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.

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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.

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