Last Word First
During my test period in the new Audi A5 Quattro, I parked all preconceptions yet came away with the firm view that Audi have got so much right with this mid-range SUV.
It fitted into my schedule like the most comfortable pair of shoes, went about answering my tasks with unerring ease and was simply brilliant company throughout our 600-kilometre get-together. On every level, this new Q5 Quattro married into my week with such quiet efficiency that I regretted returning it - it’s legacy making it one of the most truly competent, confident cars I have driven in quite a while. This all-new Audi Q5 is available to order in dealerships with pricing from €48,350.
Make: Audi, Test Model: Q5 SE, Format: 5-door, 4-seater SUV, Engine: 2.0 TDi: Power: 190bhp, Torque: 400Nm, Transmission: S-tronic, dual-clutch, 7-speed Automatic, CO2 rating: 136g/km, Tax Band: B2, Annual Road Tax: €280, Boot Space: 55 litres – 1,560 with the rear seats folded, Test Model Price: €65,641
Some of the Competition: Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Porsche Macan, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Volvo XC60.
First launched in 2005 and now built in Mexico, this conservatively styled new second-generation Q5 sits on Audi’s MLB platform and carries none of the bulkiness of the former, its overall weight down some 90kg. I liked the subtlety of its design, with no effort to be flash or vogue-like. It is confident in its demeanour; its build and overall finish could easily be the yardstick for others.
Typical Audi. Lovely polished alloy, heated leather seats, a centre and drivers console that oversees all your progress, safety and entertainment demands. It is wonderfully tactile, with designs like the gear selector worthy of an arts award. Like other vehicles in many of the sale segments, new owners are well advised to spend time with their dealer to acclimatise to their choice of tech.
The 2017 Q5 Quattro stands 4,66m long, 1,66m in elevation and is 1.89m in width, making it bigger than its former incarnation. Rear seat passengers benefit from the longer wheelbase, now 2.82m - some 20mm of an increase.
The overall road feel of the Q5 Quattro is one of ease and assurance. It is quiet on the road and goes about its business with a confidence that requires little effort from the driver. The automatic gearbox goes through its ranges without any surge or lurch and the 2-litre turbo-diesels 180bhp is willing without being overly enthusiastic – in keeping with the Q5’s conservative nature.
The Q5 Quattro comes with a Euro NCAP five-star rating, with a whole plethora of driver assistance systems coming as standard, including their pre-sense city system; an emergency braking system that reacts to vehicles up ahead of the car and to pedestrians.
Whether it was the urban sprawl or out on the open road, the Q5 never allowed the intrusion of road noise to spoil either the music or conversation. Fuel consumption over my mixed journeys averaged out at 5.7 litres/100km.
The 2017 Q5 is up against some great competition in this segment and will add wonderfully to the choice difficulty. Best draw up your test list top three, including the Q5, and prepare for a tough decision.
Tony Toner - Motoring Correspondent for BeepBeep.ie