"From a Lexus biggot.."4.5 starson by ryork272
Pros: Handling - quite impressive!
Quietness of cabin
Giddyup - merging onto highways
Cons: I'm a techno kind of guy and the MMI needs one enhancement that will greatly improve ease of use.
Summary: I have owned 5 Lexus vehicles. I have not bought anything but Lexus for the past 10 - 12 years. The 3 year lease on my Lexus GX470 SUV is up and I wanted an smaller SUV with better fuel consumption. My kids are older now (14 and 17) so I do not need all the room of the GX470 (which by the way is a GREAT vehicle).After 4 months of use, here is my update.
So I was going to purchase a Lexus RX350. But its kind of ugly and a bit feminine looking. Lexus let me take it home and use it over night for a day. Nice, but fell short in many areas and, incredibly, my wife did not like it. Huge front dashboard with very little wood trim. Looked kind of cheap for a Lexus and the ride was a bit soft, which is not necessarily bad but I thought it made the handling somewhat sloppy. In short, I expected more especially for a $47k vehicle.
So I took several competing brands for test drives. When I drove the Q5 I just about pee'd my pants. I wanted it right there and then and I had never driven an Audi at any time in my 49 years of being. The handling seemed to be a perfect blend of ride comfort and great handling. The upgraded Band & Olufsen stereo system is worth the $800. The nav system blew away Lexus. The seats are very comfortable and front, side and rear vision is excellent. It also has a rear camera, similar to my GX470, except that the Audi lets you know if you have clearance when backing out in tight spots. Done deal!
My main complaint is the MMI interface is unnecessarily complicated. I can tell it will take a while to master it. My advice to Audi: the dial in the middle is nice but, since its not a touch screen, include a joy stick to move around on the screen - especially for the navigation app. The dial allows you to zoom in or out but how do you then hover over a spot on the screen and click it to "go to" that location? Its the one thing Lexus had that Audi should have included.
Updated on Feb 28, 2010
The MMI system continues to be frustrating to use. It simply does not remember your settings after the vehicle is turned off. The nav system is next to worthless. Its directions can be waaaaaay off. I use my portable instead.
It needs a touch screen!!!! I am constantly looking down to see which button to press, taking my eyes off the road. My biggest worry is that I will get pulled over because the cop will think I'm drunk.
The ignition key is a boat anchor. Its too big.
Indeed this is a very comfortable car/SUV. Great interior and beautiful ride. The B&O sound system is excellent. I get a lot of compliments. After 4 months of use, I truly appreciate the build quality and solid feel.
Now fix the nav system and MMI !!!
Updated on Mar 20, 2010One more update. Made it through the tough Cleveland winter and I have to say it handles well in the snow. Almost as good as the Lexus GX470 (I leased 2 of them for 6 years). I am very impressed.
I get a lot of compliments on the interior. I opted for the cinnamin colored seats with black interior.
When they replace the current MMi system with a touch screen, it will be close to perfect.
I really like this car/SUV and would buy it again.
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