Revised Audi Q5 Gets Greener Engines and Styling Updates
The Audi Q5 compact luxury SUV hasn't had many updates since its introduction, but that changes for 2013 in the area of design, powertrains, infotainment and assistance systems.
The Q5 hybrid quattro combines the power of a six-cylinder engine with the fuel economy of a four-cylinder unit, while the new SQ5 TDI showcases the dynamic potential of the model series with 230 kW (313 hp) – it is the first S model from Audi to feature a diesel engine.
The sporty design of the Q5 with its flat roof arch is now appearing in a meticulously revised and sharpened form. The single-frame grille has chamfered top corners; its vertical chrome struts and Audi rings have a sculptural look. The bumpers, air inlets and front fog lights are also new.
The optional xenon plus headlights have a continuous strip of LED daytime running lights around the edge, similar to the tail lights at the rear. The sporty S line exterior package and distinctive offroad styling package are options that strongly accentuate the looks of the Q5. The wrap-around tailgate – a typical design element of the Audi Q models – and the engine hood are made of aluminum. In the passenger cell, advanced form-hardened steels reduce weight; they are extremely strong and at the same time lightweight.
More power, less fuel consumption: engines
In revising the Audi Q5, fuel economy was improved by up to 15 percent, despite power increases for most engines. The three TDI engines and the two TFSI engines combine direct fuel injection with turbocharging, and a start-stop system is standard throughout the engine lineup.
The 2.0 TDI is available in two versions. The version developing 105 kW (143 hp) has a combined fuel consumption of just 5.3 liters of diesel per 100 km (44.38 US mpg). The intensively advanced 3.0 TDI produces 180 kW (245 hp) of power and 580 Nm (427.79 lb-ft) of torque. It accelerates the Q5 from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.5 seconds.
Another highlight of the engine lineup is the all new two-liter TFSI. This gasoline engine introduces innovative solutions – in the control of valves and their stroke, in its innovative thermal management, turbocharger, integration of the exhaust manifold in the cylinder head and the common rail system that integrates additional fuel injection into the induction manifold.
The 2.0 TFSI produces 165 kW (225 hp), yet it has a combined fuel consumption of just 7.9 liters per 100 km (29.77 US mpg) with the tiptronic transmission. Offering even more performance is the new 3.0 TFSI – this supercharged V6 increases power output to 200 kW (272 hp) with 400 Nm (295.02 lb-ft) of torque. It completes the sprint to highway speed (62.14 mph) in 5.9 seconds.
For each engine, Audi supplies a transmission that matches its output. A six-speed manual is standard for the four-cylinder engines. The sporty seven-speed S tronic is standard for the 3.0 TDI and is available as an option for the 2.0 TDI developing 130 kW (177 hp). The convenient eight-speed tiptronic is an option for the 2.0 TFSI and is standard for the 3.0 TFSI.
In the four-cylinder versions, the transmissions are integrated into the engine’s thermal management system, which significantly shortens the warm-up phase. The quattro permanent four-wheel drive with torque vectoring is standard, except for the 2.0 TDI developing 105 kW (143 hp) which is factory-equipped with front-wheel drive.
Advanced efficiency: electromechanical power steering
The new electromechanical power steering system represents another advance in efficiency – in straight-line driving, the Q5 no longer needs any energy for steering. Audi has also tuned the springs, shock absorbers and stabilizers for an even more balanced chassis. Most engine versions are delivered with 18-inch aluminum wheels; wheels up to 20 inches in diameter and the S line sport suspension are available as options.
Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) detects the composition of the road and adjusts its interventions accordingly; hill descent assist is standard.
The Audi drive select dynamic handling system introduces more versatility to the performance profile of the Q5. It lets the driver control the accelerator pedal characteristic, automatic transmission shift points, amount of steering assist and operation of the automatic air conditioning over four different modes, including an efficiency mode. If an Audi navigation system is installed, the user-programmable ‘individual’ mode is added.
Optional high-end components can be integrated into the Audi drive select control system as well. They include a radar-based adaptive cruise control system, chassis with damping control and dynamic steering. The latter adjusts the steering gear ratio according to vehicle speed and improves stability in sharp curves.
Versatile: driver assistance systems
The revised Audi Q5 also sets benchmarks in its class with its driver assistance systems. The new driver information system with rest recommendation is standard. If it detects that the driver’s concentration is waning, it recommends a break from driving.
The most innovative of the optional assistance systems is the further developed adaptive cruise control.
This radar-based cruise control system regulates the distance between the Q5 and the vehicle ahead; at speeds below 30 km/h (18.64 mph) it initiates hard braking if it detects an impending front-end collision. Audi active lane assist supports the driver with slight steering corrections to stay in lane, while Audi side assist monitors the space behind the vehicle, making lane changes more relaxed. Rounding out the driver assistance system lineup are three systems that make parking easier.
In the infotainment area, Audi offers a broad range of units, where MMI navigation plus represents the very top unit. This large media center has been improved in many aspects, including its voice control functionality. It is ideally supplemented by the Bluetooth online car phone that offers an integrated WLAN hotspot which lets passengers surf the Web and send emails with their mobile devices.
For the driver, the Bluetooth online car phone introduces services from Audi connect into the vehicle. They include such services as point of interest search with voice control and navigation with Google Earth images and Street View. Audi online traffic information shows the very latest traffic loads over the selected route on the navigation map. The smart phone app Audi Music stream lets users receive a large number of Internet radio stations and save favorites to a cell phone. The selected program is played over the audio system loudspeakers via WLAN.
Wellness lounge: interior
The workmanship quality of the Audi Q5 is top notch, and the interior has been further refined. Many of its controls have slender chrome rings, and the panels on the center console are styled in high-gloss black. All steering wheel versions have been redesigned. MMI navigation plus now only requires four control keys, and its volume dial has a skip function. Other changes relate to seat heating operation, the Audi drive select dynamic handling system and multifunction steering wheel.
In the revised Audi Q5, customers can choose from three new interior colors and three leather and three fabric qualities; decorative inlays include three wood veneers and an aluminum version. With the S line sport package, the interior is immersed in black; sport seats and subtle trims make it even more exclusive. The Audi exclusive program and Audi exclusive line offer further attractive recommendations.
The Audi Q5 exhibits great talents for everyday driving and recreation. Its long wheelbase of 2.81 meters (9.22 ft) creates ample space for five passengers. The angle of the rear seatbacks is adjustable; when they are folded down cargo capacity grows from 540 to 1,560 liters (19.07 cubic ft to 55.09 cubic ft). Options include a rail system, cargo liner, reversible floor mat, electrically powered tailgate, folding front passenger seatback and longitudinally adjustable rear bench with load-through hatch. The trailer load is up to 2.4 metric tons – that too is a top value.
Assuming a special position within the model series is the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro, the first hybrid SUV in its segment with a standard lithium-ion battery. The powertrain consists of a 2.0 TFSI developing 155 kW (211 hp) and an electric motor with up to 40 kW (54 hp) of power. Together they produce 180 kW (245 hp) of system power and 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft) of system torque.
The two drives are installed in series and are joined via a clutch. Their power is transmitted to the quattro drivetrain via a modified eight-speed tiptronic. The lithium-ion battery located at the rear of the vehicle stores 1.3 kWh of nominal energy, and it is cooled in two different ways depending on loads.
The Audi Q5 hybrid quattro accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.1 seconds. At a constant speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph) it can cover up to three kilometers (1.86 miles) in pure electric mode, and its peak speed in this mode is 100 km/h (62.14 mph). Combined fuel consumption is just 6.9 liters per 100 km (34.09 US mpg). The hybrid SUV can be driven with just the TFSI, just the electric drive or in hybrid mode; in addition, the powertrain features energy recovery and boosting.
The driver can choose one of three programs. The EV characteristic map prioritizes the electric drive, the D program controls the two drives to optimize fuel economy, and the S level is the sport mode. Special indicators let the driver know the drive type currently being used and its efficiency potential.
New top model: Audi SQ5 TDI
The new top version in the Q5 model series is the SQ5 TDI – the first S model from Audi with a diesel engine. Two turbochargers in series lend tremendous power to the 3.0 TDI; it produces 230 kW (313 hp) and a hefty 650 Nm (479.42 lb-ft) of torque. A sound actuator in the exhaust system gives the V6 diesel a sporty and sonorous sound.
The Audi SQ5 TDI completes the sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.1 seconds, and its top speed is 250 km/h (155.35 mph) – yet its combined fuel consumption is just 7.2 liters per 100 km (32.67 US mpg). The sport suspension lowers the body by 30 mm (1.18 in), and its wheels are 20 inches in diameter. Up to 21-inch wheels are available as options.
Equipment and prices
Despite extensive upgrades, the Audi Q5, which arrives at dealers later this summer, is just slightly more expensive. The 2.0 TDI developing 130 kW (177 hp), for example, is only 150 euros more; its base price is 39,900 euros. The entry level price is 35,200 euros for the 2.0 TDI developing 105 kW (143 hp).
The list of standard features is generous. It includes front fog lights, the high-gloss package, a roof rack, automatic air conditioning, chorus radio with 6.5-inch display, six airbags, integral head restraint system and electromechanical parking brake. The Q5 hybrid quattro also has the MMI navigation plus system, while the SQ5 TDI has xenon plus headlights and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system.
Options for the Q5 come directly from the luxury class. They include adaptive light, convenience key, panoramic glass roof, three-zone automatic air conditioning and climate comfort seats with ventilation function. The S line sport package includes sport suspension and the exclusive exterior color Daytona Gray, pearl effect.
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