Popular Mechanics (South Africa) - - DRIVING -

Qu­at­tro per­ma­nent all- wheel drive has un­der­pinned Audi's driv­e­train tech, so it's in­ter­est­ing to see a change in em­pha­sis with the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of the brand's pop­u­lar Q5 SUV. As part of what is over­all an evo­lu­tion­ary up­date, the Q5 gets “qu­at­tro on de­mand” as stan­dard across the range. Ef­fec­tively, in nor­mal driv­ing the Q5 de­faults to more ef­fi­cient front- wheel drive. Drive goes to the rear axle only on de­mand, up to 100 per cent if needed. This smart sys­tem per­ma­nently mon­i­tors the route, driver and driv­ing sta­tus and is able to act pre­dic­tively, if needed. It uses 150 sen­sors de­liv­er­ing data 100 times a sec­ond to al­low it to cal­cu­late the needed in­ter­ven­tion about half a sec­ond in ad­vance. Audi says it needs only 200 mil­lisec­onds to fully ac­ti­vate qu­at­tro. Pa­ram­e­ters mon­i­tored range from road fric­tion co­ef­fi­cient to wheel ro­ta­tion speed, engine torque, steer­ing an­gle, ac­cel­er­a­tor po­si­tion, road slope and driv­ing style. Audi's drive se­lect sys­tem pro­vides up to seven driv­ing modes, in­clud­ing off-road. Chas­sis op­tions avail­able on the new Q5 in­clude adap­tive air sus­pen­sion with five-po­si­tion ride height. Class-lead­ing ef­fi­ciency high­lights in­clude a drag fac­tor of 3,0 (four- cylin­der mod­els), auto trans­mis­sion free­wheel func­tion and thrifty two-litre tur­bocharged en­gines: a 140 kw/400 N.m diesel and a 185 kw/ 370 N.m petrol. The diesel gets 4,9 litres/ 100 km yet storms from stand­still to 100 km/h in 7,9 sec­onds.

Price: from R698 000

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.