Design

Audi design is founded on clean lines, thoughtful details and upmarket materials, and the Q5 is a well-judged blend of SUV functionality with premium-brand sophistication. The update includes a wider, shallower grille with larger side air intakes, redesigned sills and a new rear end treatment with high-tech OLED taillights (on Vorsprung models). Inside, the former model’s console-mounted infotainment controller has gone, releasing more space for stowage. There’s a central 10.1-inch touchscreen and all models get the Audi ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital dials.

Features

Two Q5 powertrains are offered, the diesel-powered 40 TDI and the petrol 45 TSFI. Both have fouir cylinders, have 2.0-litres in capacity and feature a 12-volt mild-hybrid system to improve fuel efficiency. The 204hp 40 TDI will deliver 52-53mpg and cover the 0-62mph sprint in 7.6 seconds. A new twin-dosing catalytic converter with dual AdBlue injection ensures that it meets the most stringent Euro 6 emissions standards. The petrol-powered 45 TSFI has 265hp (up 20hp from the previous model) and accelerates from 0-62mph time in just 6.4 seconds. All models come with a seven-speed automatic gearbox and quattro ultra, which sends power to the front wheels under normal conditions but automatically and instantly switches to all-wheel drive if needed.

Performance & Technology

Audi’s new Modular Infotainment Platform 3 offers ten times the computing power of its predecessor and can be operated by voice command, touchscreen or via buttons on the steering wheel. Audi has dropped the console mounted touchpad and given the 10.1-inch touchscreen simpler, more logical menus and clear haptic feedback. Three trim levels are offered; Sport comes with LED headlights, MMI plus Navigation, Audi ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital dials and a reversing camera. S line adds matrix LED headlights with dynamic front and rear indicators (as well as different exterior trim and 19-inch alloys). Top of the range Vorsprung is equipped with adaptive rear suspension and a 360-degree parking camera. It also boasts OLED rear lights with a choice of three lock/unlock animations; all rear lights will automatically illuminate if another vehicle gets within two metres of the rear bumper.

Safety

Audi’s reputation for safety is upheld by the driver assistance systems on the new Q5. Standard features include the Audi pre sense city system, which helps to avoid collisions with road users in front of the vehicle or mitigate their consequences. Options include turn assist, collision avoidance assist and exit warning systems as well as adaptive cruise assist.