Boss of the the road: Audi Q5

THE new Audi Q5 has been set free to have a life of its own, to end darker days of

living in the shadows of big brother Q7. Audi did not say above but if looks can

kill, looks can also give a new life and this is what the Audi designers did with

the new Q – they gave it a new life.

The mid-size SUV now has a more formidable presence, which steps up through the

first time introduction of the supercharged V6 model to the range. These new

developments, including the addition of uprated engines across the board and

styling, will help the Q5 attract new admirers, including the detractors who had

previously dubbed it the “kid brother”.

The updated Q5 is offered with four engine options: two TDI and two TFSIs, with all

engines featuring direct fuel injection with charging and the start-stop system.

And while performance is up across the range, Audi says fuel consumption values have

been reduced by 15 percent.

Specifications and Features of the Audi Q5 are as follows:


Engine Capability


All the five engine options available – two TDI engines and three TFSI engines –

combine direct fuel injection with charging and a start-stop system as standard on

all versions. The 2.0-litre TDI engine develops 130kW and 380Nm of torque with a

fuel consumption figure of 6.0-litres/100km. This unit can be paired with either a

manual or S tronic transmission. The top-of-the-range 3.0-litre V6 TDI produces

180kW and 580Nm of torque with a combined fuel consumption figure of

6.4-litres/100km. This engine is mated to a 7-speed S tronic transmission.


The TFSI engine line-up includes a 132kW 2.0-litre TFSI engine and a 165kW 2.0-litre

TFSI engine. The 132kW variant is available with a manual transmission whereas the

165kW unit is mated to an 8-speed Tiptronic configuration. Combined fuel consumption

for the 132kW 2.0-litre TFSI engine is 7.1-litres/100km while the 165kW TFSI engine

consumes 7.9-litres/100km.


A supercharged 3.0-litre V6 TFSI is also available and produces 200kW and 400Nm of

torque and displays a fuel consumption figure of 8.5-litres/100km. Overall, fuel

consumption has improved by up to 15% compared to previous powertrains.


Exterior Styling Features


The new Audi Q5 features a high-gloss black single-frame grille with bevelled upper

edges and vertical chrome struts. The bumpers integrate air inlets with high-gloss

black inserts and fog lights with chrome rings. The LED Daytime Running Lights

(DRLs) of the optional xenon plus headlamps are shaped as curved bands that surround

the headlights. The diffuser insert and tapering tailpipes have been redesigned

while roof rails and crossbars are standard equipment across the range. An S line

exterior package is available which gives the Q5 a unique look with added design

details and colours of add-on parts.


Interior Styling Features


The Q5 features a refined and modified interior featuring user controls with narrow

chrome trim while the centre console is finished in high-gloss black. The central

media component MMI Navigation Plus now has four buttons and the volume dial has an

additional skip function. Other refinements to controls have been made for the seat

heating, air conditioning system, Audi Drive Select system and the multifunction

steering wheel. The Q5 offers lots of passenger and luggage space with its 2.81m

wheelbase and with the rear seats folded, cargo capacity increases from 540-litres

to 1 560-litres. The Q5 will be offered in two trim lines namely S and SE.


Technology Features


The Q5 is offered with a broad selection of infotainment systems and these include

the Bang & Olufsen sound system, MMI Navigation Plus with a large hard drive, 7-inch

monitor, 3D graphics and a DVD player. The Bluetooth car phone online complements

the MMI Navigation Plus and connects to an  integrated WLAN hotspot allowing

passengers to surf the internet on their mobile phones. For the driver, it brings

Audi connect online services into the car and these include Google Point of Interest

search by voice control, navigation with Google Earth images and Google Street View.


Models and their Price List


Audi Q5 2.0T FSI S

R464 000


Audi Q5 2.0 TDI S manual

R469 000


Audi Q5 2.0 TDI S S tronic

R488 000


Audi Q5 2.0T FSI SE Tiptronic

R528 000


Audi Q5 3.0T FSI SE Tiptronic

R599 000


Audi Q5 3.0 TDI SE S tronic

R616 000


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