2012 Audi Q5


Ranked #2 in Midsize Suv

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$36,475 - $43,875

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Key Spec of 2012 Audi Q5
fuel economy


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270 hp @ 6500 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

2012 Audi Q5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 5, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2012 Audi Q5 compact luxury SUV has a certain appeal to the masses with its luxurious interior setup which also stands out for its practicality, impressive fuel economy, and formidable performance figures. Entering the year with no new major changes at all, the prices for the 2012 Q5 starts off at an MSRP of $35,600 for the base 2.0T Premium trim. The minor change however includes Audi introducing a new S line Plus option package this year.

2012 Audi Q5 For Sale

Available in over three trims, the 2.0T Premium trim starts over at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $35,600, while the Premium Plus trim is priced at $39,900 with the 2.0L turbo-four engine, whereas the 3.2L V6 powered Premium Plus will cost you $43,000. A fully-loaded Prestige trim is the most popular choice that tops out at around $50,100. Apart from the latest features such as Audi Drive Select, and 20-inch wheels, the 2012 Q5 is also available with the latest packages such as the S line, MMI Navigation Plus, and the Luxury package amongst others.

2012 Audi Q5 Buying Advice

Moreover, if you're looking to own an Audi Q5, an older used Q5 makes more sense, as and when affordability comes into question. While the 2011 Q5, packs in the bare necessities for a price of $35,200, we would also suggest the 2017 Q5 MY, which is the last of the same generation, as the 2018 MY received a completely revised Audi Q5. 

On the specs front, the 2012 Q5 gets a choice of two engines, namely the standard 2.0L turbo-4 and the 3.2L V6 engine. However, reports also suggest that the 2013 Audi Q5 will get an all-new hybrid powertrain. With excellent reliability ratings, there have been no major problems witnessed by previous Audi owners. On the interior front is where the 2012 Q5 earns its price tag, being supremely luxurious and equipped with all the latest creature comforts there are available.

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ProsConsWhat's New

Impressive styling inside and out

Options grouped in costly packages

New S line plus package added

Strong and efficient 2.0T model

Bluetooth costs extra, on a $35k vehicle

Responsive eight-speed auto

Premium Interior materials and trims

Excellent AWD system

Over All Rating


Out of 10

Pricing and Features8.00
Pricing and Feature9.00
Engine and Performance7.90
Fuel Economy9.00
Notable Rankings

#2 in Midsize Suv

#3 in Suv

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Premium Plus$36,475 onwards

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

Prestige$43,875 onwards

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Auto-Dimming side mirrors
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats


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2012 Audi Q515

2012 Audi Q5 Premium Plus

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

Est. $147/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,092.5 Below market
RMV: $14,992.5
Fort Walton Beach, FL
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2012 Audi Q56

2012 Audi Q5 Prestige

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

Est. $168/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,562 Below market
RMV: $16,995
Denver, CO
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2012 Audi Q543
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $999515 May 2021

2012 Audi Q5 Prestige

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

Est. $122/mo
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$3,294 Below market
RMV: $12,289
Chicago, IL
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2013 Audi Q526

2013 Audi Q5 Premium Plus

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

Est. $169/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,482 Below market
RMV: $16,977
Patchogue, NY
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2013 Audi Q531

2013 Audi Q5 Premium Plus SUV

Premium Plus

Est. $173/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,132.5 Below market
RMV: $16,929.5
Costa Mesa, CA
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2013 Audi Q544

2013 Audi Q5 Premium SUV


Est. $169/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,970.5 Below market
RMV: $16,470.5
Gaithersburg, MD
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2013 Audi Q519

2013 Audi Q5 SUV

Premium Plus

Est. $175/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,032.5 Below market
RMV: $16,929.5
Delaware, OH
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2013 Audi Q532
Price Drop, $500
Previous Price: $1349517 Apr 2022

2013 Audi Q5 Premium Plus

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

Est. $176/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,982 Below market
RMV: $16,977
Cincinnati, OH
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2013 Audi Q535

2013 Audi Q5 SUV

Premium Plus

Est. $176/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,934.5 Below market
RMV: $16,929.5
Raleigh, NC
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Colors and Styles

2012 Audi Q5 in Brilliant Black color
Brilliant Black

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

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. In its short lifespan, it is able to gather quite the following. Pricing for the 2012 Q5 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. The 2012 Q5 also manages to win us over with its exciting handling dynamics and also its impressive exterior design language. The 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.


Buying Advice

The best option is to go for the 3.2L V6 engine as it is just much smoother and more refined to drive. And because of that, the 2012 Audi Q5 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.


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 and go to about $50,100 for the Prestige trim. Moreover, while the 2.0T variant gets the 8-speed automatic unit, the V6 manages off with a 6-speed automatic.


2.0T Premium

2.0T Premium Plus

3.2 Prestige

MSRP (2.0T)




MSRP (3.2T) - $43,000 $50,100


18-inch wheels

All features of 2.0T Premium, plus:

All features of 3.2 Premium Plus, plus


Automatic headlights

Xenon headlights

Adaptive headlights


Automatic wipers

LED running lights

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

19-inch alloy wheels

Rear door sunshades


Tri-zone climate control

Keyless ignition/entry


On the feature front, all the above-said trims are filled up to the brim with the latest features on offer. Although for 2012, Audi has further introduced certain standard features, apart from the optional S-line package available with the V6 powered trim variants. The new S-line package includes 20-inch five-spoke rims, matte black exterior accents, and a gloss black grille on the exterior. On the interior front, you get Alcantara leather seats with S-line badges and further black trim across the dashboard.

Engine and Performance

The 2012 Audi Q5 gets a 2.0L TFSI four-cylinder model and new eight-speed automatic transmission, which was introduced just last year. The engine in the 2012 Q5 is good enough for 211 hp 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. The 2012 Audi Q5, with the standard 2.0L pot, does the 0-60 MPH sprint in just 6.5 seconds.


2012 Audi Q5

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350

2012 Acura RDX

2012 BMW X3







2.0L turbocharged Inline-4 

3.5 Liter V6

2.3L Inline-4

3.0L Inline-6







8-speed shiftable automatic

7-speed shiftable automatic

5-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic


211 hp @ 4300 RPM

268 hp @ 6000 RPM

240 hp @ 6000 RPM

240 hp @ 6600 RPM


258 lb-ft @ 1500 RPM

258 lb-ft @ 2400 RPM

260 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

221 lb-ft @ 2750 RPM

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Just as we expected, Mercedes is the one with the biggest engine here and thus producing the most power 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 that catches up to the likes of the Q5 and other rivals.

Fuel Economy

Well, the small engine in the 2012 Q5 might be less on power, but it is not 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 in the Q5 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.


2012 Audi Q5

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350

2012 Acura RDX

2012 BMW X3

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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.


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. The Q5 also is the one with the biggest boot space at 29.1 cu-ft and that gets it some additional brownie points.


2012 Audi Q5

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350

2012 Acura RDX

2012 BMW X3

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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.


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.


2012 Audi Q5

2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350

2012 Acura RDX

2012 BMW X3

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In fact, the Q5 is longer than the bulky-looking GLK-Class and also decently wide. With the Audi Q5's 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

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 Vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350

Between the Audi and the Mercedes, there are more differences than we would like to admit. Although the Mercedes Benz GLK 350's 3.5L V6 puts down a lot more power, Audi manages to get the faster 0 to 60 mph time due to its all-wheel-drive system. In the meantime, the Mercedes sips much more fuel which makes it a bad compromise.

The interiors also feel a bit cut-price in the Mercedes while the Q5 is very plush, and comes with a much better infotainment system. It is also more spacious for rear-seat passengers as well as cargo, making it a much better pick overall.

2012 Audi Q5 Vs. 2012 Acura RDX

Not being a conventional luxury brand comes with its advantages and in the case of Acura, its reliable reputation and the fact that it always manages to undercut the price of European rivals speaks for something. The 2012 Acura RDX delivers better performance and comes with comparable fuel economy.

Its interiors are spacious but not quite as nice as the Audi's, although it offers a very similar level of equipment. But while the Q5 is truly beautiful on the outside, the Acura's styling is largely hit or miss. Mostly miss.

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 2012 Q5 is also one of the cars that we genuinely liked a lot.


vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

121 cu in

horse power

211 hp @ 4300 rpm


258 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm


8 speed Tiptronic Automatic


182.2 in


110.5 in


74.7 in

curb weight

4090 lbs


65 in

Ground Clearance

7.9 lbs

passenger volume

101.5 cu ft

cargo volume

57.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

20/22/27 mpg

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

Audi Q5 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $69,837
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
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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