Audi updates Q5 and improves fuel efficiencyEdward Green ▼ | October 13, 2016
Sporty, attractive and versatile – the Audi Q5 performance SUV is the most successful mid-class SUV in Europe. Now it is even better – adding many new solutions in design, infotainment, assistance systems and engines.
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The optional xenon plus headlights have a continuous strip of LED daytime running lights around the edge, similar to the tail lights at the rear. The sporty S line exterior package and distinctive offroad styling package are options that strongly accentuate the looks of the Q5. The wrap-around tailgate – a typical design element of the Audi Q models – and the engine hood are made of aluminum. In the passenger cell, advanced form-hardened steels reduce weight; they are extremely strong and at the same time lightweight.
In revising the Audi Q5, fuel economy was improved by up to 15 percent, despite power increases for most engines. The 2.0 TDI is available in two versions. The version developing 105 kW (143 hp) has a combined fuel consumption of just 5.3 liters of diesel per 100 km (44.38 US mpg). The intensively advanced 3.0 TDI produces 180 kW (245 hp) of power and 580 Nm (427.79 lb-ft) of torque. It accelerates the Q5 from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.5 seconds.
The workmanship quality of the Audi Q5 is top notch, and the interior has been further refined. Many of its controls have slender chrome rings, and the panels on the center console are styled in high-gloss black. All steering wheel versions have been redesigned. MMI navigation plus now only requires four control keys, and its volume dial has a skip function. Other changes relate to seat heating operation, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system and multifunction steering wheel. ■