Audi Q5: Old is Gold

Audi Q5

With the recent SUV crazed car buying consumers, it was only logical for automakers to have a larger catalogue of the crossovers they offered. Another company that has taken to this trend is Audi, who have a very large catalogue of SUVs all badged with a Q. One of its most recent entrant to this line is the Audi Q5, which is meant to compete with the likes of the Evoque and the Macan. Aging rather gracefully, the Q5 is expected to receive another facelift around the end of this year.

The History

Unveiled in the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Audi Cross Cabriolet quattro concept went on to have the underpinnings of the first and current generation of the Q5. This gave way to the production version of the Q5, which was launched at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show, and later in the 2008 LA Auto Show. Continuing to 2012, the Q5 received a facelift, which gave it a redesigned rear and front, with a new set of engines for improved power and efficiency. After the facelift, Audi debuted the S-version of the Q5 later in 2013, and it was known as the SQ5.

The Variants

Below are the Q5’s trims:

  • 2.0 TFSI hybrid quattro
  • 2.0 TFSI quattro
  • 3.0 TFSI quattro
  • SQ5 3.0 TFSI quattro
  • 2.0 TDI
  • 2.0 TDI quattro
  • 3.0 TDI quattro
  • SQ5 TDI quattro

Note that the TDI are diesel engines, while TFSI are petrol variants, and that quattro indicates the car is an all-wheel drive. Also, again note that front-wheel drive is available only for diesel trims.

Audi Q5

The Powertrain

Powering the Q5 are a set of four cylinder and V6 engines. The SQ5 trim produces the best performances from its petrol and diesel variations. Reaching 309 hp and 650 Nm of torque the diesel variant of the SQ5 leads the lines with a 3L V6 twin turbo engine. As for the most powerful engine the petrol SQ5’s 3.0L supercharged V6 produces 349 hp and 470 Nm of torque. Now, looking at the most powerful regular trimmed Q5, it is the 3.0L TFSI quattro which uses a supercharged 268 hp V6 engine. All engines come with a start-stop system. Finally, for all your shifting you’ll have to contend either with a 6-speed manual, 6-speed Tiptronic, 8-speed Tiptronic ZF 8HP or 7-speed S Tronic depending on your trim.

Interior

Entering the cabin, you’d say it’s solid but aging. Age is starting to catch up with the Q5. Considering a car that has been around for close to 8 years, crossovers seem to have a short life-span, before needing to shade their skin. But this isn’t to say that you’ll be disappointed entering the Q5. Standard features in the cabin include a 6.5” touchscreen with sat nav, three-zone climate control and Bluetooth.

Exterior

With the age factor in mind, it’s still one of Audi’s most stunning cars.  In fact you’ll find it very appealing, and even mesmerizing. Now, that’s a testament to Audi’s craftsmanship.

Our Verdict

Age aside, this is still a great car to have. Being that it’s its first generation we can excuse its rather sketchy off road performance. Coming in with enough engines to choose from, the Q5 draws strength from its versatility as it can appeal to all kind of drivers. In a nutshell, looks a little dated but has great performance and coupled with head turning aesthetics. We are all waiting on its second generation to roll in this year, let’s see what they’ll come up with this time.

Pricing for the base model of the Q5 starts at $ 40,900.

What are your expectations of the new Audi Q5? Should it get better off road? Have your say, leave a comment.

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