All-new Audi Q5 grows larger but lighter

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trans­fer up to 100 per­cent of drive to the rear wheels as needed.

A new elec­trome­chan­i­cal power steer­ing sys­tem is stan­dard, and buy­ers can opt for Audi’s vari­able-ra­tio ‘Dy­namic’ steer­ing.

The new Audi Q5 rides on fivelink suspension all round, with ei­ther steel springs and se­lectable damper con­trol through up to seven modes, or adap­tive air suspension that adds the abil­ity to vary the ride height through five stages.

In­side, the op­tional vir­tual cockpit dis­plays the in­stru­men­ta­tion on a 31cm screen in your choice of clas­sic mode, with two large round di­als for speed and revs, or a dig­i­tal mode where the nav­i­ga­tion map or lists dom­i­nate.

The MMI op­er­at­ing logic is based on the flat hi­er­ar­chies used in smart­phones, bring­ing Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto into the new Q5, along with a phone box that not only wire­lessly con­nects your phone to the car’s sys­tem, but also charges it in­duc­tively at the same time.

The base Q5, in ei­ther petrol or diesel for­mat, is trimmed in a mix of gen­uine and ar­ti­fi­cial leather, with 17” wheels, an am­bi­ent light­ing pack­age with 30 colours, drive select, three-zone au­to­matic air-con­di­tion­ing, cruise con­trol, pre-sense city with pedes­trian alert and au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing, dy­namic suspension, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing, rear park­ing sen­sors and dis­play, a leather-trimmed mul­ti­func­tion steer­ing wheel, and a stain­less steel scuff plate on the tail­gate sill among other fea­tures.

The Sport trim spec adds 18” rims, alu­minium door-sill trims, full body colour bumpers, high gloss ex­te­rior trim and alu­minium in­te­rior trim in­lays, LED head­lights, sports seats and a chrometrimmed steer­ing wheel.

Op­tions for ei­ther model in­clude adap­tive cruise con­trol with traf­fic jam as­sist, ac­tive lane as­sist, dis­tance warn­ing alert, cross traf­fic as­sist rear, exit warn­ing, col­li­sion avoid­ance as­sist and turn as­sist.

The big brother of the Q5 fam­ily boasts a 2995cc V6 TFSI with a twin-scroll tur­bocharger (re­plac­ing the the me­chan­i­cal com­pres­sor of the pre­vi­ous en­gine) nes­tled in the 90 de­gree V between the cylin­der banks.

It’s rated for 260kW and 500Nm from 1370-4500rpm and it’ll take the SQ5 from a stand­still to 100km/h in a claimed 5.4 sec­onds, with ter­mi­nal ve­loc­ity elec­tron­i­cally gov­erned to 250 km/h.

Un­like its two-litre sis­ters, the eight-speed tip­tronic trans­mis­sion feeds drive to a tra­di­tional qu­at­tro per­ma­nent all-wheel drive lay­out, with a slight rear-axle bias as its de­fault mode.

Torque con­trol gen­tly brakes the in­side wheels in hard cor­ner­ing to negate un­der­steer, while the op­tional sports rear dif­fer­en­tial lit­er­ally pushes the car into a curve, and sends more drive to the out­side rear wheel when ac­cel­er­at­ing out of tight cor­ners.

With the stan­dard steel springs, con­tin­u­ous damp­ing con­trol set­tings are in­te­grated into the drive select sys­tem along with the en­gine, steer­ing, tip­tronic and op­tional sport dif­fer­en­tial.

The op­tional S-spe­cific adap­tive air suspension also lets you ad­just ride ac­cord­ing to the driv­ing sit­u­a­tion. PRICES: Q5 2.0 TDI qu­at­tro S tronic - R698 000 Q5 2.0 TDI qu­at­tro S tronic Sport - R748 000 Q5 2.0 TFSI qu­at­tro S tronic - R747 500 Q5 2.0 TFSI qu­at­tro S tronic Sport - R797 500 SQ5 3.0 TFSI qu­at­tro Tip­tronic - R1 044 000 Prices in­clude 5 year/100 000km Audi Free­way Plan

Audi’s mid­sized SUV is avail­able in five petrol and diesel ver­sions, with prices rang­ing from R698 000 to R1 044 000.

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