If you’re in the market for a compact luxury crossover from a German brand, you have no shortage of options. In fact, the toughest part may be choosing between the Mercedes-Benz GLK
, the BMW X3
and the Audi Q5, since all three have their individual strengths.
The Audi Q5
offers a slightly different take on a luxury crossover, presenting itself with a clean exterior design and an interior that lives up to Audi’s usual level of excellence. While it would have been easy to simply scale down the Q7 and call it done, Audi manages to make the Q5 distinctive in its lineup, which is probably why the Q5 was the second-best selling Audi in the U.S. last year, trailing only the A4 sedan.
Broadening the Q5’s appeal was last year’s introduction of the 2.0-liter, TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. Compared to the 3.2-liter V6, the 2.0-liter TFSI delivers significantly better fuel economy (2 mpg more in the city,...