I was at the Auto Show yesterday and saw the Q5. I've driven it before and do find it excellent, but 2 major shortcomings that are common in this category:
1) if buying a 'bigger' vehicle and taking the fuel economy punishment (best observed of 11.9L/100km?! eek!), shouldn't cargo capacity be more of a concern?! I'm just not sure the EX37 belongs here - it competes more with the Audi A4 Allroad. That's just a whole different ballgame.
2) price of options. I looked at the Q5 - $40k for 2.0T, $46k for 3.0T (even though it's an S
), and $56 for the Hybrid. $10k to save some fuel...I'd rather get the 3.0T and spend $10k in gas - or to be more frugal, just get the 2.0T or wait for the diesel. Beyond the Audi, the Acura is the only one in this test that didn't blow the bank on options (because there's only 1 package). It saddened me when my mother asked me how much the new RX450h would be, and her only required option was navigation - and that was a $9,000 bundled option. Sad when your option packages equal more than the cost of the car you'd buy for your kid to go off to university.
My $0.02 - I understand why this is the case, but feature comforts are expensive.