The Audi Q5 is a perfect combination of sporty dynamism offered in a sedan combined with highly variable interiors that offer versatile options for leisure or business use. Strong and efficient engines, quattro permanent all-wheel drive and agile running gear have been brought together to create a superior technology package for both on- and off-road driving.Exterior
Q5 is a very handsome vehicle, with greatly styled proportions, offering exquisite detailing in terms of the LED headlights and tail lamps. Audi's modern, shield grille dominates the front-end styling, lending the SUV a very attractive face. With its sporty elegance and artfully sculpted forms, the design of the Q5 is perfectly in tune with the character of brand Audi. The front end is dominated by expressive headlights on both sides of the large single-frame grille; which for a price can also be outfitted with bi-xenon lamps and LED daytime running lights. Viewed from the side, the large wheels and rising edges are especially prominent features. The elegant slope of the roof underscores the slim, coupe-like styling. At the rear, the wraparound tailgate - made from aluminum just like the hood which clearly identifies this SUV as a relative of its older brother, the Audi Q7. The taillights are available in eye-catching LED technology as well.Engine
The Q5 comes in two engine variants - a petrol and diesel each. The petrol unit is the 2.0 Litre 4 Cylinder DOHC turbocharged intercooled unit with around 200 bhp of power on tap and a maximum of 350 nm of maximum torque starting from 1500 rpm all the way upto 4200 rpm. The V6 Turbo diesel displaces 3.0 Litre and generates an impressive 240 bhp and an even more impressive 510 nm of torque. The same diesel even under the hood of the bigger Q7 provides effortless performance and its fair to say that in Q5 which is smaller and lighter, it will more or less electric! Both the engines are mated to a 7-Speed S-Tronic transmission with permanent Quattro all wheel drive. Audiclaims a 0-100 kmph sprint time of 6.5 seconds for the diesel and 7.2 seconds for the petrol and top speed of 225 kmph and 222 kph respectively.Interiors
Inside you can enjoy the commanding driving position that 4x4 buyers often want and the dash is also ergonomically designed. There's also the much talked about Audi MMI central controller. There's plenty of room for four adults along with room for 540 litres of luggage, which is virtually trebled with the rear seats down. The rear seats also fold and recline. A folding front passenger seat is also an option.Ride and Handling
This is the off-roader you’ve always wanted with the handling of a hatchback. Besides immense grip, the SUV also offers tremendous body control along with a well weighted steering, so that driving is more fun as compared to any other SUV in its class. The Q5 sure is a very quiet way to travel to work or for recreational drives on account of the quiet engines which are extremely refined.Safety
A large package of high-end technologies makes the Audi Q5 driving experience even more fascinating. The optional control system Audi drive select guides the operation of various technology components and is available in several upgrade variants. At the touch of a button, the driver determines whether the system should work in a comfortable, an especially well balanced or a sporty mode. The MMI operating system offers a fourth mode, which can be individually programmed. Audi drive select is available with two innovative components. One is an electronic controller for the shock absorbers, the other is Audi dynamic steering.
Outfitted with a superposition gear, it continuously varies the steering ratio and the power steering assistance depending on the speed driven - which means less steering effort is required when parking, and firm steering with low sensitivity at higher speeds. At the handling limits, the dynamic steering stabilizes the Audi Q5 in conjunction with the ESP by means of instantaneous steering interventions.Verdict
Audi Q5 is a scaled down version of the Q7 and comes with its snob value bringing with it the luxuries of the Q7. The SUV is definitely a very impressive vehicle that has caught the fancy of several buyers who aren’t looking for something as big as the Audi Q7 but for something that gives them the driving pleasure combined with the luxuries and that too at a much reduced pricetag.