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Audi Q5

The independent definitive Audi Q5 video review
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    By Jonathan Crouch

    Audi's second generation Q5 is a premium mid-sized SUV that's been usefully improved in recent times. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 90

    Audi's understated Q5 continues its subtle conquest of the premium mid-sized SUV sector. This improved version of the second generation model gets the option of plug-in hybrid power and an SQ5 TDI diesel variant at the top of the range. As before, this Audi offers car-like driving dynamics that are great on tarmac and are even pretty effective for light off road use. There's loads of advanced technology and a beautifully practical interior crafted in the brand's own inimitable style. In short, if you can afford it, you'd like one.

    Backgroundword count: 161

    The second generation version of Audi's Q5 premium mid-sized SUV has always been a strong proposition with its sharp looks, sophisticated technology and efficient engines. Audi, you see, doesn't do things by halves. This has always been the kind of mid-sized SUV you buy if, rather unreasonably, you want something with reasonable mastery of the mud as well as the motorway. Something that'll look great in the driveway, keep you mobile in a snowy snap and shrink around you when a twisting road opens up ahead. It's a demanding brief that nearly half a million global owners felt was achieved by the original MK1 version of this car. It's successor, this model, has continued that strong sales performance. But is this second generation version still good enough to take on tough rivals that now offer a stronger challenge than ever before? To make sure that it will be, Audi has subtly improved this Q5 and added in clever plug-in hybrid tech.

    Driving Experienceword count: 268

    Most Q5 customers will want the 190PS 2.0 TDI diesel engine used in the volume '40 TDI' variant, but low mileage owners shouldn't discount the 245PS 2.0 TFSI petrol unit in the alternative '45 TFSI' derivative. There's also a '50 TFSIe' plug-in petrol variant that uses a 299PS powertrain. And at the top of the range, buyers looking for a sporting Q5 choose between two very different variants. One is another plug-in petrol model, the 'Competition 55 TFSIe', which offers 367PS. And one is a diesel, the SQ5 TDI, which offers 347PS. Across the range, Audi's smooth seven-speed S tronic auto gearbox is standard, as is quattro 4WD, which uses the brand's 'ultra' technology to always disengage the rear-axle drive whenever it isn't needed: if necessary, the system can then proactively re-engage it. The most powerful variants can be ordered with an optional sport differential at the rear axle which distributes torque between the wheels for sharper handling. And all models get Torque vectoring for extra cornering precision. Dynamically, Audi has tried to make this Q5 feel sporty yet extremely comfortable; key elements of this lie with the supple five-link suspension set-up and the progressive electromechanical power steering system. Choose a model with adaptive damping and you'll be able to tailor the ride quality via the various settings of the standard 'Audi drive select' vehicle dynamics system. You can do the same thing with the even more sophisticated adaptive air suspension package that's available as an option. Those venturing 'off piste' will be interested in the two settings added to the 'drive select' set-up - 'lift/offroad' and 'allroad'.

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    Min

    Max

    0-62 mph (s):

    4.9

    10.4

    Combined mpg:

    35.8

    50.4

    Extra urban mpg:

    40.9

    55.4

    Height (mm):

    1653

    Length (mm):

    4629

    Max Speed (mph):

    118

    155

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    Category: Crossover or SUV 4x4s

    Performance
    80%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    80%
    Space
    80%
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