A look at the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Audi Q5.


Town & Country (Philippines) - - T & C - By Pierre A. Calasanz

When it was in­tro­duced a decade ago, the first gen­er­a­tion

Audi Q5 hit all the right spots. It sported great looks, per­formed well on the road, and earned its stripes as a near-per­fect mixed-use ve­hi­cle. Built with flex­i­bil­ity in mind—you could seat five adults com­fort­ably and still have a lot of lug­gage space in the boot—the Q5 proved to be a gold­mine for the Ger­man au­tomaker, which has since sold more than 1.6 mil­lion units in more than a hun­dred coun­tries over the world.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing a few cos­metic tweaks a few years ago to keep up with younger ri­vals, the Q5 has been com­pletely re­designed “from the wheels up,” as they say in mo­tor­ing cir­cles. The sec­ond gen­er­a­tion Q5 is big­ger yet lighter, faster and stronger, and packed with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy. Among its most touted features is the up­dated Qu­at­tro sys­tem with Ul­tra tech­nol­ogy, a de­vel­op­ment that can make the SUV see into the fu­ture, in a mat­ter of speak­ing, but we’ll get to that later.

Re­design­ing a well-loved ve­hi­cle is a daunt­ing propo­si­tion, so Audi did the right thing by keep­ing the ba­sic con­fig­u­ra­tion while mak­ing not­i­ca­ble im­prove­ments. It’s at the front where the changes are most pro­nounced: the grille is now en­closed in a hexagon shape, and its ver­ti­cal slats have been re­placed by hor­i­zon­tal ones. Much like the hor­i­zon­tal stripes fash­ion il­lu­sion, this new ar­range­ment makes the car seem a lit­tle wider—in this case it’s a good thing. Com­bined with slim­mer an­gled head­lights, which make the SUV seem like it is squint­ing, this ag­gres­sive face un­der­lines the Q5’s sporty looks. From the side, the sil­hou­ette is en­hanced with a more no­tice­able fold line that runs the en­tire length of the car. Size-wise, the new Q5 is big­ger than its pre­de­ces­sor, but not by much, about an inch longer and about two inches wider. In­side, how­ever, it feels much larger. It prob­a­bly has to do with how the roof pil­lars are sub­stan­tially thin­ner, mak­ing the cabin seem more spa­cious. The slim­mer pil­lars have an added ben­e­fit: bet­ter driv­ing vis­i­bil­ity all around.

An­other thing best ap­pre­ci­ated from the driver’s seat is the im­proved lay­out of the dash­board. Audi’s Vir­tual Cock­pit dis­plays graphic in­for­ma­tion on a 12.3inch screen, with a choice of two views: “clas­sic” with its round speed and rev coun­ters with red nee­dles, and the more mod­ern set­ting with dig­i­tal read­outs. Also on the dash is the multi-me­dia in­ter­face which of­fers easy con­nec­tiv­ity with your smart­phone. Through this fea­ture, you can dis­play your phone apps, such as nav­i­ga­tional tools, on the 8.3-inch screen on the cen­ter con­sole. If you’d rather be lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, the Q5 is equipped with a top­notch Bang & Olufsen sound sys­tem. Liv­ing up to its motto of Vor­sprung

durch tech­nik, mean­ing “Ad­vance­ment through Tech­nol­ogy,” Audi has packed this SUV with a host of tech­no­log­i­cal


mar­vels, among the most im­pres­sive is the pre­vi­ously men­tioned Qu­at­tro with Ul­tra tech­nol­ogy. The Qu­at­tro all-wheeldrive sys­tem is what ce­mented Audi’s rep­u­ta­tion in the in­dus­try, and with this up­date, it’s lit­er­ally look­ing into the fu­ture. Sim­ply ex­plained, a pro­ces­sor an­a­lyzes your driv­ing and the road con­di­tions then it pre­dicts your power or torque re­quire­ments 500 mil­lisec­onds in ad­vance. When it senses that you need more trac­tion, Ul­tra ac­ti­vates the four-wheeldrive sys­tem in just 200 mil­lisec­onds (that’s two-tenths of a sec­ond). When it senses that ex­tra torque is no longer needed, it im­me­di­ately dis­en­gages the rear axle from the en­gine and the rear wheels no longer re­ceive power, sav­ing you pre­cious fuel.

The new Q5 also in­tro­duces adap­tive air sus­pen­sion, where you can vary your ride height by five lev­els. Set it higher for bet­ter han­dling on poorly main­tained roads or when you think you might scrape on a badly de­signed road hump. Ad­just it to the low­est set­ting once you’re home, and get­ting our things out of the trunk is much eas­ier. high tech­nol­ogy in cars, what’s not to love? Audi Philip­pines, 727.0381 to 85.


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