Audi's new Q5 crossover goes on sale in Europe this fall and in North America next spring, but Britain's CAR magazine has already had an opportunity to sample it. The Q5 is a mid-sized CUV based on the platform of the new generation A4 and will offer a choice of three engines. The 2.0L TFSI four cylinder is fueled by gasoline while the the other two engines eschew spark plugs in favor of diesel fuel. The 2.0L four cylinder diesel churns out 170 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0L V6 is the same one that will come to North America at the beginning of 2008 in the Q7. It generates 240 hp and 359 lb-ft of torque.

CAR gave a somewhat mixed review of the Q5 feeling that the even the standard 18" wheels looked small on the Q5. The magazine thought the Audi's styling was rather tame. The Q5 is about the same size as the Acura RDX. Having seen the Q5 in Germany just prior to its debut at the Beijing Motor Show in April, I have say that I thought the Q5 is quite a handsome vehicle and wears Audi's current design language well. One element CAR didn't complain about was the mileage of the Q5, especially with the 2.0L TDI they drove. In the Q5 with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system and a 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission, it gets 35 mpg (US) in all around driving. The torque of the 2.0L diesel was found to be more than adequate to move the Q5 capably. Unfortunately American drivers will likely only see a 3.2L FSI gasoline V6 when the Q5 launches here so we won't get anywhere any of these mileage numbers.

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[Source: CAR]