The Audi Q5 has been a favourite in the premium mid-size segment around the world, and for many years. And now Audi has made it even better and even more attractive with a refreshed facelift.
The optimized Q5 now combines a sporty character with excellent everyday usability and versatility. The sharpened exterior design of this highly successful model now emphasizes the Audi Q SUV identity and boasts a rear light cluster featuring digital OLED technology for the first time.
Two of the twelve available paint colours are new – district green and ultra blue. The black appearance package is available as an option on the Advanced, S line and S models and sets expressive accents through black painted areas on the Singleframe, the trim strips on the side windows and the front and rear bumpers. Exterior mirror housings in black are available at additional cost, while black roof rails are available as a no cost option.
The interior design: a light touch and first-class quality
The horizontal emphasis of the interior design conveys a feeling of breadth and lightness. The sculptural, elegant sweep of the trim inlay separates the lower and upper sections of the dashboard, with the focal point formed by the new freestanding MMI touch display with acoustic feedback. The previous rotary/push control on the centre-tunnel console is absent, its place now occupied by a storage cubby.
Audi’s sliding rear bench with adjustable backrests is available as an option and enables a luggage space of 580 to 1,580 litres. With the normal rear bench, the luggage space measures 520 to 1,520 litres. A variable folding floor mat is optionally available and a power tailgate is standard on the Q5. Thanks to its intelligent material mix, the Q5 has one of the lightest body shells in the segment, while the cd figure of 0.30 is among the best-in-class. Refined aero-acoustics make for an exceptionally quiet interior.
Behind the new control set-up in the updated Audi Q5 is a new main unit – the third-generation Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB 3), which offers ten times the computing power of its predecessor, the MIB 2.
The central 10.1-inch MMI touch display is standard equipment in the Q5. Its menu structure with flat hierarchies makes it extremely easy to use, and is searchable using free text. The driver has the choice of entering characters and letters manually or via voice control, which understands a vast array of everyday terms.
The Audi connect online services network the Audi Q5 closely with the internet and traffic
Driveline: powerful performance, low emissions
The upgraded premium SUV comes to market in South Africa in two engine offerings. The Audi Q5 40 TDI. Its powerful two-litre four-cylinder diesel engine generates 140 kW and 400 Nm of torque. The Audi Q5 40 TDI accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds.
The second engine in the range is the Audi Q5 45 TFSI. Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI engine generates 183 kW and 370 Nm of torque. The Audi Q5 45 TFSI accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. The mild hybrid system (MHEV) available on this model contributes to the low fuel consumption.
Both models are fitted with a seven-speed S tronic transmission that sends the engine power to the quattro all-wheel drive with ultra-technology. In normal operation, it sends all the power to the front wheels. If all-wheel drive becomes necessary, e.g. in slippery conditions or during dynamic driving, two clutches connect the rear wheels to the driveline in fractions of a second.
The new Audi Q5 range will officially go on sale in South Africa from 1 September 2021 and is priced as follows (inclusive of all taxes) and comes standard with a five year Audi Freeway Plan:
Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro R852,000
Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro Advanced R871,000
Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro S line R897,000
Audi Q5 45 TFSI quattro S line R947,000
Audi SQ5 TFSI quattro R1,208,000