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AUDI Q5 Estate

40 TDI Quattro Sport 5dr S Tronic

AUDI Q5 Estate - 40 TDI Quattro Sport 5dr S Tronic

Vehicle Information

List Price
£43,240.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
7.6 secs
Engine Size
2.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
165 g/km
By Line

Audi has improved its second generation Q5 mid-sized SUV. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

Audi's second generation Q5 gets a smarter look, an extra sleeker Sportback body shape, an upgraded cabin and more efficient diesel power to join the existing petrol and petrol plug-in options. There's a big step forward in media connectivity too. As ever, this mid-sized premium Audi executive SUV offers car-like driving dynamics that are great on tarmac and are even pretty effective for light off road use. In short, if you can afford it, you'd like one.

Background

Three models dominate the executive mid-to-large section of the premium-badged SUV sector and this is one of them, Audi's Q5. It's almost faced stiff competition from its two arch-rivals, the BMW X3 and the Mercedes GLC but looks stronger against them thanks to the package of mid-term updates visited upon the revised Q5 model range we're going to look at here. Some things haven't changed though. As before, this is the kind of compact SUV you buy if you want 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 around three quarters of a million global owners feel was delivered on by the earlier versions of this car. But is this latest version good enough to continue to ask questions its rivals may struggle to answer? That's what we're going to find out.

Driving Experience

This isn't the most dynamic-handling premium-badged mid-sized SUV you can buy but it's arguably the one that rides best and is most refined. S tronic auto transmission and quattro 4WD are standard across the range. The key news on the engine front is the arrival of a lighter, cleaner, more powerful 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine for the 40 TDI quattro variants that most Q5 customers choose. Power for this powerplant has increased from 190 to 204PS and this unit now uses the brand's latest, more efficient so-called 'twin dosing' catalytic converter technology. The conventional engine alternatives include a couple of versions of the brand's 2.0-litre TFSI petrol turbo, developing 204PS in the 40 TFSI or 245PS in the 45 TFSI variant. You may not have yet caught up with the fact that the SQ5 sporting model is now a mild hybrid 3.0-litre diesel (with 347PS and 700Nm of torque) and capable of 62mph in 5.1s en route to 155mph. You also may not be up to date with the fact that the Q5 range now offers a couple of TFSIe Plug-in hybrid options which uses a 3.0-litre V6 petrol turbo unit mated to a rechargeable 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery capable of providing a WLTP-rated electric driving range of up to 26 miles. Most in search of a Q5 PHEV will choose the 50 TFSIe variant, which offers 300PS and makes 62mph from rest in 6.1s en route to 148mph. There's also a more potent 55 TFSIe model with 367PS which improves that figure to 5.3s. Bear in mind that if you choose the Sportback body shape, you get firmer sports suspension; but as with the standard model, you can upgrade that with either adaptive damping or full air suspension on request.

Design and Build

Specific hallmarks distinguish the latest members of the growing Audi Q crossover family from the core range and this updated Q5 now moves more closely into step with them visually. It comes in two forms - standard SUV and trendier Sportback form. If you stick with the standard SUV version, although the width and height of this mid-size SUV remain as before at 1.89 metres and 1.66 metres respectively, you'll find this Audi now 19mm longer at 4.8 metres, primarily due to its new, larger bumpers. To emphasise this car's Q credentials from the front, its octagonal Singleframe grille is shallower and appears wider than before. And the air intakes that flank it have grown in height and are now structured by trapezoidal insets. The headlights have a new daytime running light signature and there's wider availability of Audi's intelligent 'Matrix' beam technology. In profile this latest Q5 has a more streamlined look thanks to its redesigned sill insert. And at the rear, there's now a smart chrome trim element running between the light clusters and a redesigned lower diffuser insert too. Inside, the expansive sweep of the two-section dashboard bisected by its sculpted trim inlay will be familiar to Q5 drivers, as will the freestanding MMI display. Closer inspection will reveal that the monitor itself is now larger, measuring 10.1-inches diagonally across the range; but unfortunately, you have to do without the old lower rotary centre console controller that originally acted as the gateway to the MMI functions. Now it's necessary to either stab away at the touchscreen or use voice control. Still, the screen's processor now offers ten times more computing power than the old set-up. And the previously optional 12.3-inch fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument binnacle display is now standard. Otherwise, things are much as before. This remains a five-seat model and the rear seat is split into three segments. Longitudinal and seat back angle adjustment are optional. In the Sportback version, rear seat passengers lose 1-2cms of headroom to the sloping roofline. Depending on the rear seat position, the basic volume of the standard SUV version's luggage compartment ranges from 550 to 610-litres. When the rear bench is folded down, this volume grows to 1,550-litres. For the Q5 Sportback, the figures are 510-litres and 1,480-litres.

Market and Model

The price positioning of this second generation Q5 hasn't changed very much, so prices start at around £43,000 and the mainstream range is based around 'Sport', 'S line' and 'Vorsprung' trim levels. All variants now get a larger 10.1-inch centre-dash MMI infotainment screen and a standard Audi Virtual Cockpit 12.3-inch instrument binnacle screen. Even base 'Sport' versions get full-leather upholstery - there's alcantara and leather in the mid-range 'S line' versions or diamond stitched Fine Nappa leather with the top flight 'Vorsprung' trim. As befits their status, the 'Vorsprung' models also feature an extended upholstery pack which takes in the lower section of the centre console and the door armrests, plus full electric adjustment and a massage function for the front seats. The outer rear seats are also upgraded with heating to match the front seats - which are heated throughout the range. Across the range, you get front and rear parking sensors complemented by a reversing camera and cruise control, plus the 'Pre sense city collision avoidance and mitigation' system and 'hill descent control'. Q5 'Vorsprung' variants supplement this tally with upgraded adaptive cruise control and Pre sense systems, as well as assistants to take care of everything from manoeuvring into a parking space and then reversing out again to turning at junctions, monitoring blind spots and observing motorway lane boundaries.

Cost of Ownership

This second generation Q5 took a big step forward in terms of efficiency - and that's reflected by the WLTP figures. The 40 TDI diesel variant manages up to 38.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 134g/km of CO2. These excellent figures have been aided by the introduction of so-called 'twin dosing' catalytic converter technology for this variant's 2.0 TDI unit, which features dual AdBlue injection, significantly increasing emissions cleanliness. With 'twin dosing', AdBlue is injected upstream of two SCR catalytic converters arranged in series, with the result of cutting emissions of nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 80% compared with the previous 2.0-litre TDI engine. Elsewhere in the range, the SQ5's 3.0 TDI diesel delivers 32.5mpg and 229g/km. For the 45 TFSI petrol model, the figures are up to 32.1mpg and up to 199g/km. For the 50 TFSIe plug-in petrol/electric variant, it's up to 117.7mpg and up to 55g/km. A relatively slippery (for an SUV) Cd figure of 0.30Cd helps here. And residuals? Well, trying to buy a used Q5 is quite a depressing experience as they cling onto their value with some tenacity. This is great news for the new buyer and part of a trend certain to continue with this MK2 model. After the usual three year / 60,000 mile ownership period, expect it still to be worth around 45% of what you originally paid for it.

Summary

Whether your destination is Sainsburys or the annual family skiing trip to Crans Montana, you'll feel better about doing it in an Audi Q5. In between, in contrast to larger, plusher and thirstier SUVs, you won't get that nagging feeling of using a sledgehammer to crash a nut when it comes to meeting your real motoring needs. Nor, when you're alone on a twisty B road, should you need to wish you'd bought something sportier. Of course, the improved version of this second generation model now faces much tougher competition, but the well considered package of changes made to this smarter, better equipped and higher-tech mid-sized premium SUV should keep it very competitive with cars like Mercedes' GLC and BMW's X3 in the chasing pack. Certainly it's not cheap - but then neither is anything else in this segment and at least you'll get a decent part of your money back at resale time. Resolutely hi-tech and resolutely real world, the Q5 remains resolutely right.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Acoustic windscreen
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rear wiper
BRAKES
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Electronic stabilisation control including ABS, ASR and EDL
  • Hill descent control
  • Hill hold assist
  • Multi collision brake assist
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Front/rear floor mats
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Dynamic suspension
COMMUNICATION
  • Audi connect safety and service (e-call)
  • Audi wireless smartphone interface
  • Mobile telephone preparation - bluetooth interface
  • Voice control system with Audi hotword activation "Hey Audi"
DRIVER AIDS
  • Acoustic front and rear parking sensor
  • Audi drive select
  • Cruise control speed limiter
  • Electro - mechanical power assisted steering
  • Reversing camera
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Automatic start-stop system with coasting functionality and efficiency programme
  • Power tailgate
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • Amazon alexa Integration
  • Audi virtual cockpit plus with 12.3" screen and three different layout designs
  • MMI navigation plus with 10.1" touch screen
  • Service interval indicator
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Aluminium rhombus inlay
ENGINE
  • 65 litre fuel tank
  • Diesel particulate filter
ENTERTAINMENT
  • DAB Digital radio
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Air inlets in matt titanium black with blades in matt aluminium silver
  • Aluminium roof rails
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome plated exhaust trims
  • Door sills in Selenite silver
  • Lower bumpers painted in contrast Manhattan grey
  • Matt selenite silver underbody protection
  • Matt twilight grey radiator grille with chrome vertical struts
  • Rear chrome trim strip below lights
  • Rear diffuser strip in selenite silver
  • Rear spoiler
  • Roof bars
  • Solid paint
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Automatic headlight adjustment
  • Automatic headlights and windscreen wipers
  • LED headlights and LED tail lights
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Deluxe 3 zone electronic climate control
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 2 x USB charging port with aux input socket
  • 3 spoke multifunction leather steering wheel with shift paddles
  • Door sills with aluminium inlays
  • Front centre armrest
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Removable luggage compartment floor
  • Silver cloth headlining
  • Tool kit
  • Trunk roller cover
  • Twin leather upholstery front sports seats
PACKS
  • High gloss pack - Q5
  • LED interior light pack - Q5
SAFETY
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • 6 airbags - Driver, front passenger, curtain and side airbags
  • Electrically operated child locks on rear doors
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection
  • Pre sense city
  • Seat belt force limiter
  • Seatbelt monitoring
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
SEATS
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with rear centre armrest
  • Heated front seats
  • Height adjustable front head restraints
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting and top tether
  • Manual seat adjustment with 4-way electric lumbar support
SECURITY
  • Anti theft alarm
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts
  • Keyless Go access/ignition system
TRANSMISSION
  • Quattro on demand
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 18" 5 twin spoke dynamic design alloy wheels
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tyre repair kit
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • HC: 33E
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1968
  • Engine Codes: FYGBUY
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Type: COMMON RAIL
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: Data Not Available
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 6.6
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: TDI Quattro
  • Coin Series: Sport
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 204
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 2.0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 7.6
  • BHP: 204
  • Engine Power KW: 150
  • Engine Power RPM: 3800
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque MKG: 40.8
  • Engine Torque NM: 400
  • Engine Torque RPM: 1750
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 137
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/60 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/60 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height: N
  • Height (including roof rails): 1662
  • Length: 4682
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8
  • Wheelbase: 2820
  • Width (including mirrors): 2140
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 520
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 65
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2510
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 1520
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 2400
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1805
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 705
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£354.67
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,192.05 inc VAT
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48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
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Personal Lease
£354.67
Initial Rental (inc VAT)
£3,192.05
Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£354.67
Initial Rental
(9 months)
£3,192.05
Inc VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
43,240.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£43,240.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Diesel
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
7.6 secs
Engine Size
2.0
No. of Doors
5
CO2
165 g/km
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
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AUDI Q5 Estate

40 TDI Quattro Sport 5dr S Tronic

AUDI Q5 ESTATE *Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£354.67
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£3,192.05 inc VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

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