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2012 Audi Q5 Walk Around

The Audi Q5 looks sporty, with a wide stance and tightly wrapped sheetmetal that gives it a lean, action-ready look.

Although Audi's trademark LED accents have been adopted by a number of carmakers, there's no mistaking the big Audi grille for anything else, and a relatively low roofline, plus short front and rear overhangs, contribute to a visual persona that's more sport wagon than sport-utility.

Ground clearance is a factor in this as well. There's enough of it, 7.9 inches, to give drivers confidence on dirt road treks to summer cabins, but this dimension is at the low end of the scale for the class, which can be viewed as a plus in terms of dynamics, since it keeps the Q5's center of gravity a little closer to mother earth.

Interior

Inside, the Audi Q5 is a blend of comfort and tasteful style. Audi has established itself as a pace-setter in terms of interior design, and the Q5 is consistent with this tradition. The basic color scheme is black with wood and aluminum trim highlights. The bucket front seats aren't quite as sporty as those in the X3, but lateral support is respectable, power adjustability will satisfy a broad range of body types and driving positions, and the comfort quotient is high.

Cargo capacity is competitive in the context of this class, 29 cubic feet behind the rear seats, just over 57 with the rear seats folded forward. The fold-forward function can be achieved with a single touch, a unique and handy feature that would be even better if the seats folded completely flat.

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