Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date – 29 Nov 2017

While on the outside appearances can be deceiving, the new Audi Q5 is a completely new vehicle, both inside and out. Modern lines and a larger, wider body with more aerodynamic sculpting help represent the new model.

New And Better 

Despite being now a larger SUV than its predecessor, the Q5 now boasts a drag coefficient of just 0.3, a figure which could make several a sportscar blush, let alone a family SUV. Apart from cutting through the air, the Q5 also boasts a weight reduction by as much as 90 kg.

Q5 - 1Audi offers the Q5 with a choice of 3 engines. Namely the 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel motor that produces 140 kW and 400 Nm, and is the more frugal of the two, and the 2.0-litre turbocharged FSI motor, which produces peak outputs of 185 kW and 370 Nm. It’s the more performance-focused of the two, with a claimed 0-100 km/h time of just 6.3 seconds. The third engine available is the one in the mighty SQ5 with its 3.0-litre V6 performance capable of delivering 0 to 100 sprint in a claimed 5.4 seconds and an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h.

Having great power requires great utilising capability. Thankfully the new Q5 also features an improved and updated version of Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system. I explored spent time exploring the adjustable dynamic ride-levelling suspension over a variety of terrain surfaces and was very impressed with its ability to adapt to changing surface conditions incredibly quickly. By nature the Q5 now offers such a premium dynamic ride, you would certainly be forgiven for opting for the vehicle without some of the pricey additions which are available as optional extras.

Q5 - 2Just like a fine bottle of wine which has aged over time, this latest generation Q5 builds on an overall offering of total quality both inside and out. With many features lifted off its larger sibling the Q7 and a wealth of technological advancements, including the likes of Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit instrumentational display and large MMI central display which features Apple CarPlay, the Q5 really is a glimpse that #NowIsCalling.

SA Pricing & Standard Equipment

Though it can be viewed as rather on the expensive side, with models ranging from R698,000 (2.0 TDI quattro S-tronic) to R1044,000 (SQ5 3.0 TFSI quattro Tiptronic), you do need to take in mind that the new Q5 has been improved in every possible way when compared to its predecessor, a vehicle which was already responsible for finding 13,500 homes in South Africa and over 1,600,000 homes worldwide.

Q5 CoverThe following features are standard on the 2.0T FSI and 2.0 TDI.

  • 17-inch alloys
  • Audi sound system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Collapsible spare wheel
  • Cruise control
  • Driver information system
  • Dynamic suspension
  • Aux and USB connectivity
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Leather multifunction steering wheel
  • Rear park assist
  • Three-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Xenon headlights

Sport models add the following:

  • 18-inch alloys
  • High gloss package
  • LED headlights
  • Sport seats
  • Steering wheel with chrome inlays

Audi SQ5 additional spec includes:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Four-way lumbar support for the front seats
  • Silver mirros
  • Alcantara/Leather seats
  • LED headlights
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Automatic open/close boot
  • Full park assist with parking system
  • quattro with self-locking centre differential
  • Roof spoiler
  • Flat-bottom sports steering wheel
  • Three-zone automatic air conditioning

The Q5 range comes standard with Audi’s 5 year / 100 000 km Audi Freeway Plan and the full model pricing includes:

2.0 TDI quattro S tronic                 R698 000
2.0 TDI 
quattro S tronic Sport       R748 000
2.0 TFSI 
quattro S tronic               R747 500
2.0 TFSI 
quattro S tronic Sport     R797 500
SQ5 3.0 TFSI quattro
 Tiptronic     R1 044 000

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