It can be tough to tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween an Audi Q5 and a Q7

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Even to the trained eye, it can be tough to tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween an Audi Q5 and a Q7, and a Q5 and a Q3.

Not that sim­i­lar­ity is a bad thing. The out­go­ing Q5 and the re­vised 2018 model are clean cut in the looks depart­ment, with min­i­mal body over­hang ahead of or be­hind the front and rear wheels. They are de­void of gim­micky OPTFT PWFSXSPVHIU TIFFUNFUBM BOE TVQFSmVPVT USJN

Old and new look re­lated, which is the rea­son why EFUFSNJOJOH UIF FYBDU BHF PG NPTU "VEJT JT EJGlDVMU BM

though the 2018 Q5 uses the com­pany’s lat­est hexag­o­nal grille that’s spread­ing rapidly through­out the lineup. /PX BTTFNCMFE JO .FYJDP ˆ UIF lSTU TVDI "VEJ UP CF

built there — the lat­est Q-ship also de­vi­ates only slightly in length and width, while the dis­tance be­tween the front and rear wheels is un­changed. There is, how­ever, a bit less cargo space be­hind the re­clin­ing back seat than be­fore, due to added rear legroom. When the sec­ond row JT GPMEFE mBU IPXFWFS UIFSF T OPX TMJHIUMZ NPSF SPPN

What is dif­fer­ent is the stiffer and lighter plat­form that also un­der­pins other Audi and Volk­swa­gen mod­els. Com­bined with lighter sus­pen­sion com­po­nents, the new ar­chi­tec­ture helps re­duce the Q5’s weight by close to 90 kilo­grams.

Also new is the Q5’s pow­er­plant. The tur­bocharged 2.0-litre four-cylin­der puts out 252 horse­power and 273 pound-feet of torque. The pre­vi­ous turbo 2.0 made 220 horses and 258 pound-feet. A new quick-shift­ing seven-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with pad­dle shifters re­places the eight­speed au­to­matic.

The hot-per­form­ing SQ5 comes with a 354-horse­power su­per­charged 3.0-litre V-6 matched to an eight-speed auto. The en­gine makes 369 pound-feet of torque.

Audi claims the Q5 will reach 100 km-h from rest in 6.3 sec­onds, while the SQ5 does it in 5.3.

Four-cylin­der fuel econ­omy is rated at 10.4 l/100 km in the city, 8.6 on the high­way, and 9.6 com­bined (pre­vi­ously 12.0/8.5/10.4).

The driv­e­train comes with an up­dated Quat­tro all­wheel-drive sys­tem. In­stead of work­ing full-time on

a 40:60 front:rear ba­sis, the “Quat­tro with Ul­tra Tech­nol­ogy” sys­tem acts like any front-wheel-driver un­der nor­mal con­di­tions and en­gages the rear wheels only when tire slip is de­tected. It weighs less UIBO UIF QSFWJPVT TZTUFN BOE JT NPSF GVFM FGlDJFOU

Q5 pric­ing starts at $47,000 for base Kom­fort trim that comes with tri-zone cli­mate con­trol, leather seat cov­ers, rain-sens­ing wipers and a 180-watt 10-speaker au­dio sys­tem. Also stan­dard is Audi’s drive se­lect sys­tem that MFUT ZPV QJDL GSPN lWF

dif­fer­ent en­gine, sus­pen­sion and steer­ing modes, in­clud­ing Com­fort, Dy­namic (sport) BOE &GlDJFODZ FDP TFU tings.

The Pro­gres­siv trim adds a panoramic sun­roof, heated front seats, fancier in­te­rior trim, hands-free power lift­gate and a num­ber of ac­tive safety tech­nolo­gies.

Se­lect­ing the top-trim Tech­nik gets you nav­i­ga­tion, 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen-brand sound pack­age, and park­ing as­sist with a sur­round-view cam­era. The Tech­nik is also equipped with Audi’s vir­tual cock­pit, con­sist­ing of a 31-cen­time­tre screen that re­places the tra­di­tional in­stru­ment clus­ter. The sys­tem al­lows the driver to com­bine speedome­ter and tachome­ter dis­plays, in vary­ing sizes, with a nav­i­ga­tion screen and a va­ri­ety of in­fo­tain­ment se­lec­tions. The vir­tual cock­pit can be handy, but it could also be more dis­tract­ing than hav­ing these con­trols cen­tered in or above the dash­board as they are for the lower trims.

Any way you or­der it, the Audi Q5’s el­e­gant styling and high-end con­tent are tempt­ing, even if the ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy seem in­cre­men­tal. For an en­try-lux­ury util­ity that was al­ready at the head PG UIF DMBTT UIBU XJMM EP KVTU lOF

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The up­dated Quat­tro all-wheel-drive sys­tem means that the Q5 acts like a front-wheel-drive ve­hi­cle un­til rear tire slip is de­tected. (PHOTO: AUDI)

The op­tional Vir­tual Cock­pit re­places tra­di­tional di­als with a screen that can be changed to show dif­fer­ent in­for­ma­tion in dif­fer­ent lay­outs.This is the in­te­rior of the per­for­mance­minded SQ5. (PHOTO: AUDI)

More rear legroom comes at the at the ex­pense of cargo space.That is un­less the rear seat is folded for­ward.Then there’s ac­tu­ally slightly more room than be­fore. Leather seats are stan­dard for the Q5. (PHOTO: AUDI)

El­e­gant con­trols and a new quick­shift­ing seven-speed trans­mis­sion with pad­dle shifters. (PHOTO: AUDI)

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