Audi Q5 Review |CarAdvice

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Audi Q5

Audi Q5 Review

Price: to $64,570

At a time when the Sports Utility Vehicle has into nothing but a generic for a high-riding station wagon, the Q5 TSFI quattro is one SUV that embodies the label’s true spirit.

Armed with the potent 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the current GTI, but with considerably torque on tap (350Nm to the Golf’s the Audi Q5 is no slouch.

It’ll the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint in a 7.2 seconds and has a top speed of 222km/h.

than that, the Audi Q5 fast, despite its hefty weight. With maximum reached between a grin-inducing in-gear acceleration is what the Q5 does best.

Mind the Q5 won’t blitz traffic getaways #8211; if you’re a tad too with the throttle you’ll the effects of turbo lag. the throttle from 80km/h on a of billiard-table-smooth freeway, though, and the Q5 doesn’t feel like a and practical family SUV #8211; more like an overgrown hot at least in straight-line performance.

The 2.0-litre engine combines injection and turbocharging with valvelift system for greater output #8211; and it pulls medium-size SUV exceptionally well.

Our Q5 test car was fitted with latest eight-speed automatic (Tiptronic in Audi speak) replaces the previous seven-speed but combined fuel-consumption remains the at 8.5 litres per 100 kilometres.

While not ultra fast shifting transmission that#8217;s fitted to Audi models, the eight-speed is a smooth and quick-shifting unit,

There’s a sequential manual too, using the shifter are no paddle shifters on this but we found it only mildly given the ‘sport’ setting, holds the shift points higher up in the rev range.

If there’s a drawback with version of the Q5, (and there is but it would be the sometimes-strained engine when driving in ‘sport’ resulting from its overly character.

The Q5 emits a more note down low, you gently ease the throttle rather that the proverbial full.

The Audi Q5 handles with the same elegance as its performance. It’s also balanced through the bends – even than the rival Rover Evoque in this opinion.

While there’s no body roll completely due to the weight and high-riding stature, minimal at best and doesn’t the vehicle’s confident composure the more twisty sections.

also plenty of weight in the although while it’s we found a distinct numbness and of communication transmitted through the wheel. Certainly, there’s feedback than with the Q3 .

Despite riding on a set of optional alloy wheels shod not-so-wide 235/55 series Audi’s proven quattro drive system maintains grip, even under loads in tighter corners.

appealing about the Q5 though is its quality. The Audi Q5 runs a suspension system using a front set-up with and lower wishbones and a trapezoidal-link suspension, but the result is a firm most of the time, with suspension thump on poorer It#8217;s especially over patchy where it#8217;s never we’d call a relaxed unless you’re traveling on freeway-quality tarmac.

It#8217;s that the Q5 reveals its links to the A4 on which it is based. The Q3, which better and is still fun to drive, benefits from its relationship the accomplished Volkswagen Tiguan.

You do get more space in the Q5 than the Q3, of where it excels in practicality. lots of cargo space and the comfortably accommodates five

Simply pop the tailgate and you’ll 540 litres of cargo with a wide aperture for easy Hit the remote-style levers in the cargo bay and the 60:40 divided rear automatically fold flat for a load space of 1560

For extra long loads, can also option a folding passenger’s seat for $350, but will mean foregoing the power seats.

Despite the tapered roofline, there’s head and rear legroom, as as plenty of width in the seats, some might say they sufficient side bolstering its sporty nature.

While the principle rivals in the medium-size SUV #8211; BMW X3. Range Rover (technically also a rival for the Q3) and XC60 #8211; have all their game in the interior department, it’s still the Q5 has the upper hand.

The switchgear alone is exquisite. are no faux-metal highlights inside the Q5 – it#8217;s all-real metal along with elegant dials around the centre

The Q5’s ergonomics are superb: button, every knob is positioned in this driver-centric

Meanwhile, the four-spoke sports wheel is worthy enough of its own Thick-rimmed and covered in especially soft leather for added it also boasts Audi’s rollers for audio volume and selection.

Our Audi Q5 2.0 litre was equipped with the optional MMI Media Interface) Navigation which provides a 6.5-inch colour monitor controlled by a rotary joystick behind the

It’s a relatively intuitive but still falls slightly of BMW’s iDrive system for and general ease of use.

Standard kit includes the usual inventory including Bluetooth (no steaming on this model), control air-conditioning, audio with 10-speakers and an electronically park brake.

The Audi Q5 gets a full suite of equipment on board with airbags, electronic stability and ABS (anti-lock braking) with brake assist.

Audi is set to an updated version of the Q5 in the first of 2013 with a slightly powerful engine tune for the turbo petrol generating while the torque output remain the same.

The Audi Q5 most of the right notes – ride comfort an exception. also beautifully built and as well as being eminently and family friendly.

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