While I've never been an SUV fan, some of the smaller alternatives are starting to grow on me. If I had a need to go off-road or lived someplace with a considerable amount of snow, the Q5 would be at the top of my list. It offers comfort and refinement not found in most of its competitors and driving dynamics very similar to the company's cars. I've always liked the looks of the Q7, just not the size and thirst for fuel. Looking at the Q5 is like looking at a Q7, just a little further away.

2009 Audi Q5 3.2
*Layout
Longitudinal front engine, all-wheel drive

*Engine
3.2-liter V6, dohc, 24-valve

*Transmission
Six-speed automatic

*Suspension
Five-link front, self-tracking trapezoidal link rear

*Brakes
Four-wheel ventilated disc assemblies

*Dimensions
Length/Width/Height (in.): 182.2/74.8/65.2Wheelbase: 110.6 in.Curb Weight: 3,836 lb

*Performance
Peak Power: 270 hp @ 6500 rpmPeak Torque: 243 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm

*What We Like:
All the positives of the Q7 without all that size, sport sedan-like manners

*What We Don't:
No diesel option means we're still waiting on great mileage, North America not scheduled to get off-road package

Price Tag
$29,000 (est.)

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