The 2012 Audi Q5 comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. A V6 engine that is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission is available. The Q5 comes standard with all-wheel drive. The 2012 Audi Q5 equipped with the base engine has ample power for daily driving and feels as if it has V6-like power, reviewers reported. They added that the V6 model accelerates quickly and smoothly. At up to an estimated 20/27 mpg city/highway, the 2012 Audi Q5 has one of the top fuel economy estimates in the class. Test drivers reported that the Q5 has nimble handling and a firmer ride than many rivals, but most agreed that the ride is not uncomfortable. They praised the Audi Q5's steering for its responsiveness and accuracy.
Reviewers said the Audi Q5 has a very luxurious cabin, with excellent fit and finish and first-rate materials. The 2012 Q5 seats five on standard leather-trimmed seats. According to test drivers, the Q5's seats are generally comfortable and spacious, though some said they could be more supportive. They also appreciated that the second-row seats slide and recline. Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, an auxiliary input and a 10-speaker stereo system. Available features include heated front seats, Bluetooth, Audi's MMI infotainment system, navigation, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, a 14-speaker Bang and Olufsen stereo system and a panoramic sunroof. Some test drivers found the Audi Q5's MMI system to be intuitive, while others said it makes stereo and navigation adjustments needlessly complicated. With the rear seats folded, the 2012 Q5 can hold 57.3 cubic feet of cargo, which is typical for the class. Reviewers noted that the Audi Q5's low cargo floor makes it easy to load cargo items.