2012 Audi Q5 review – What Car?

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2012 Audi Q5 review

The Q5 has just been face-lifted, but be forgiven if you struggle to spot the The bumpers, front grille and have been reshaped and are new light lenses, too, but look very similar to the car’s.

Don’t go thinking Audi has been lazy, Four engines will be at launch of the updated Q5, all of which are new or heavily revised. All are stronger the engines they replace, and significantly cleaner and more efficient, too.

What’s the Audi Q5 like to drive?

buyers will go for diesel and the most popular engine in the range, the 168bhp 2.0 TDI, has upgraded to 175bhp. It’s a cracker – quiet and flexible you’re in relaxed mood, yet of properly useful pace.

The seven-speed twin-clutch S tronic to which it’s mated, serves to improves things its shifts are exceptionally fast and

New or revised engines now available in Q5

You’ll get the same gearbox if you go for the powerful diesel engine, the 3.0 TDI. Again, it’s a impressive combination – the big V6 is creamily and effortlessly fast. The only is, the smaller diesel is so good, and so cheaper to buy and run, that it the bigger version a little

It’s a similar story the two petrol engines that are both of which come an eight-speed auto gearbox.

The of the two, a supercharged 3.0-litre, has a 268bhp and can see off the 0-62mph dash in than six seconds. However, what it’ll cost to buy and run (it at more than £37,000 and 33.2mpg), the only reason to one is if you really can’t stand the of diesel power. If that’s the then the fizzing performance you get the £33,500 222bhp 2.0-litre (which is capable of 35.8mpg) be plenty.

What if you want the ultimate Q5? come the end of the year, there’ll be a new model, the SQ5. Interestingly, the first of Audi’s S-badged to be powered by a diesel engine.

The 3.0-litre unit gives so the SQ5 is even faster than the petrol. Squeeze the accelerator to make the eight-speed gearbox down, and you’re hurled

Sound actuators in the exhaust make the engine sound as as it feels. What’s more, it manages to return an acceptable

Like all Q5s, the S has the handling to the pace. With bags of and impressively tight body it munches through corners like a hatchback than a The steering is quick and direct.

of grip and tight body

In the standard car, the stiff means you feel too much of the surface, while potholes and drain covers give you a jolt. Things get particularly on the motorway, where there’s a jitter to the ride. Also, be – the ride deteriorates further if you go for wheels, so stick with the SE standard 18-inchers.

The SQ5, sits on 20-inch rims, and has stiffer suspension. As you can imagine, not the most comfortable 4×4 ever drive.

What’s the Audi Q5 like inside?

It’s an Audi, so it was always to be pretty classy. Standard trim and lashings of expensive-looking material see to that. However, the cabin doesn’t quite the attention to detail of Audi’s interiors; one or two panels let it down.

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It’s still a luxurious though, thanks to the impressive space – four adults travel in total comfort. The seats can be slid back and to juggle space between the compartment and the boot, but wherever you set the boot is pretty huge.

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The standard kit helps towards the feel. Aside from the seats and alloy wheels mentioned, all versions get three-zone control, four powered cruise control, automatic and wipers, rear parking Bluetooth and a 10-speaker stereo.

The high driving position you get a good view out, and lots of adjustment for the seat and wheel.

The infotainment interface has upgraded to the latest version of MMI system, which is simple to use you get the hang of it. The four corner are the sticking point, because perform a different function on which menu you’re in. The controls are a little fussy,

Audi Q5 is good – but the BMW X3 is probably

Should I buy one?

The Q5 is undoubtedly a car, but it has one big problem – the BMW X3. The BMW has most of good about the Audi – a spacious cabin, lots of equipment, good refinement and handling – but it also has the slick that the Audi can’t

There’s another thing; the Q5’s engines are now more than ever, the BMW’s engines are cleaner still, them cheaper to run.

of them are more powerful, and engine-for-engine, most versions of the BMW cost you less to buy (provided you specify the optional automatic

If you wait until the autumn, some new entry-level versions of the Q5 be introduced that should more financial sense. The 2.0 petrol and 141bhp 2.0 diesel be much cheaper to buy, and if keeps chopping fuel and emissions in the way it has been, they’re to be pretty cheap to run. this space.

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Ivan Aistrop

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