The Audi Q5 was able to influence them not only through its seat comfort and space, but also through its superb handling and adaptability. It also received high ratings in the interior and exterior design categories.
The technicians among the jury had special appreciation for the new performance SUV's ease of repair and environmental friendliness. The new Audi Q5 merges the vitality of a sports vehicle with a highly adaptable interior and a wide variety of choices for leisure and family.
Three powerful, economical engines, quattro fixed all-wheel drive and agile suspension form the foundation of a remarkable technological package for on-road and off-road applications. The ground-breaking S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the Audi drive select handling system are among its other attractions.
It will be introduced on November 14 this year. The title of 'Golden Steering Wheel' has been awarded since 1975 to the best cars of the year.
The award the Audi Q5 has garnered is already the 17th in 33 years for a car bearing the four rings, making Audi the most successful contending brand. Other winners of the 'Golden Steering Wheel' award are the Audi A6 in 2004, the Audi Q7 the following year and the Audi A4 sedan last year.
Audi Q5 received a distinction in 2008 when it received the Golden Steering Wheel award. The award was handed over to Audi’s Board of Management, Rupert Stadler, in a ceremony that was held in Berlin. In his speech, Stadler gave credit to the team that was behind the development of the award-winning car, who he described as “highly motivated and committed.”
He also called the award as a testimony to the efforts of the people behind the Audi brand, and said that receiving the Golden Steering Wheel award means that the people behind the prestigious award are also convinced of the quality of the Q5.
The jury for the 2008 award put their candidates through plenty of testing and scrutiny, but the Q5 won the distinction on various grounds. Handling was an area that the Audi Q5 excelled in, but it also impressed the jury with its comfort and spacing.
Performance, of course, was a prime concern. In fact, the juries appreciated the ease of maintaining the Audi Q5, and its cleanliness in terms of emissions.