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Naming trim levels with highfalutin designations makes it hard to tell the difference between a base level called Premium and the top-of-the-line Prestige. Only the Premium Plus sounds like it packs more than a Premium might.

For the Q5, the trim levels also differ depending on the engine choice. The Q5 Prestige comes with several standard features that are optional or not available on the Premium Plus — and charges accordingly. These two trim levels are available on models equipped with the higher-powered 3.2-liter V-6 engine. The base turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine comes in the base Premium and then Premium Plus only.

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Although Audi treats the Q5 Prestige as the top-of-the-line model, it is actually a $7,200 option package added to the Premium Plus model’s $42,500 base price. Premium Plus models with both engines include a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights with LED running lights, iPod interface, power tailgate, heated front seats and HomeLink.

The Prestige Package includes a 505-watt, 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, voice-operated navigation system, keyless entry and starting, adaptive headlights, blind spot warning system and a rear camera. In addition, adaptive cruise control and electronic control over the suspension, steering, transmission and engine response are optional on the Prestige and not available on other Q5s.

You can read all about the 2011 Q5 models, features and options in the Cars.com Research section.

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Answered by Rick Popely on October 31, 2010 in Audi | Permalink

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