Audi tackled the luxury 4x4 sector with its successful launch of the Audi Q7, now Audi have produced the Audi Q5 and its taking a sporty approach with the manufacturer positioning it as “the performance SUV for all seasons and surfaces”.
There is a strong engine range, the Audi Q5 2.0-litre TFSI petrol unit is the entry level option, a powerplant that we’ve seen and been impressed by before in numerous racy VW Group products. In the Audi Q5, it actually generates 208bhp and reaches 62mph in 7.2 seconds. There is two diesel options, first is an economical 168bhp 2.0-litre TDI which has a strong 350Nm, and then there is the 237bhp 3.0-litre TDI with a huge 500Nm available between 1,500rpm and 3,000rpm. It can hit 62mph in only 6.5 seconds.
The Audi Q5 rides on a lightweight suspension system predominately built of aluminium. The multi-link design front and rear promises composure and a sporty feel on the road as do the Audi Q5’s dimensions which are markedly un-SUV. The vehicle is 4,630mm long but only 1,650mm tall, giving it a sleek, ground-hugging stance and bringing the centre of gravity closer to terra firma than in the majority of the Audi Q5’s rivals
The Audi Q5 has a starting price at around the £30,000 mark and is offered with a respectable amount of standard equipment, an options list gives prospective buyers the opportunity to inflate that asking price at will. Of particular interest will be the exterior trim options. An S-Line package emphasises the car’s sporty side with styling accessories or there is an off-road package that adds under body protection to help avoid costly accidents when driving in rough terrain.