2015 Audi Q5

Sporty, attractive and versatile.

 The sporty design of the Q5 with its flat roof arch is now appearing in a meticulously revised and sharpened form. The single-frame grille has chamfered top corners; its vertical chrome struts and Audi rings have a sculptural look. The bumpers, air inlets and front fog lights are also new.

The optional xenon plus headlights have a continuous strip of LED daytime running lights around the edge, similar to the taillights at the rear. The sporty S line exterior package and distinctive off-road styling package are options that strongly accentuate the looks of the Q5. The wrap-around tailgate – a typical design element of the Audi Q models – and the engine hood are made of aluminum. In the passenger cell, advanced form-hardened steels reduce weight; they are incredibly strong and at the same time lightweight.

More Power, Less Fuel Consumption: Engines 

In revising the Audi Q5, fuel economy was improved by up to 15 percent, despite power increases for most engines. The three TDI engines and the two TFSI engines combine direct fuel injection with turbocharging, and a start-stop system is standard throughout the engine line-up.

The 2.0 TDI is available in two versions. The version developing 105 kW (143 hp) has a combined fuel consumption of just 5.3 litres of diesel per 100 km (44.38 US mpg). The intensively advanced 3.0 TDI produces 180 kW (245 hp) of power and 580 Nm (427.79 lb-ft) of torque. It accelerates the Q5 from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.5 seconds.

Another highlight of the engine line-up is the all-new two-liter TFSI. This gasoline engine introduces innovative solutions – in the control of valves and their stroke, in its innovative thermal management, turbocharger, and integration of the exhaust manifold in the cylinder head.

Advanced Efficiency: Electromechanical Power Steering

The new electromechanical power steering system represents another advance in efficiency – in straight-line driving, the Q5 no longer needs any energy for steering. Audi has also tuned the springs, shock absorbers and stabilizers for an even more balanced chassis. Most engine versions are delivered with 18-inch aluminum wheels; wheels up to 20 inches in diameter and the S line sport suspension are available as options.

Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) detects the composition of the road and adjusts its interventions accordingly; hill descent assist is standard.

The Audi drive select dynamic handling system introduces more versatility to the performance profile of the Q5. It lets the driver control the accelerator pedal characteristic, automatic transmission shift points, amount of steering assist and operation of the automatic air conditioning over four different modes, including an efficiency mode. If an Audi navigation system is installed, the user-programmable ‘individual’ mode is added.


Versatile: Driver Assistance Systems

 The revised Audi Q5 also sets benchmarks in its class with its driver assistance systems. The new driver information system with rest recommendation is standard. If it detects that the driver’s concentration is waning, it recommends a break from driving.

The most innovative of the optional assistance systems is the further developed adaptive cruise control

Wellness Lounge: Interior

The workmanship quality of the Audi Q5 is top notch, and the interior has been further refined. Many of its controls have slender chrome rings, and the panels on the center console are styled in high-gloss black. All steering wheel versions have been redesigned. MMI navigation plus now only requires four control keys, and its volume dial has a skip function. Other changes relate to seat heating operation, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system and multifunction steering wheel.

The Audi Q5 exhibits great talents for everyday driving and recreation. Its long wheelbase of 2.81 meters (9.22 ft) creates ample space for five passengers. The angle of the rear seatbacks is adjustable; when they are folded down cargo capacity grows from 540 to 1,560 liters (19.07 cubic ft to 55.09 cubic ft). Options include a rail system, cargo liner, reversible floor mat, electrically powered tailgate, folding front passenger seatback and longitudinally adjustable rear bench with load-through hatch. The trailer load is up to 2.4 metric tons – that too is a top value.

- Audi Media Center


CarAndTruck.caNov. 29, 2016