“The first Audi Q5 was for many years the world's best-selling SUV in its class. It was no easy task to design its successor, but that is precisely why it is so very exciting,” says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management at AUDI AG. “With the new Q5 we are setting the bar a notch higher. Among the great innovations are the quattro drive system with ultra technology, highly efficient engines, the air suspension with damper control and a comprehensive line-up of infotainment and assistance systems.”
The new SUV from Audi takes a sporty and taut stance on the street but is almost 90kg lighter. A sculpturally flared Singleframe grille with a solid frame dominates its aerodynamically flat front end. It is available with headlights that are in Xenon, LED or high-resolution Matrix LED technology with dynamic turn lights.
The new Audi Q5 SUV, available in Ireland in early 2017, sets the standard once again as it combines the sportiness of an Audi saloon with a highly flexible interior, the latest innovations in Audi infotainment and up to 30 driver assistance features.
The Audi Q5 will launch in Ireland with a choice of 14 different exterior colours and five powerful and efficient engines: four TDI engines and one TFSI. Audi engineers have managed to add more power, while reducing fuel consumption. The 2.0 TDI engines have up to a 27hp increase in power with outputs of 150 hp, 163 hp and 190 hp, and are particularly efficient.
Audi drive select sees the addition of two new modes, meaning that the driver can now select one of seven driving modes. The two new modes, lift/offroad and allroad, emphasise the offroad character of the Audi Q5.
The new Audi SUV comes with 18-inch alloy wheels on SE models as standard while S Line models come with 18-inch 5-arm star alloy wheels. For a sportier look, wheels up to 21 inches in diameter are available as options.
The new Q5 also stands at the top of its class in aerodynamics. The four-cylinder version attains a cd figure of 0.30 with its aerodynamically optimised roof. Wind noise is exceptionally low, and vibration comfort is high – the new Q5 indulges both the driver and passengers with the best interior acoustics in its class.
Depending on the rear seat position, the basic volume of the luggage compartment ranges from 550 to 610 litres, 10 litres more than the previous model. When the rear bench is folded down, this volume increases to 1,550 litres. Cargo loading is simplified by a variably folding mat as standard, standard sensor control of the power tailgate, and manual lowering of the body via the optional air suspension.
The Q5 brings Audi’s brand motto of Vorsprung durch Technik to life through it range of tech and connectivity options. Among the many options, the Audi virtual cockpit presents brilliant graphics on its high-resolution 12.3-inch screen. The driver can choose from two views – a classic view with large round instruments and a mode in which the navigation map or lists dominate. The newly developed optional head-up display projects key information onto the windshield.
MMI navigation plus utilises the Audi connect system to integrate a LTE module and a Wi-Fi hotspot, which lets passengers go online with up to eight mobile devices. Drivers that opt for Audi connect, a permanently installed SIM card with a flat data rate, can also avail of data packages for the car’s Wi-Fi hotspot at attractive rates, which also allow for EU roaming. The free MMI connect app connects the car to a smartphone or smartwatch, allowing for the remote checking of important vehicle states, online media streaming and transmission of a calendar from a smartphone to the MMI.
The new Audi Q5 will arrive at dealerships in Ireland at the beginning of 2017. Pricing will be announced later this year.