Since the launch of the Q5 in 2008 over 1.6 million have been sold worldwide, not a bad result to say Audi didn’t have a SUV offering until around 2005 when the Q7 was first introduced. The Q5 just took off and got better as the years went on and a success was born and now the Mk2 has been introduced.
This second generation Q5 builds on the success of the first, but offers so much more. The old one was good but this new one is much improved. The exterior design has been completely changed and although it is very definitely a Q5 and looks every bit a Q5 from every angle and from a distance too. However, put the first generation next to the second and it is very different. The new swage lines that run from front to rear are very bold and distinctive; the new grille looks huge but works well as part of the look. The new car has Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights as standard on all models. The exterior styling gives the new Q5 an imposing road presence with distinctive visual appearance.
It is not just the exterior design that has markedly improved; the interior has received improvements too. There seems to be less clutter on the dash and centre console, although it’s not as though there was that much in the earlier model, everything is in place and easy to use. The controls are so intuitive and it only takes a moment to work everything out. There is improved interior space for all five occupants including increases in front and rear headroom; although the length of the car has only increased marginally, it does feel a larger car in the cabin. The boot access width has been widened by 54mm, not much really, but it does make a difference for loading goods.
The whole of the interior has a quality look and feel to it and the new car now has leather and heated front seats, 3-Zone climate control and cruise control with speed limiter as standard. The Audi virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster with 12.3" LCD high resolution is an option but well worth the additional cost of £250.
On the UK event on the South Coast, I only got chance to drive the 2.0-litre TDI, there were some petrol versions at the event but these were in demand. It wasn't that long ago that there were virtually no petrols on these events to try, it was almost diesel only, but now petrols are being put on the fleet as some people are starting to favour them again. The petrol engine in the Q5 is the 2.0-litre TFSi. that produces 252ps and gives a 0-62mph of 6.3 seconds, so not a slouch.
The car I drove produced 190ps and accelerated from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds and it felt fairly lively and accelerated away well from traffic lights and road junctions. The diesel engine is coupled to a 7-speed S Tronic auto gearbox and the two work well together. A very pleasant drive from Hastings to Brighton, and being sat fairly high up, as you do in large SUV's you got great views of the surrounding area, and very pretty it is too in this part of the world.
The new Q5 certainly has a long list of good standard equipment, but an even longer list of options, that could add many thousands of pounds to the cost if customers decide to start ticking some of the boxes. There is a very impressive array of nice to have things, and some very clever safety equipment.
In 2016 Audi achieved its best ever worldwide sales of 1,871,350 cars, a 3.8% improvement over 2015. In the U.K. Sales increased by 6.4% year-on-year to 177,565 cars, and this trend is bound to continue as the company never stands still with new products and constantly re-inventing itself.
Prices for this all-new Q5 start at £37,170.00 OTR and go up to £50,900.00 for the SQ5 which is due mid-year. This new Q5 really does offer everything you could possibly need in a car: plenty of interior space and luggage room, very comfortable, high quality throughout the car, impressive to look at, great styling and the choice of diesel and economical petrol engines. The previous Q5 was such a good all-rounder who would have thought it possible to beat it, but Audi have managed it.
Audi phone box with wireless charging – £325.00 option on all
Adaptive cruise control – £750.00 option on all
Matrix LED headlights with LED rear lights + dynamic front and rear indicators - £1,750.00 option on SE & Sport and £650 on S Line & SQ5 (LED Headlights already standard on S Line & SQ5)
High beam assistant - £150 option on SE, Sport & S Line standard on SQ5
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