Audi Q5 Review

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Audi Q5 Review

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The Audi Q5's fuel consumption figures are more as they should be for a petrol engined SUV and are posted as: 27.1mpg for the urban cycle, a disappointing 38.6mpg for the extra-urban and 33.2mpg for the combined with 197g/km CO2 emissions.

The Audi Q5's fuel consumption figures are more as they should be for a petrol engined SUV and are posted as: 27.1mpg for the urban cycle, a disappointing 38.6mpg for the extra-urban and 33.2mpg for the combined with 197g/km CO2 emissions.

In place of the standard 6-speed manual, the Audi Q5 test car had the 7-speed S-Tronic automatic gearbox. It sounds simple enough but is actually a complicated system involving a twin clutch that can complete gear changes in a fraction of a second. It adds £1,420 but the result is a super-smooth change and, even in the sportier, manual-sequential mode, the change is almost imperceptible.

The test car carries an OTR price of £32,890. As the top-of-the-range, the Audi Q5 S-Line should be well equipped and it is but some items that you would expect to be standard that are, in fact options. The electrically operated, folding and heated door mirrors, electric front seats or heated front seats, for that matter, are extras costing £180, £510 and £270, respectively.

So, what do you get for your money? Apart from all the technology, a standard Audi Q5 comes with 17-inch alloys, cloth upholstery, single zone climate control, a single CD/radio with 6 speakers, electric windows front and rear and electromechanical parking, Driver Information System (DIS), brake and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. The last one seems to contradict what was said in the previous paragraph but the standard mirrors do not fold.

SE adds 18-inch alloys aluminium window trims (exterior) Milano leather upholstery, the DIS comes in full colour, the steering wheel becomes multifunctional and leather-clad, there are automatic wipers and headlights and the sound system gains more power and four extra speakers.

On top of this, the Audi Q5 S-line differences are mainly cosmetic with the functional items listed as 19-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights that look like diamante eyeliner, LED rear lights and S Line sports seats. Inside there are brushed aluminium trimmings and inlays along with a scattering of S Line logos on the seat backs, sills and carpets. On the outside there is exclusive S Line body styling including sill extensions, an S Line grille and front and rear bumpers.

As you would expect, all Audi Q5s come with Quattro permanent AWD, which under normal driving conditions distributes the torque in a 40:60 ratio, in favour of the rear axle but can push up to 65 per cent to the front or 85 per cent to the rear, as conditions dictate.

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Audi Q5 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedAudi Q5 2.0-TFSI Quattro S-Line
  
Body Type4x4
ColourMonza Silver
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph7.2 Seconds
Top Speed 137 mph
  
Transmission7-speed S-Tronic Automatic
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban27.1 mpg
Extra Urban38.6 mpg
Combined33.2 mpg
  
Insurance Group15
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Price (when tested on the 22/07/09)£32,890

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