The 2012 Audi Q5 is the company’s venture into the crossover field, and is the smallest vehicle Audi offers on the American market. This surprisingly affordable luxury SUV seats five passengers and offers strong competition against such favorites in the class as the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK350, Cadillac SRX and Infiniti EX35.

The Audi Q5 comes in three trim levels: the Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. All three trim levels include standard leather seating, Sirius satellite radio, and power seating. The Premium features a 2.0-liter dual-overhead cam engine that gets 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on the highway. The Premium trim level averages $35,600 retail price.

The Premium Plus offers a 3.2-liter V-6 engine, with mileage of 18 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway, and averages $43,000 retail. The Prestige averages $45,000 retail and boasts a 3.2-liter V-6 engine as well. All models include all-wheel drive as a standard component.

Power seating, telescopic steering, three-zone climate control and and premium sound system with CD player, auxiliary input, and satellite radio are standard on all models, although the Prestige adds the famous Bang and Olufson sound system and navigation with voice control. Cargo space is somewhat limited, with only 57.3 cubic feet available with seats folded down. There is also a convenient cargo space below the floor of the main cargo area. All trim levels include cruise control, auto-off headlight and leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Premium Plus adds keyless startup, power liftgate, optional HD radio and hard drive, and optional navigation system. The Prestige makes the HD radio and hard drive standard, and adds a standard navigation system as well.

Audi Q5 Safety Review

The NHTSA tested the 2012 Audi Q5 for rollover safety and awarded the vehicle with four out of five stars. However, front, side, and rear crash tests have not been performed. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has performed these tests, and give the 2012 Audi Q5 top marks in all categories, naming it a “Top Safety Pick” for the year.

J. D. Power and Associates rated the 2010 and 2011 Audi Q5 for reliability. The 2010 Q5 scored 3.5 out of five stars in overall mechanical quality, two out of five stars in powertrain mechanical quality, four out of five stars in body and interior mechanical quality, three out of five stars in features and accessories mechanical quality. The 2010 also scored two out of five stars in overall design quality, four out of five stars in body and interior design quality, and two out of five stars in features and accessibility design quality. The 2011Audi Q5 scored three out of five stars for overall mechanical quality, three out of five stars in powertrain mechanical quality, 3.5 out of five stars in body and interior mechanical quality, three out of five stars in features and accessories mechanical quality. The 2010 also scored two out of five stars in overall design quality, 2.5 out of five stars in body and interior design quality, and two out of five stars in features and accessibility design quality. Audi offers its standard four-year, 50,000-mile warranty with the Q5 model, and includes four years of free roadside assistance and free 5,000-mile schedule maintenance.

How much is car insurance for an Audi Q5?

One very attractive feature of the Audi Q5 is its affordability, and that extends to car insurance premiums pricing as well. Insurance costs for the 2012 Audi Q5 averages $1,807 per year, while comparable models are much higher. The BMW X3 averages $2,172, the Mercedes-Benz GLK350 averages $1,970, and Infiniti EX35 averages $2,040. Only the Cadillac SRX costs less to insure at $1,703 per year.

The Audi Q5 is insured by most car insurance companies and the best way to find the most affordable coverage is to shop around and compare car insurance quotes. Start your car insurance comparison search today by entering your zip code above to learn how much car insurance is per month for your unique profile!