The updated Q5 will arrive in the UK with four engine options: two TDI and two TFSI. All of these engines combine direct fuel injection with forced induction, and a start-stop system is standard in all versions. Although most of the engines have enhanced performance, their fuel economy has been improved by up to 15 per cent.
The 2.0 TDI with 177 PS and 380 Nm of torque (with S Tronic and Quattro drive) is the entry point to the diesel range, and delivers 47.1 mpg on the combined cycle. The 3.0 TDI delivers 245 PS and 580 Nm of torque. This V6 diesel has been completely redesigned and now combines the potential for up to 44.1 mpg according to the combined cycle test (previously 37.6 mpg) with a torque increase of 80 Nm over its predecessor for more forceful acceleration. Equipped as standard with the seven-speed S Tronic twin-clutch transmission, it powers the Q5 from zero to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 140 mph.
The petrol engine line-up also features new technology. Taking its lead from the new 1.8-litre TFSI unit which already powers the latest A4 and A5 ranges, and employing the same innovations, the new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine is a particular highlight. The control system for its valves and their stroke, its innovative thermal management, its fuel injection system, its turbocharger and the integration of the exhaust manifold in its cylinder head are all new developments. The new 2.0 TFSI offers 225 PS and 350 Nm. It can cover up to 37.2 mpg according to the combined cycle test.
The supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI engine is also new to the Q5, and replaces the naturally aspirated 3.2-litre FSI. This engine delivers 272 PS and 400 Nm of torque, enough for a 5.9-second sprint from rest to 62 mph, a top speed of 145 mph and combined fuel economy of 33.2 mpg.
The four-cylinder engines are linked to a manual six-speed transmission as standard. The seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission is standard for the 3.0 TDI quattro and optional for the 2.0 TDI quattro, while the eight-speed tiptronic automatic is standard for the 3.0 TFSI quattro and optional for the 2.0 TFSI quattro.
The transmissions are integrated in the innovative thermal management system of the four-cylinder versions, a system that significantly shortens the warm-up phase after a cold start. All transmissions have wide gear spreads - the long gear ratios in the upper gears reduce fuel consumption, while the short gear ratios of the lower gears optimise in-gear response.
The chassis of the Audi Q5 - with its five-link front and trapezoidal-link rear set-up - adds new refinement and comfort thanks to changes to the spring, shock absorber and anti-roll bar settings. The new electro-mechanical power steering system promises a better feel for the road with direct gearing. The system - which adjusts its power assist to vehicle speed - does not consume any energy when the steering is in the straight-ahead position, helping to further reduce fuel consumption.
The styling of the Q5 has been subtly refreshed in this latest generation model. The design of the headlights has been modified, and the xenon units that are standard in S line versions and optional for all others are now framed by new-look LED daytime running lights that form a continuous band surrounding more of the lens. Adaptive lights with dynamic cornering lights and static turning lights are available as an option.
The horizontal lines of the high-performance SUV's front end are emphasized more strongly. The high-gloss black single frame grille has beveled upper edges; its vertical chrome struts and the Audi rings have a sculpted look. The modified bumpers integrate air inlets with high-gloss black inserts and fog lights with chrome rings.
When xenon plus headlights are fitted, the tail lights also incorporate visually uniform LED light bands. The diffuser insert and the tailpipes that taper at the bottom have been redesigned - in two versions, depending on the engine. Roof rails and crossbars are standard equipment. There is a range of 15 colours, four of which are new to this latest generation model.
The interior of the Audi Q5 has also been subject to understated refinement. More of the controls are now trimmed in chrome, and modifications have been made to the steering column control stalks, the ignition key and the instruments. The narrow panels of the centre console are now finished in high-gloss black, and the steering wheels now feature the latest Q-specific design.
The ergonomics have also been fine-tuned. The central media component, MMI navigation plus, now has fewer buttons, and its volume dial has an additional skip function. Other refinements have been made to the controls for the seat heating, the new highly efficient air conditioning system, the Audi drive select system and the multifunction steering wheel.
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