More economy, more luxury at much the same money — that’s the upgunned and upgraded Q5
More new cars have boosted rather than conventional engines. Audi’s new Q5 is the best SUV of the crop
AUSTRALIA’S single most popular Audi model will continue to best its rivals in a tight fight when it goes on sale in December from about $65,000. High on the list of changes is the introduction of clever safety and infotainment gear within Audi’s smart Connect system.
The model of greatest interest here is the 3.0-litre V6 petrol TFSI. The superb supercharged engine that does service elsewhere replaces the outdated 3.2-litre petrol.
The updated Q5 range must remain price competitive and, pending final pricing, it looks good. Its high build quality and remarkable drivetrain mix sit well with market demands for a prestige SUV.
The new supercharged V6 should cost about $75,000, at the top of the food chain apart from the new SQ5 sports SUV. It adds an eight-speed automatic, gives better fuel consumption and is even faster. On drivetrain tech alone, this SUV has the edge on rivals.
Xenon headlights and LEDs are listed as options though the supercharged engine model may— indeed should— have these as standard. Cabin trim is typical, class-leading Audi. There are subtle body tweaks but you have to look hard. For example, the dual tailpipes have flattened bottoms.
The new electric-mechanical steering is designed to save engine load, slightly improving economy. The supercharged six puts out 200kW/ 400Nm (up 5kW/ 70Nm on the 3.2), is a second quicker in the 0-100km/h sprint (5.9secs) and uses 8.5L/100km.
Now all Q5 engines are boosted ,starting with the 2.0-litre turbo pair of the TFSI and TDI. Audi sells a hybrid Q5 in Europe, China and the US but it’s a no-show for us. (Its fuel use is similar