Audi Q5 2.0T Premium Plus: Many will agree that the Q5 is the best expression of the modern SUV/crossover on the market. The refined quattro all-wheel drive system, relatively low curb weight and suspension tuning that offer plenty of feedback make for superb driving dynamics. The 2.0T model is 200 lbs lighter than the 3.2 liter model and the smaller engine actually delivers more low-end torque. In absolute terms it is not quite as quick as the 3.2, but that changes at ski lodge altitudes. Combined with an 8-speed automatic it is a remarkably efficient drivetrain offering mid-20 miles per gallon in mixed driving. The 2.0T also starts at a lower price point allowing for more latitude on the options list.
If the Flex is fun, the Q5 is elegant. The interior ergonomics are peerless and the materials are top drawer. Nothing in this price range feels as luxurious. Exterior styling reflects the same restrained sophistication and the design offers plenty of usable space. There is a jewel like quality to the Q5 and it is one of the few SUVs that people actually covet.
The crossovers listed below represent the best for 2010. Click on any of the names below to learn why they are winners.
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“It’s nice to look at. Fun to drive. It has a navigation system…AND it’s easy on the pocketbook. It’s a no brainer – a great value for a great vehicle!”