Audi Q5 – Initial Impressions

As the Audi Q5 demonstration vehicles start to arrive at the local dealers we have an opportunity to see what Audi has to offer with its first crossover vehicle. Being that the Q5 is Audis first entry into this segment we ask, what differentiates the Audi Q5 from the rest? The first impression you might have is that the Q5 is about 3 years behind the other contenders in the IHG (Import High Group) Crossover Sport Utility segment. Well you are right. We are introducing the Q5 later then the other manufacturers; however we are introducing the right Crossover, at the right time. As people start to downsize from their SUV’s (Sport Utility Vehicle) and become more conscious of their purchases, the Q5 truly shines. With standard equipment such as leather seating, dual power front seats, 6 front airbags and adaptive load sensing roof rails, even with an entry level Q5, you have a first class Audi. We received our Q5 Demo about a week ago so I have had a chance to see it on a regular basis and go through its many features. My impressions of the Q5 from a design point of view from day one was very positive; simply put, I love the look. Even with the vehicle on hand, the lines and shape continue to work for me. My clienteles feedback has been very positive as well; they are proud to be a part of the brand, go to www.fourtitude.com to see an outstanding example of such pride and love of the Audi Brand.
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When first stepping into the Audi Q5 you will notice how easy it is to get in and out. Also, the seating position is set higher, setting you above other vehicles. The drivers seating position is very comfortable and visibility is clear through out the cabin. While setting the exterior mirrors, cabin temperature, seat position and media to my preferences, I noticed how intuitive all the controls were. Though this was the first time I had the opportunity to drive the Q5 it felt so natural due to the well thought out configuration of instrumentation. After depressing the brake pedal and pressing the push button start to ignite the engine, I was off without hesitation. Acceleration was ample, stopping power more then enough and steering input was surgically precise. Through the corners there was very little body roll and road feed back was pleasant with very little road noise, but an extremely connected feeling to the Q5. I not only had a great time driving the Audi Q5 but also felt very safe and knew that this Crossover was very versatile. Whether I was out for a spirited drive on or off road, or just making my way home after a Portland Trail Blazers game with four passengers, the Q5 was up for the task.
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I have only had a few days and although comfortable both in and out of the Audi Q5 I know it has so much more to show me. I will continue to offer up tasks and see what the Q5 is made of over the next few months, and see what tricks it has up its sleeve. When you have the opportunity to drive the Q5, ask it while you put it through its paces what it thinks about “being 3 years behind the rest,” and the Q5 will show you with confidence, it is 3 years ahead of the rest.
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If you have any questions about the Audi Q5 “Contact Me Here” and I will do my best to help you. Keep in mind I took these photographs in order to provide the best example of the Audi Q5 and share what I see in the industry each day. I will continue to showcase original content in order to be your top source for Portland Oregon Audi. Thanks again for visiting www.iamaudi.com

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