Audi Q5: Compact Luxury AWD
Channel Staff - 21/Apr/2008
Audi's entrant into the compact luxury
AWD segment has finally broken cover
Three engines have been mooted for the
Q5: two turbo diesels and one turbo petrol
Packed with class-leading equipment, the
Audi Q5 will challenge BMW's X3 head on
Understated yet opulent - Audi's
interior design is second to none
Audi is expected to increase its global sales
outlook with the launch of the new Q5 SUV
Beijing, China — In the last couple of years Audi has forged ahead with a brace of new vehicles, including the A5 Coupe and the R8 mid-engined sports car, and now you can add the Q5 compact luxury AWD to the list.
Launched in China at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show, Audi's new 4WD is the 'baby brother' to the Q7 medium SUV.
an all-new look that could be described as "by-the-book" for Audi,
the new model is expected to swell Audi's revenues into 2009 and will
rival similarly sized vehicles from BMW (X3), Mercedes Benz (GLK) and
Land Rover (Freelander II).
Featuring LED running lights, the new model is very much a next generation Audi.
With "sporty elegance and artfully sculpted forms,
the design of the Q5 is perfectly in tune with the character of Audi as
a brand," explains the car maker.
It's being touted as "The
sportiest SUV in its class" and a lot of attention has been paid to
performance, with the inclusion of a new 7-speed automatic gearbox.
on the Audi A4 platform, the Q5 will be more affordable than the larger
Q7 luxury SUV but will still feature a range of high-tech driving
Parking system with rearview camera
Lane assist (lane departure warning system)
An electric tailgate and swiveling trailer hitch
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Audi side assist
(warns of hazards when changing lanes)
Adaptive cruise control
access to the vehicle
panoramic glass sunroof with tilt
Triple-zone climate control
Sun blinds for rear side
with this range of upmarket features, Audi's new compact AWD
will be marketed as a lifestyle vehicle and as such will be
aligned with adventure sports such as mountain biking, surfing, and
skiing. The European car maker calls the Q5 "a multi-talent [vehicle] for sport, leisure-time and family activities".
off-road systems such as Audi's quattro all-wheel drive system will be
part of the package, and an increased ride height of 200mm will provide
the German designed vehicle with some ruggedness, but the vehicle
appears to tailored for sealed roads.
Audi regularly refers to the Q5 as a "performance SUV" which is understandable when 20-inch alloy wheels are available. Standard equipment will be 17-inch wheels with 235/65 tyres.
Q5 will be offered with 'Audi Drive Select' which appears to be a
road-biased system designed to improve the handling levels of the SUV
on tight and twisting roads.
Drive Select comprises two major systems: one is the
electronic shock absorber system, the other is a dynamics steering
system. At the touch of a button it can change the way the Q5 feels,
from relaxed and smooth to a much firmer setting suited to harder
biggest giveaway that the Q5 has been designed for the road and not the
country is the quattro all-wheel drive setting. In normal operating
circumstances drive power is split 40:60 front-to-rear.
rear-biased power delivery will give the compact SUV a sportier
on-road feel, though Audi has confirmed that the AWD quattro system can
divert up to 65% of drive to the front wheels and up to 85% of drive to
the rear in certain low-grip situations.
as it's luxury pretensions and high tech driving systems, Audi will be
put a large emphasis on the Q5's powertrains, which include petrol and
Exemplifying the Q5's
"performance SUV" label with be one of the company's first uses of the
new 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission.
the Q5 is first launched in Europe power will come from three engines -
one petrol and two diesel engines. They are as follows:
2.0 TFSI: 155kW, 350Nm (8.5L/100km)
2.0 TDI: 125kW, 350Nm (6.7L/100km)
3.0 TDI: 176kW, 500Nm (7.7L/100km)
new 2.0-litre TFSI is a revision of the previous generation turbo
petrol engine that has seen use in vehicles like the Audi TT and VW
Golf GTI. Outputting an extra 8kW, power rises from 147kw the 155kW(211hp)
and torque takes a huge hike from 280Nm to 350Nm @ 1500rpm. This
enables the Q5 TFSI to sprint from zero to 100km/h in 7.2 seconds.
diesel engines are similarly powerful, with big torque at low engine
speeds and even lower emissions than the petrol model.
the Audi Q5 is powered by the 2.0-litre turbo diesel, it outputs
125kW (170hp) and 350Nm of torque @ 1750rpm. The entry-level
diesel model will hit 100km/h in 9.5 seconds.
The 3.0-litre twin turbo V6 diesel is most powerful model in the Q5 range for now,
outputting 176kW (240hp) and 500Nm of torque from 1500rpm. It's also
the fastest model, accelerating from zero to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds,
with a top speed of 225km/h.
While most of the emphasis will be
on the Audi Q5's new look and it's high performance engines, the German
marque has also invested heavily in the Q5's interior design.
with a high level of standard equipment, including plenty of safety
systems such as ESP and multiple airbags, the new Q5 measures 4.63 meters long, around the size of a medium car.
meters wide and 1.65 meters high which makes it "sportier than any of its competitors" and results in a low drag
coefficient of 0.33, which is a class-leading aerodynamic result according to Audi.
with leather upholstery, understated instruments, an 8-speaker stereo
and other low key, upmarket details, the Q5's interiors can be optioned
with all the best stuff: TVs, DVDs, speech recognition systems, hard
disk drives, iPod interfaces, and Bang & Olufsen premium sound
An electromechanical parking brake,
intelligent chip key, and climate control will be standard
equipment, as will a new fuel efficiency system that 'recommends'
the ideal gear for efficient driving in the given situation.
Audi has also tweaked the MMI interior systems controller, which is "the next generation of the
best operating system on the market – with even more intuitive graphics
and control via the large rotary pushbutton" claims Audi.
While the boot is well sized, 540
litres expanding to 1560 liters with the rear seat folded down,
Audi insists that the Q5 can tow up to 2.0 tonnes of cargo in a trailer.
of the stand out features for Audi's new compact AWD is the
climate-controlled drink holder. It can keep drinks hot or cold.
the new 7-speed 'S' tronic transmission and Drive Select systems will
improve the way the SUV drives, and engines will reduce fuel
consumption, it's features like the climate-controlled drink holder that will spark interest.
new Audi Q5 was launched in China because Audi will build the Q5 in
China for the Chinese market. It is Audi's first vehicle to built in
There will also be German-built models to be sold in Europe and America.
It is not yet clear which Q5 model will come to Australia, but Audi
Australia is very keen to get an allocation of models for import into
Australia. The vehicle is not expected in Australia until early 2009 as
European demand is expected to run high.
- Audi A4 (2008)
- Audi TT 1.8 TFSI (2008)
- Audi A3 Cabriolet (2008)
- Audi RS 6 (2008)
- Audi S3 (Road Test)
- Audi Metroproject quattro Concept (2009)
- Audi Cross Cabriolet quattro Concept (2007)
- Audi A4 (2008)
- Audi TT Coupe (Road Test)
RS 4 (Road Test)
- Audi S8 (Road Test)