The second-generation Audi Q5 has arrived in Australia with a slight price increase to accommodate a series of enhancements over the current model, including more power, a smoother ride and updated driver assist technology – not to mention an all-new interior and body.
What they’ll see is a muscular new design with sharper lines and a broader stance that makes it an even more appealing prospect against medium, luxury SUV rivals such as the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class.
While the full range is yet to be announced the 2017 Audi Q5 will start at $2300 more than the outgoing model, with the entry-level Q5 design 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic retailing at $65,900.
This is joined by a new second-tier sport variant priced at $70,700 and $73,500 for TDI and TFSI versions respectively.
Both engines boast higher outputs than before with the TDI producing 140kW/400Nm up from 130kW/380Nm, while the lively TFSI pushes out 185kW/375Nm compared to the outgoing model’s 165kW/350Nm. Both engines are mated to a redeveloped seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission that shifts smoother and faster, according to Audi.
Despite the extra grunt the 2017 Audi Q5 is more fuel efficient (up to 12 percent in the case of the 2.0 TDI) thanks to the more efficient ‘quattro ultra’ drivetrain, with other weight-saving measures trimming around 90kg from the Q5’s waistline.
Standard in each 2.0-litre variant, the AWD drivetrain sends power to the front wheels in normal driving condition, but will send up to 100 percent torque to the rear axles when extra traction is required.
This can be altered via new driving modes including ‘auto’, which provides the best possible traction and balanced handling; ‘dynamic’, which sends more power to the rear axle sooner to improve handling in slippery conditions and ‘offroad’, which engages all four wheels at all times.
Standard safety features across the range includes:
- Audi pre-sense city with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and pedestrian detection (up to 85 km/h)
- Exit Warning system
- Cross traffic assist
- Audi side assist blind spot warning system
- Audi pre-sense basic (belt tensioning, window closing and other preventative measures if an emergency is detected)
- Audi pre-sense rear (warns following traffic if they are at risk of running into the rear of the car)
- Parking system plus with rear-view camera
The Sport models also get:
- Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go
- Turn assist
- Audi pre-sense front (collision warning up to 250km/h)
- Predictive efficiency assistant
- High-beam assist
Standard infotainment includes MMI Navigation viewed via a 7-inch HD screen, Audi Connect, which enables a high-speed 4G LTE connection via a regular data SIM card and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity.
Other standard features for the Q5 design include:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights and taillights
- Leather-appointed seats
- 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats
- Convenience key (hands-free entry and engine start)
- Multifunction steering wheel, with shift-paddles
- 3-zone climate control deluxe air conditioning, with digital rear display
- Audi audio system with CD player, 2x SDXC card readers and an 8-speaker audio system.
Meanwhile the Q5 sport grade scores all of the above plus:
- 20-inch alloy wheels
- Adaptive LED headlights with dynamic rear indicators
- Sport front seats
- Audi virtual cockpit 12.3-inch high-resolution dashboard
- Larger 8.3-inch high-resolution screen, DVD player and five map updates
- Audi premium sound system with 10 speakers including subwoofer and 180w output
Customers can also upgrade to Comfort, S line and Technik packages.
Audi has yet to confirm if 3.0 V6 TDI and TFSI Q5 models will join the range as before, however it’s believed the all-new SQ5 will arrive in Australia in July.
2017 AUDI Q5 PRICING*
Q5 design 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic - $65,900
Q5 sport 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic - $70,700
Q5 sport 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic - $73,500
*Recommended retail pricing, does not include on-road costs