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The Audi Q5 Hybrid is the gasoline/electric-powered version of Audi’s handsome mid-size crossover utility vehicle.  A 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine is teamed with an electric motor for a system output of 245 horsepower and 354 ft-lbs of torque. In typical Audi fashion, all-wheel drive is a standard feature, along with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Fuel economy is rated at 24 miles per gallon in the city and 30 on the highway. Which, while pretty good for a small SUV, is kind of weak for a hybrid. However, the flip side of it is the Audi Q5 Hybrid offers significant performance potential so; it’s something of a tradeoff. Another way to look at it is you get the performance of a V6 along with the fuel economy of an inline four. Zero to 60 is estimated at 6.8 seconds, combined fuel economy is rated at 26 miles per gallon. For a vehicle in this class, those are pretty competitive numbers when found together in the same automobile.

Further, the Q5 platform is quite pleasant, offering Audi’s usually exemplary interior attributes, along with engaging handling and a comfortable ride quality. Standard features include automatic xenon headlights, smart windshield wipers, leather upholstery, a tri-zone automatic climate control system, Audi’s Multi Media Interface, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, keyless entry and start, heated front seats, power folding and auto dimming outside rear-view mirrors, and an auto dimming inside rearview mirror.

Available options include adaptive headlights that swivel in concert with the movements of the steering wheel, a Bang and Olufsen sound system, navigation, heated and cooled cupholders, sport seats, a sport steering wheel, upgraded leather, and ventilated front seats. By the way, the navigation option comes with Google Maps featuring Google Earth satellite imagery.

Clever packaging efficiencies give the Q5 an exceptionally spacious feeling. What’s more, the rear seats slide fore and aft as well as recline. The rear seatback also split folds to provide the Q5 with exceptional cargo carrying flexibility. The Audi Q5 Hybrid offers a maximum of 57 cubic feet of stuff hauling capability—when the rear seat is folded flat.

One of the most competitive members of its class, the Audi Q5 Hybrid offers dynamic handling, exceptional power, a very strong feature seat, handsome exterior styling and a first-class interior treatment. Most reviewers consider the Q5 one of the sportiest models in its class. If you’re shopping in this category, the Audi Q5 Hybrid definitely deserves a look.