- AUDI Q5 45 TFSI
- Base price: $ 106,900
- Driving group and economy: 2.0-liter inline-four turbo-gasoline, 183kW / 370Nm, 7-speed automatic, all-wheel drive, combined economy 7.2L / 100km, CO2 165g / km (source: RightCar)
- Vital statistics: 4682 mm long, 1893 mm wide, 1662 mm high, 2819 mm wheelbase, luggage capacity 570 liters, 20-inch alloy wheels.
- Security: Five-star ANCAP rating (tested in 2017)
- At a glance: A smooth upgrade for a proven and true machine, the dynamic taillights are a bit contrived. The price hike for 2021 could deter some buyers.
- Who should consider this: Those who want a perfectly suited medium SUV that can handle almost anything that suburban families will throw at it.
The Audi Q5 has been in its current generation for about three and a half years, which means it’s time to make an upgrade. Not a big update, but yes, but yes. Let’s dive in and see what has changed
There are larger side air intakes, a new Singleframe grille that follows the “make it bigger” mandate that affects other upgraded Audi models, a new-looking DRL at the top edge of the headlight group, a side look more muscular with a greater distance to the floor diffuser insert with a horizontal fin at the back.
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In addition, there are two new colors: the green district (seen here) and the ultra blue.
But the biggest novelty of the Q5 is the new OLED lighting technology. The rear lights are divided into three six-segment tiles, available as a factory option in one of three different styles. Each style has different light modes for different things, such as coming home, unlocking the car, or switching to dynamic mode.
They’re great, no doubt, but a little contrived. A good number of cars in the price range of over $ 100,000 have some kind of light when you unlock them and have them changed while driving is useless because you can’t see them. It’s also a $ 3300 option, which you would probably just save.
The changes here are minimal, as Audi’s MMI touch interface replaces the old Q5’s rotary dialing / touch keyboard system, which is good because the old system was unnecessary. It’s now a little more prone to fingerprints, but it’s the breaks with new technology.
The 45 TFSI is only available in S Line finishes, which means it gets the most virtual booth from Audi, which consists of a 12.3-inch high-resolution digital display on the dashboard with various graphic designs. A front screen is optional.
UNDER THE HAT
No major changes have been made here. The Q5 range is still available with two different diesel engines and one petrol. The 45 here is Gasoline, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit that makes 183kW / 370Nm. The 40 TDI diesel is another in-line four, producing 150kW and 400Nm, while the SQ5 range uses a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel to generate 251kW and 700Nm.
The SQ5 is also the only member of the family to achieve an eight-speed automatic, the others settle for a seven-speed S Tronic dual clutch.
Everything below the SQ5 has a new smooth 12-volt hybrid system, which allows the engine to move and the engine to stop at speeds below 22 km / h. It’s not much, but it does help reduce fuel consumption.
This is an Audi, so quattro comes with ultra technology. Ultra is a safety system for quattro that focuses primarily on fuel efficiency, which means the car runs primarily in front-wheel drive mode with a deluxe electronic central differential to send power back when it is necessary.
The SQ5 does not get quattro with the ultra, settling for the standard four-wheel drive system.
TO THE ROAD
Therefore, the Q5 2021 is largely the same as the Q5 2017-2020 under the hood. Does that make driving the same? Well, yes, basically. The Q5 has never been a bad thing to drive, especially here in 45 trim. The gasoline engine is smoother and quieter than the 40’s diesel, which makes driving at highway speeds a relaxed affair.
Having quattro on board means you can realistically take the Q5 to pretty hairy situations with the confidence of distinguishing it from the other side. Quattro with ultra means that fuel consumption is also maintained at reasonable levels (7.2 L / 100 km claimed).
The steering is good, although it doesn’t have much echo from the front wheels. But it’s a family SUV, not a sports car, so it’s less important. It’s lightweight and easy to rotate, artificially weighing a bit in dynamic mode. I stayed at Comfort most of the time with the Q5 because, like I said, it’s not a sports car. There’s no reason to make the trip worse, right?
Audi hasn’t changed the recipe much here, so if you were already considering a Q5, it’s good news because the SUV is still fantastic at what it does. But if you’re hoping there will be major additions for 2021, I’m sorry
Updates are, for the most part, welcome. The visual adjustments are nice and the new MMI system is much better than the one it replaces. I wouldn’t bother with OLED lights unless you really want them. They are great and everything, but as soon as you get in the car you will not be able to see them …
There is also the issue of price. The Q5 45 TFSI here costs more than $ 100,000, before considering options like OLED lights. In fact, considering the extras (OLED, 21-inch alloys, Matrix LEDs with headlight washers), our test vehicle cost $ 117,700.
BMW is offering the X3 xDrive 30e plug-in hybrid for $ 107,700, roughly the same price as the unspecified Q5 45. In fact, Mercedes-Benz has the GLC 300 e at the same price. The two German options will return better fuel consumption with more torque and better driving in the city.