The Audi Q5 has always been the king of the luxury compact SUV segment, and has also been Audis best seller. This is the 2nd generation of the car since its launch in 2008, let’s see if it can retain its throne of the best-selling luxury compact SUV or not.
Don’t be fooled by the familiar designing, the Audi Q5 is all new. It’s lighter, wider and longer than its predecessor. There’s a new grille and sleek headlamps which are all LED with a great design for the day time running lights, the front of the car just looks elegant and smart. It looks a lot like its elder sibling the Q7 and borrows a few design cues from it on the outside as well the inside.
The side profile is similar to the outgoing car with a crease running from the front to the back of the car. Differences are very hard to pick.
The rear design is neat and the rear lights use LEDs now. The overall look of the car is similar to the previous generation and it looks more of a face-lift than an upgrade.
The interior of the Q5 is largely borrowed from the A4 and Q7 models and looks stylish and plush. The quality is no doubt top notch, and every plastic has a soft feel to it. The dash design is minimalistic and simple but is very elegant to look at, it gets Audis new Virtual cockpit and the latest MMI infotainment screen which is not touch activated, instead it’s controlled by a combination of a rotatory knob and a touch pad, which is very and simple and intuitive to use. The front two seats offer great comfort and support to both the occupants and there are loads of places to keep your stuff at. The design and practicality of the dash is great and every piece of tech is easy to use.
The backseat of the Q5 offers good leg and head room. The seats are nice and comfy, but the middle seat is hard and a bit smaller than the outer two and there’s a huge transmission tunnel in the floor which makes it a bit uncomfortable for the middle passenger. But all in all there is decent amount of space at the rear and three occupants would be okay sitting together. The boot is nice and square, so fitting in big items won’t be a problem, you can also fold the rear seats and increase the boot space for longer items.
In India the engine choices would be from a 2.0lt TFSI petrol and 2.0lt and 3.0lt TDI diesel, mated to a 7 speed s-tronic automatic gearbox while the 3.0lt TDI will be available with an 8 speed automatic. The engines are much more efficient than before. Q5 is not as exciting to drive like its competition the Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 but it does a fairly well job.
The price would start at $41,500/- and around Rs. 62lakhs (Ex-showroom) in India.