THE AUDI Q5 is the latest vehicle in the German manufacturer’s stable to receive a mid-life facelift. Audi claims this popular mid-size SUV is now even more popular, thanks to new solutions in design, infotainment, chassis and engines.
In terms of the exterior, the LED daytime running lights of the optional Xenon plus units are shaped as curved bands that surround the headlights. The horizontal lines of the front are emphasized more strongly. The high-gloss black singleframe grille has bevelled upper edges; its vertical chrome struts and the Audi rings have a sculpted look. The modified bumpers integrate air inlets with high-gloss black inserts and fog lights with chrome rings. At the back, the diffuser inserts and tailpipes have been redesigned. The revamped Q5 is available with five engine options; two TDIs and three TFSIs.
All these engines combine direct fuel injection with charging, and the Stop/Start system as standard on all versions. Although most engines have enhanced performance compared to the previous model, their fuel consumption values are reduced by up to 15 percent.
The Audi Q5 2.0TDI with 130kW and 380Nm of torque (available in either manual or S tronic transmission and quattro drive) has a fuel consumption figure of 6.0 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 157g/km on the manual and 159g/km for the S tronic. The top-of-the-range 3.0 TDI delivers 180kW and 580Nm of torque. The V6 diesel – available with a seven-speed S tronic and quattro – accelerates from 0 –100km/h in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 225km/h. Its combined fuel consumption is just 6.4 litres/100km and combined CO2 emissions of 169g/km.
The highlight of the TFSI engine line-up is the new two-litre, four-cylinder engine that has numerous innovations such as valve control, innovative thermal management, the fuel injection system, turbocharger and integration of the exhaust manifold in the cylinder head.
The 2.0 TFSI engine is available in 132kW and 165kW derivatives. The 132kW variant is only available in manual transmission, whereas the 165kW is available in an eight-speed Tiptronic configuration. Combined fuel consumption figures for the 132kW are 7.1 litres/100km and a CO2 emissions figure of 174g/km. The 165kW boasts combined fuel consumption figures of 7.9 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 184 g/km.
Producing even more power is the new supercharged 3.0 TFSI – the three-litre V6 with supercharging replaces the previous generation 3.2-litre engine. This engine produces 200kW of power and 400Nm of torque and will accelerate from 0 - 100km/h in just 5.9 seconds. Combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are 8.5 litres/100km and 199g/km respectively.
Upgrades to the interior are far more sublte. These include a few trim changes and upgraded ergonomics. Audi has been generous with the standard specification, but the options list is still an impressive document. Positioned at the top of this list is the Bang & Olufsen sound system and MMI navigation plus with a large hard drive, seven-inch colour monitor, 3D graphics and DVD player.
The new Audi Q5 will be available at the end of January 2013.