Audi Q5 2019 – A smart and stylish family SUV
The Audi Q5 is a smart and stylish family SUV with excellent all-round versatility, now in its 2nd generation. It is a popular contender amongst 21st Century families when it comes to choosing the next family car.
The Q5 falls into one of the most competitive market classes, having to compete against other premium brands like the BMW X3, the new Range Rover Evoque and the Mercedes GLC. Family SUV's are the Millenials' trend. With sales continuing to climb in this sector, more and more people want extra practicality, along with sports car performance.
The new Q5 is now built using Audi's latest MLB Evo platform, which enables it to gain a little size in all areas (length, width and height), along with weighing up to 90kgs less than the outgoing model. All Q5 model variations are fitted with the Audi AWD Quattro system to improve grip, handling and stability.
The Audi Q5 splits into three categories, the standard Q5, the Q5 TFSI e and the SQ5. The standard Q5 comes in a choice of four trim levels, Sport, S-Line, Black Edition and Vorsprung and two engines. The Q5 TFSI e is a plug-in hybrid version, of which there are two power output choices, and the SQ5 is the flagship, top of the range model. The Q5 TFSI e comes with a choice of six trims levels and the SQ5, two trim levels. I will just be focussing on the standard Q5 in this article and will review the Q5 TFSI e and SQ5 separately.
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Engines, Power and Performance
The standard Q5 is available with just one petrol engine and one diesel engine. The petrol engine is the 45 TFSI and is a 2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit, which develops 242hp and 370Nm of torque. It will get from 0-62mph in just 6.4secs and go on to a top speed of 147mph, which for a car weighing around 2 tonnes is pretty impressive.
The diesel engine is the 40 TDI and is a 2-litre four-cylinder turbo developing 187hp and 400Nm of torque. The diesel engine will propel the Q5 from 0-62mph in 8.1secs and hit a top speed of 137mph.
Both engines are mated to Audi's 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission, to give a smooth and efficient ride. They offer swift gear changes, whether in fully automatic or if you decide to use the manual flappy paddle gear shifters, either side of the steering wheel.
As all Q5 models are fitted with Audi's excellent Quattro AWD system, the Q5 can handle various amounts of power with ease, with little impact on the handling, performance and traction when accelerating hard. Both engines choices offer good performance levels in comparison to rivals in this class level. However, if you feel the desire for more performance, one of the Q5 TFSI e or SQ5 models will undoubtedly tick your boxes.
Interior Quality and Technology
Audi has a reputation for producing cars with the highest quality interiors and build. The Q5 is no different. There is an array of soft-touch finishes around the cockpit, and you will struggle to find any cheaper looking or feeling materials.
Each Q5 comes with a crisp and clear 7-inch touchscreen to access Audi's latest MMI infotainment system. It comes complete with a rotary controller, to make accessing menus and features simple and easy. The Audi MMI system is arguably the best on the market, along with the BMW i-Drive system; these are the two stand out systems across the mid-sized SUV class.
The Audi Q5 comes with a large selection of features as standard including; sat-nav, smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and Bluetooth Connectivity, to name just a few. There are various optional extras and packages such as the Technology Pack or Comfort and Sound Pack. The Technology Pack includes; MMI Navigation Plus with a larger 8.3-inch touchscreen in place of the standard 7-inch and Audi's Virtual Cockpit with an innovative 12.3-inch digital instrument display cluster. Other options available include; the new Audi Head-Up Display (HUD) to help reduce distractions when driving, although you probably wouldn't need the HUD and Virtual Cockpit, one or the other should suffice. Opting for the top of the range Vorsprung model and the Virtual Cockpit and HUD are included as standard along with most other optional extras and packages.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Audi Q5 has a generous amount of space in the front, with enough room to satisfy even the tallest of occupants. The front seats have a wide range of manual adjustment. These range from; seat height, backrest angle, seat forward and back positioning along with being able to adjust the seat belt height. The front seats are also heated and come with 4-way electric lumbar support. This makes you as comfortable and stable as possible during your journey.
In the back, space again is relatively generous, not class-leading but still impressive. It has good head and legroom to accommodate most tall passengers with ease. The Q5 will fit three adults side by side in relative comfort, even on longer journeys. The middle occupant will have their foot space impacted slightly by the central floor tunnel, but this is no worse than in other rival cars.
The Q5 has a selection of storage cubbies throughout the cabin including; large door pockets front and rear, a spacious glovebox, a couple of cupholders and a large cubby under the centre armrest.
Audi has fitted each Q5 with an electronically powered tailgate to make getting items in and out of the boot easy. It has an option to upgrade to a hands-free opening also. The boot is in keeping with most of the rivals in the Q5's class, coming in at a capacity of 550litres and 1550litres, with the rear seats folded down.
The Audi Q5 achieved a top 5-star mark from the Euro NCAP safety tests carried out, thanks to a selection of standard safety features and assists. Some include; autonomous emergency braking (AEB), cruise control, multiple airbags and Audi's Parking System Plus. Some of the optional features include; blindspot monitoring and traffic sign recognition. If you opt for the higher-spec models, some of these optional features become standard. If you can afford the Vorsprung model, you will get all of these as standard.
The Audi Q5 is a great car which is stylish and luxurious, while also offering great performance and curb appeal. The market for mid-sized family SUV's is hugely competitive, but the Q5 is a strong contender for anyone who is looking for their next family car.