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Test Audi Q5 2017: Predictably Good

Posted on: 4 Nov 2016
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The Audi Q5 is Audi's best-selling models since the first version (Type 8R) was launched in 2008. Now comes a whole new 2nd generation, and AutoExpress has ridden as one of the first.


The new Q5 - which goes on sale in early 2017 and will be delivered from April - is a shortened version of the MLB Evo platform on which the new Q7 is based. The Q5 will benefit particularly from this platform by the loss of weight; about 90 kg compared to the vehicle it replaces, which he delivers lower fuel consumption and CO2 figures. Besides, its wheel design and rims are good. If you need replica rims then Escalade replica rims are the good solution for you.


More interior space

This is all the more impressive because the Q5 is growing compared to the previous generation; He is 4.66m long, 1.89m wide and 1.66m high, so more and a little larger than the car it replaces. The wheelbase grows by nearly 20 mm to 2.82m; this has benefits for the interior, which mainly benefits the rear passengers.

The trunk grows; the rear seats can forward and backward movement and the angle of the backrest can be changed to give priority cargo space or rear legroom, but the capacity ranges from 550 liters to 610 liters - a gain of about 10 liters compared with the old model. Fold the rear seats down and shared this space grows to 1,550 liters. As with the Mercedes GLC is a motorized tailgate as standard, with the option to open the tailgate by waving your foot under the rear bumper.


Inside the Audi Q5, the new Audi family looks. The center of the dashboard is dominated by a "floating" infotainment screen operated - as usual with Audi's MMI - a knob between the front seats. The optional larger 8.3-inch screen features a touch pad to enable handwriting gestures.

Audi's Virtual Cockpit is also offered; the instrument panel is replaced by a single 12.3-inch screen, and the driver can then switch between a regular layout - with large dials for speed and speed - and one that shrinks these elements to make way for the navigation.


At launch, only two engines available. The important thing will be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque.

The other engine for the 2.0-liter TFSI petrol engine with turbo that delivers 252 hp and 370 Nm, yet has a surprisingly respectable CO2 emissions of 154 g / km. Both engines will be offered with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic. They also receive the latest Quattro 'Ultra' four-wheel drive system, which disconnects the rear wheels under normal driving conditions to save fuel.

On the road, the Q5 again a predictable Audi - but that's not necessarily a bad thing at this time. The new 3.0-liter diesel is a strong performer. He's a little cranky if you're really pushing him hard, but once at speed no more; at 120, he runs around 1,750 rpm, and you will not hear him.

At that speed the overall refinement is excellent; it is more likely that you will be bothered by the road noise from the 20-inch wheels than by the wind around the doors and mirrors.

The petrol engine is smooth in the middle rev range, and it only gets raunchy when you put the transmission into manual mode and decides to hunt down the speed. That said, its impressive torque is not enough for a car the size of the Q5, so you'll find that you often have to give up his thunder engine. Given this level of performance and the fact that the four-cylinder diesel will be much better performance on CO2 emissions (Audi have still to issue a number, but we would expect it to be around 130 g / km), the TFSI will be small numbers of sales in the United Kingdom.

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