POWER TO BURN

Style Magazine - - Motoring - BY GRANT EDWARDS

Add hairy–chested power to the Audi Q5’s ex­pan­sive reper­toire. First launched in 2017, the range has re­cently been bol­stered by a burly V6 diesel en­gine which of­fers im­pres­sive ac­cel­er­a­tion, yet miserly fuel con­sump­tion.

It’s a timely ad­di­tion to the Q5 range which fea­tures whole­sale changes com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sor.

En­gi­neer­ing smarts are at the heart of this Q5.

The rein­tro­duc­tion of the 3.0TDI Q5 has caused quite a stir given that the famed per­for­mance model SQ5 re­cently switched away from a 3.0l Turbo Diesel V6 en­gine to a 3.0l Turbo Petrol V6.

This 3.0TDI Q5 model fea­tures an in­cred­i­ble 210kw of power and 620nm of torque, which for per­for­mance buy­ers makes it only 0.4sec off the 0-100kmh time of the new petrol sip­ping SQ5.

For the mo­torists not as in­ter­ested in kilo­watts and new­ton me­ters this new en­gine means smooth seam­less ac­cel­er­a­tion with great re­sponse without the com­pro­mise of a heavy fuel bill.

Audi prod­uct plan­ner Peter Strud­wicke calls Q5 ‘the Goldilocks car’ – just the right size.

For fam­i­lies or those look­ing to get more than a small suit­case in the boot, he’s right.

For those who travel with pas­sen­gers reg­u­larly, they’ll love the ef­fort­less power de­rived from this V6 oil–burner. Over­tak­ing is sim­ple and jour­neys up the range are a cinch.

Part­nered to an eight–speed au­to­matic with all–wheel drive, it carves up the bends with ease, while also op­er­at­ing near silently on the high­way.

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