It might not look like it, but this is the all-new Audi Q5. And while it might look similar on the outside, it’s what’s beneath that handsome skin that matters most.
The interior is larger in every direction, which means more space for the driver and passengers. Depending on the rear seat position, the basic volume of the luggage compartment ranges from 550 to 610 litres, 10 litres more than in the previous model. When the rear bench is folded down, this volume grows to 1,550 litres. Cargo loading is simplified by intelligent solutions like a standard, variably folding mat, optional sensor control of the power tailgate and manual lowering of the body via the optional air suspension.
The new Audi Q5 is launching in South Africa with two engines: one diesel engine and one petrol. They have added up to 20 kW of power, with fuel consumption however being significantly reduced.
The four-cylinder TDI has a displacement of 1968 cc and is available with an output of 140 kW and 400 Nm of torque available between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm. It will take 7.9 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h and will continue accelerating to a top speed of 218 km/h. It has claimed combined consumption of 4.9 litres per 100km and a combined CO2 emissions figure of 129 g/km.
The further developed 2.0 turbocharged petrol has an output of 185 kW and 370 Nm of torque, yet it only consumes 6.8 litres of fuel per 100 km, which equates to 154 grams of CO2 per km. in this engine, the sprint from 0-100 km/h will take 6.3 seconds.
The new quattro drivetrain with ultra technology, also known as “quattro on demand”, is standard equipment for the range. The quattro with ultra technology always disengages the rear-axle drive whenever it is not needed, and if necessary it can proactively re-engage it. Depending on the situation, up to 100 % of the drive force can be transmitted to the front or the rear axle
If you like the looks, but the power still seems a bit low, might we suggest the SQ5?
It has a 2995 cc V6 petrol engine with an output of 260 kW. The turbocharged engine delivers a constant 500 Nm. The sprint from zero to 100 km/h is completed in 5.4 seconds; while top speed is an electronically governed 250 km/h. Audi claims the SQ5 consumes just 8.3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometre.
Q5 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic: R 698,000
Q5 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic Sport: R 748,000
Q5 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic: R 747,500
Q5 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic Sport: R 797,500
SQ5 3.0 TFSI quattro Tiptronic: R 1,044,000