Audi Q5

March 9, 2017
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A best-selling car from Audi has been made even more powerful and sporty – the new Q5 sets the bar a notch higher. The most significant new features are the quattro drive with ultra technology, highly efficient engines, adaptive air suspension and an array of infotainment and assistance systems.

Design and body
The new SUV from Audi takes a sporty and taut stance on the street. A sculpturally flared Singleframe grill with a solid frame dominates its aerodynamically flat front end. It is available with headlights that are either in LED or high-resolution Matrix LED technology with dynamic turn signals. A distinctively curved and strongly undercut shoulder line gives structure to the side view. The heavily accentuated wheel housings indicate the presence of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. The tailgate with integrated LED tail lights wraps around the C-pillars – a typical feature of the Q models from Audi. A diffuser insert integrates the exhaust tailpipes.

4.66 meters (15.3 ft) long, 1.89 meters (6.2 ft) wide and 1.66 meters (5.4 ft) tall with a 2.82 meter (9.3 ft) wheelbase – compared to the previous model, the new Q5 has grown in nearly all of its dimensions. Consequently, the unladen weight was reduced – depending on the engine – by up to 90 kg (198.4 lb). Steels with maximum tensile strength and aluminum form an intelligent material mix in the body. The new Q5 also stands at the top of its class in its aerodynamics. The four-cylinder versions attain a Cd figure of 0.30 with the aerodynamically optimized roof.

Drive system
The new Audi Q5 is launching in Europe with five powerful and efficient engines: four TDI* engines and one TFSI*. They have up to 20 kW (27 hp) more power but despite this, fuel consumption has been drastically reduced. Particularly the 2.0 TDI engines of the new Q5 with their respective outputs of 110 kW (150 hp), 120 kW (163 hp) and 140 kW (190 hp) are very efficient. The further developed 2.0 TFSI has an output of 185 kW (252 hp), yet it only consumes 6.8 liters of gasoline per 100 km (34.6 US mpg), which equates to 154 grams of CO2 per kilometer (247.8 g/mi). The 3.0 TDI produces 200 kW (272 hp) and 600 Nm (442.5 lb-ft) of torque.

Engine lineup

  • 2.0 TFSI quattro with 185 kW (252 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI with 110 kW (150 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI quattro with 120 kW (163 hp)
  • 2.0 TDI quattro with 140 kW (190 hp)
  • 3.0 TDI quattro with 200 kW (272 hp)

Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.1 – 4.5 (33.1 – 52.3 US mpg)
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 162 – 117 (260.7 – 188.3 g/mi)
(Figures vary depending on engine/transmission/wheels/tires)

Suspension
The new Audi Q5 delivers sporty yet comfortable driving. Creating the basis for this are the newly developed five-link suspensions and also the new electromechanical power steering system. Optionally available is the dynamic steering, which varies its gear ratio depending on the speed and steering angle. Customers can choose from two extension stages of springs and damping. The chassis with damper control offers a very wide spread between comfort and dynamics, which the driver can select via Audi drive select. In addition to adjusting damper control, the new adaptive air suspension can be used to vary the ride height of the car body over five stages.

Interior and controls
The interior offers a lot of space for five persons, and it surpasses the previous model and its competitors in key dimensions. Its horizontally oriented lines underscore the impression of width and comfort, and a three-dimensional trim strip runs across the entire width of the instrument panel. The new trim lines concept offers customers a broad selection of colors and materials.

Operation of the new Audi SUV is intuitive and is marked by three great new features. The optional Audi virtual cockpit presents brilliant graphics on its high-resolution 12.3-inch screen. The driver can choose between two display modes. The equally optional head-up display projects key information onto the windshield. The MMI terminal in the center console acts as the main control element. In the top infotainment system – the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and an 8.3-inch display – a touchpad is integrated into the rotary/push-button control. It recognizes handwritten entries as well as gestures familiar from consumer electronics such as zooming gestures. If the new Q5 is equipped with an automatic transmission, it also has the larger MMI all-in-touch including haptic feedback. The MMI operating logic is based on the flat hierarchies used in today’s smartphones, and it offers such features as intelligent free-text search. The new natural-language voice control function also recognizes inputs from everyday speech. Serving as an additional third operating level in the new Audi Q5 is the multifunction steering wheel plus.

Further additional functions are also available, such as the steering wheel heating. Available seat features range all the way up to a pneumatic massage function. In the dark, the optional ambient lighting (standard with design selection) creates an attractive atmosphere using 30 different colors.

The rear seat back of the new Audi Q5 is split into three segments. Longitudinal and seat back angle adjustment are optional. Depending on the rear seat position, the basic volume of the luggage compartment ranges from 550 to 610 liters (19.4 to 21.5 cu ft), 10 liters (0.4 cu ft) more than in the previous model. When the rear bench is folded down, this volume grows to 1,550 liters (54.7 cu ft). Cargo loading is simplified by intelligent solutions like a standard, variably folding mat, optional sensor control of the power tailgate and manual lowering of the body via the optional air suspension.

Infotainment and Audi connect
MMI navigation plus utilizes the Audi connect module to integrate an LTE module and a Wi-Fi hotspot – this lets passengers go online with up to eight mobile devices. Audi connect enables convenient roaming in Europe for many Audi connect services with its permanently installed SIM card – the Audi connect SIM with a flat data rate. If they wish, users can also book data packages for the Wi-Fi hotspot at attractive prices, which also include EU roaming.

The Audi phone box connects smartphones with the vehicle’s antenna for optimal reception quality; smartphones which support the Qi standard can also be charged inductively. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System with innovative 3D sound introduces the spatial dimension of height. The Audi tablet, which is also new, serves as a flexible Rear Seat Entertainment device. The Audi smartphone interface also brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into the new Q5.

The new Audi Q5, like the Q7 and the A4, has a self-learning “personal route assist” function. After activating this function, the navigation system learns the routes and destinations that the customer regularly selects, and it associates this information to the parked position and time of day.

For as long as it is active, the system therefore learns from the customer’s behavior and uses this information to suggest optimized route planning for the next trip – even while navigation is inactive. The navigation system incorporates the three most likely destinations into the calculation, taking into consideration both the arrival time and current traffic levels. For instance, the system can suggest that the customer activate navigation to find out about potential alternative routes. The driver decides whether or not to activate the function. The driver also has the option of deleting saved destinations. If the function is deactivated, the system does not store the destinations and does not consider deleted destinations or the routes driven.

Assistance systems
In its driver assistance systems, the new Audi Q5 also tops its segment with a broad range of high-tech options. In their intelligent interplay, the systems represent a next step towards piloted driving. They are bundled into three packages – Tour, City and Parking.

The predictive efficiency assistant helps the driver save fuel by using specific information on the car’s surroundings. Adaptive cruise control (ACC) including traffic jam assist can handle some of the steering work in slow-moving traffic. Audi active lane assist makes it easier to stay in lane. Distance warning alerts the driver when the distance to a vehicle drops below a safe distance.

Cross traffic assist rear, the exit warning system, collision avoidance assist and turn assist are other new features that perform excellently in pursuit of safety. The same applies to the pre sense systems – Audi pre sense city is a standard feature which warns the driver about pedestrians and vehicles, as well as initiating automatic emergency braking within the system limits. Park assist, the camera-based recognition of traffic signs and hill descent control round out the features.

The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.

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