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Awards 2011 - Small 4x4: Audi Q5

Date: 25 January 2011

The Audi Q5 has managed to hold its place for the second year, despite stiff competition in the small 4x4 sector from the likes of the BMW X3, Land Rover Freelander, Volvo XC60 and BusinessCar's 2008 winner the Honda CR-V.

As the smaller alternative to the Q7, the Q5 may not have seven seats but it does have ample room for five passengers as well as good boot space. Unsurprisingly for Audi, the RVs are also rock-solid, making it an appealing choice for business car drivers. The biggest-selling fleet car is the 2.0 TDI 141hp Quattro, which is also the lowest emitting at 162g/km CO2. It has impressive official consumption of 45.6mpg too.

The Q5 will also be the lucky recipient of Audi's first hybrid system, which combines a turbocharged 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine, an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries. Due mid-2012, Audi says it will give a total power output of 243hp and "be capable of driving at a speed of up to 62mph using electric power only".