Audi has returned with a winning diesel engine in its new Q5 luxury people-mover.
Shirking public perception, Audi has returned with a winning diesel engine in its new Q5 luxury people-mover.
Do you remember the Dieselgate scandal in 2015? The one that saw the Volkswagen Group being fined in excess of R22 billion for emissions cheating, causing huge damage to their corporate image in the process? Heads rolled like bowling balls and every new diesel-powered VW and Audi “disappeared” overnight from US showrooms, where the bombshell first dropped. But nothing smooths over controversy faster than the sands of time and Audi has been brave enough to equip the entry-level version of their new, secondgeneration Q5 SUV with – you guessed it – a diesel engine. And do you know what? The world’s a better place already: underneath the Audi’s bonnet and in the cockpit. The new Q5 is bigger, lighter, smarter and more frugal than its predecessors, but unfortunately a little pricier, too. It needs to be because it faces stiff competition from other luxury SUVs in the segment like the Mercedes GLC, the Jaguar F-Pace, the Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Volvo XC60. At 4,66 m long and 1,89 m wide, the new Q5 is actually big enough to transport five adults. However, it’s a tad too small to fit a third row of seats. Short of a Rolls-Royce, you get the bestmade and quietest interior in the business, as well as a vehicle that prides itself on class-leading safety (it stops automatically if it detects a pedestrian in the street), entertainment (wirelessly charge any suitable cellphone) and connectivity (up to eight devices can be simultaneously linked to the onboard Wi-Fi). Portable devices are welcome; your petrol card less so. The new Q5 has a claimed range of 1 327 km. If you drive from Joburg, you’ll only have to fill up in Worcester. Astonishing if true. The Q5 is also sold with a 2-litre or 3-litre petrol engine, but the diesel is a no-brainer for longhaulers. Occasionally, something good can come of something bad, as evidenced by this diesel Audi.