Bigger And Bolder Audi Q5

AFTER you’ve driven the Audi SQ5, nothing much by way of SUVs will quite hit the spot for practical excitement.

But that’s not taking anything away from the “more sedate” Q5, which has added to the rise of SUV sales for the German brand. SUV deliveries have more than doubled in the last five years. Now one in three cars that Audi rolls out is an SUV, and more than 3 million Qs have been sold.

The combination of practical space, comfortable driving, a higher driving position and a greater attention to drivability have helped the programme.

Audi Q5The new Q5 benefits from being longer and taller. It allows its previously more rounded aspects to be elongated and given fresh lines that give it a more contemporary look.

Fewer breaks in lines and a wraparound tailgate give it a less “bottom-heavy” feel. But you still get a lot of boot space when you open the tail door.

Audi Q5

New production techniques ensure a stiffer frame that is also 35kg lighter than its predecessor. Coupled with a two-litre turbocharged engine, you enjoy smooth power that   may not be wickedly quick, but gets you from home to office or upcountry with little effort.

For a big fella to do 0-100kmh in 6.3 second, it does get up and running with purpose. Handling is assured, and in dynamic there’s enough adrenaline to take it for a spirited run. For a relatively large car, it handles well, and with Quattro in play on all road surfaces, it delivers an accomplished performance.

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Audi Q5

Much of the Q5’s appeal lies in the cabin. Neither cramped nor oversized, this would be Goldilocks’ ideal wheels. The quilted leather seats add a dash of flash to the overall look, which is up there in the luxury category.

Subtle interior lighting and clean touches result in a less utilitarian feel that pushes up the Q5’s desirability factor.


Styling: 7/10

Interior: 8/10

Ride: 7.5/10

Handling: 7/10

Power: 7/10

Overall: 7.5/10

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Engine: Inline 4 cylinder, exhaust turbocharger

Capacity: 1,984cc

Max Power: 185kW@5,000–6,000rpm

Max Torque: 370Nm@1,600–4,500rpm

Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch

Efficiency: 6.8-7.1L/100km (Combined, and depending on tyre size)

CO2: 154-162g/km (Combined, and depending on tyre size)

0-100kmh: 6.3 seconds

Top Speed: 237 kmh

Retail price: *$239,700

Please reconfirm price with dealer.

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