else in the market is designing the exterior of the car. The 2012 Q5 certainly looks better than any of the cars in the competition currently and that in itself is a very big win for the Audi. It doesn’t look like a Q7 in a smaller package but instead, it has a charm of its own and we quite liked it. From its big, rounded nose and LED-lit rear end, the 2012 Audi Q5 walks a clean line between sport wagon and sport-utility. 

The Q5’s stance and height telegraph its all-around ability, but like the Volvo XC60, the take is carlike, subtle, and elegant, not upright and tough. Now, this is not a design that will appeal to the older people but will be liked by the youngsters more. Personally, we loved the way the Q5 looks and while it does look small by proportions, it is not really a small car.

Models

2012 Audi Q5 2.0T Premium 

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350

2012 Acura RDX

2012 BMW X3 xDrive28i

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,090

3,979

3,743

4,112

Length (in.)

182.2

178.2 

182.5

183.0

Width (in.)

74.0

74.3 

73.6

74.1

Height (in.)

65.1

66.9 

65.1

65.4

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.9

7.9

6.3

8.4

Wheelbase (in.)

110.5

108.5

104.3

110.6

In fact, the Q5 is longer than the bulky-looking GLK-Class and also decently wide. With 7.9 inches of ground clearance, this is not going to do serious offroading bits. The BMW has the highest clearance and it also happens to be the heaviest. 2012 Q5 is certainly big but the GLK-Class is the tallest of the lot and the BMW X3 is the longest. Standout exterior features include-

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Adaptive xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running light technology
  • Roof rails
  • Panoramic sunroof

2012 Audi Q5 Safety

6.0/10

One thing German cars are quite famous for is safety and build quality. And Audi is certainly no exception there as well. The 2012 Q5 has been awarded the “Top safety pick” award by the IIHS and has also aced all the crash tests. That said, this hasn’t been yet tested by the federal government and the chances they will conduct the tests now are quite slim. The Q5 comes with a host of driver assistance features which include the following- 

  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Hill descent control

2012 Audi Q5 Final Verdict

The Audi Q5 is a brilliant car, comes loaded with quite a lot of features, looks smart, is fuel-efficient, and has a boot big enough for your weekend exploration trips. It starts at a price of $35k which is not a lot but just ticking a few optional boxes can get the bill very high. Audi is certainly on the right path and launching pretty exciting cars lately and the Q5 is also one of the cars that we genuinely liked a lot.

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