Audi UK dealers are now taking orders for the new Q5 SUV ahead of first deliveries in April. Prices start from £37,170 on the road for the 2.0 TDI quattro 190PS, rising to £41,040 OTR for the 2.0 TFSI quattro S line.
Standard equipment is now even more comprehensive with features such as the Audi Smartphone Interface, the Audi parking system plus and powered tailgate operation included from the SE entry point. Other standard features include Audi drive select, heated front seats, an acoustic windscreen, deluxe three-zone electronic climate control and pre-sense city collision prevention assistance.
The new SUV is fitted with Xenon headlights as standard on SE and Sport models and all-weather LED headlights with a signature Q design on S line. High-resolution Matrix LED lamps with dynamic indicators are available as as an option on all models.
As with so many news cars these days, the new Q5 has grown in nearly all of its dimensions, measuring 4.66 metres long, 1.89 metres wide and 1.66 metres tall with a 2.82-metre wheelbase. However, unladen weight has been reduced by up to 90 kg. Audi claims superior aerodynamics too.
A three-spoke multifunction steering wheel is standard. When it is dark, the optional ambient lighting creates an attractive atmosphere in 30 different colours.
Boot space ranges from 550 to 610 litres, 10 litres more than in the previous model. When the rear bench is folded down, this grows to 1,550 litres. So, plenty of room to get a bike in the back.
Audi virtual cockpit with high-resolution 12.3-inch screen is available as an option, one I would definitely chose. You can choose from two views: one with large round instruments and the other featuring the navigation map or lists. Audi’s head-up display is also available as an option.
Sport and S line models take advantage of an SD-card based MMI Navigation system, supplemented by a three-month free trial of the Audi connect suite of services. As an alternative, MMI navigation plus with the intelligent handwriting recognition technology of MMI Touch unlocks a full 36-month subscription to Audi connect via an embedded SIM with no data charge.
The free Audi MMI connect app produces a close interconnection between the car and smartphone or a smartwatch and offers other services. They include remote checking of important vehicle states, online media streaming and transmission of a calendar from a smartphone to the MMI.
Engine choices at launch are a 2.0 TDI engine producing 190PS and a 2.0 TFSI engine with an output of 252PS. Audi claims the petrol motor is capable of returning up to 40.9mpg combined, while the 2.0 TDI offers up to an impressive 56.5mpg. A 3.0 TDI offering 286PS and 620Nm of torque will become available later.
The new quattro drivetrain with ultra technology is standard equipment for the 2.0 TDI with 190PS, and for the 2.0 TFSI with 252PS. This disengages the rear-axle drive whenever it is not needed for improved fuel efficiency.
18-inch alloy wheels are standard on SE and Sport models, while S line cars get 19-inch wheels. Up to 20 inch alloys are available as options.