Every year around Christmas time, my mother gets
out her baking mitts and kneads up some of the best doughnut dough I have ever
tasted. But this year was different. This year I decided to help out in the
kitchen. While gathering the ingredients I suggested the addition of cinnamon
to one batch, and that turned out to be a wise decision. The dough was more or
less the same but the flavour was entirely different. It is almost like what
Audi has done with the new Q5, a sprinkle of change on the design front, some
new features and wa-lah a brand new flavour, made from the same, great tasting
1968cc, in-line 4 Cylinder, turbocharged Diesel TDI
Acceleration (0-100kmph) (Company Claimed)
Independent wheel suspension, five link axle, anti roll bar
Independent wheel suspension, five link axle, anti roll bar
Fuel Tank Capacity
Rs. 55 Lakh
behold, the new Audi Q5 is quite dashing. The designers of the Q5 have moved a
little away from the straight line scheme and introduced a dash of curves to
give this SUV a little more attitude than before. This becomes evident when you
take a closer look at the SUV. The side profile features a prominent belt line
that has a flowing and minutely curvy design to it. The silhouette has a very
gradual and gentle slope backward and ends in a neat and curvy behind. The rear
LED lamps come with dynamic turn indicators and have a curvy yet sophisticated
The facade of the new Q5 sports modish LED
headlamps with a neat looking DRL design. The singleframe grille is reminiscent
of the one on the Q7. The front also gets large air intakes and has ample of
plastic cladding all around. Adding a bit to the butch appeal of the SUV are
bold and pronounced wheel arches that play home to bulky 235/60 R18 tyres. The
new Audi Q5 definitely has a good on-road presence and the new design language
is not overly exciting but also has a nice twist to it.
into the cabin of the new Q5 and you are greeted with warm and earthy
interiors. Audi has furnished the interiors with a beige leather and
leatherette upholstery. The beige colour scheme goes well with wooden inlays
which have been set all around the cabin. The German car manufacturer has
seamlessly blended technology into the spaces of this cabin and has ensured
efficient ergonomics. Some striking features which will set the Q5 apart from
the herd include Audi's Virtual Cockpit, a three zone climate control with an
individual zone for the rear seat occupants and the Audi phone box with
Other features being offered on the new
Audi Q5 include electrically adjusted driver (with memory function) and co
passenger seat with a 4 way lumbar support adjustment, interior mirror with an
auto dimming function, MMI control with touch pad, voice control, navigation
and multiple connectivity options. The Audi Q5 also gets an electric boot
release and boot lid closing function. That said, features like a boot release
sensor could have been included. The new Q5 features a 21.08 cms MMI monitor
which is a fixed unit. It also doubles up as a parking camera. For safety
purposes the SUV also features sensors, the inclusion of a park assist feature
would have done wonders in adding to the convenience this SUV has to offer, but
that has sadly not been included on the package.
The seating in the cabin is more than comfy
and all occupants will get a very roomy feeling in the cabin. This is partly
due to the massive panoramic sun roof up top. Rear seat occupants can also get
a manual roll up blind. The boot space offered on the Q5 ranges from 550 litres
and can be extended upto 1550 litres with the rear seats down. The rear seat
back also gets a standardised 3 way split. Audi has ensured the cabin of the Q5
exudes luxury. That said it does not really stand out in the crowd but gets a
very safe design theme.
Powering the new Q5 is a 2 litre, 4
cylinder turbo diesel TDI mill that churns out a solid 400Nm of torque and
190hp of power. The engine is now 8pc more powerful and 20pc more efficient
with a claimed fuel efficiency figure standing at 17.01kms to a litre. The
engine renders its peak torque low in the range at 1750rpm. This ranges up to
3000rpm and then caters to a peppy surge when you floor it. Peak power comes in
at 3800rpm and goes up to 4200rpm.
The performance of the Q5 is not entirely
too exciting but it does get going in a hurry if you want it to. Audi has
claimed the new Q5 to be able to touch a top speed of 218kmph and that it can
accelerate to 100kmph from standstill in 7.9 seconds. The DCT is also quite
smooth while ambling at lower speeds and is responsive when you want to get
going. Also on offer are various drive modes to for your different moods.
The suspension leans to the softer side and
takes care of most undulations and bumps quite well. The quattro setup ensures
good control no matter what conditions you are driving in. Even at high speeds
the Q5 holds well to the road and in corners displays the best of German
engineering. Braking is facilitated with an all disc brake set up, the brakes
are crisp and accurate. The overall drive experience of the Q5 is admirable and
the SUV does well both on and off the beaten path.
The new Audi Q5 is made from the same great
tasting dough that made the previous generation SUV. It does get a new flavour
thanks to the introduction of a few curves to the body and the addition of new
features. All of this goes to make a fine purchase if the price is reasonable
but then you also have the Volvo XC60 to compete with and that offers much
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