Apr 25, 2012 , INGOLSTADT, Germany
High-performance SUV with many talents the updated Audi Q5
- Completely updated Q5 model series
- New engine-transmission pairings are up to 15 percent more
- Audi connect services set new benchmark for infotainment
Sporty, spacious, comfortable and multifunctional the Audi Q5 has a
versatile and successful character. Now the mid-class SUV is even more
attractive, efficient and sporty adding many new solutions in
design, infotainment, chassis and engines. The Q5 hybrid quattro, the
brand's first production hybrid model, unites the power of a V6 with
the fuel economy of a four cylinder.
Audi is launching its updated Q5 with five engine options: three TDI
and two TFSI engines. All of these engines combine direct fuel
injection with charging, and a start-stop system is standard in all
versions. Although most of the engines have enhanced performance,
their fuel consumption values were reduced by up to 15 percent.
The most efficient Q5 series engine is the 2.0 TDI; Audi offers it in
two versions. In the version with 105 kW (143 hp) and 320 Nm (236.02
lb-ft) of torque, the four-cylinder engine in combination with manual
transmission and front-wheel drive has an average fuel consumption of
5.3 liters of diesel per 100 km (44.38 US mpg) and a CO2 equivalent
of 139 grams per km (223.70 g/mile). The 75 liter (19.81 US gallon)
fuel tank enables driving ranges of up to 1,400 km (870 miles).
The Audi Q5 with 130 kW (177 hp) and 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque
(with S tronic and quattro drive) has a fuel consumption value of 6.0
liters per 100 km (39.20 US mpg). The 3.0 TDI delivers 180 kW (245 hp)
and 580 Nm (427.79 lb-ft) of torque. The V6 diesel which appears in
a new, advanced design and is always paired with a seven-speed S
tronic and quattro drive system accelerates the Q5 from zero to 100
km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 225 km/h
(139.81 mph). Its combined fuel consumption is just 6.4 liters of fuel
per 100 km (36.75 US mpg).
The gasoline engines of the updated Audi Q5 also feature
state-of-the-art technology. A highlight of the TFSI engine line-up is
the new two-liter, four-cylinder engine that has numerous innovations
such as in the control of valves and their stroke, innovative thermal
management, the fuel injection system, turbocharger and integration of
the exhaust manifold in the cylinder head.
The new 2.0 TFSI outputs 165 kW (225 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft).
Its fuel consumption (with a manual transmission) is 7.6 liters per
100 km (30.95 US mpg). Producing even more power is the new 3.0 TFSI
the three-liter V6 with supercharging, which replaces the 3.2-liter
engine. This engine outputs 200 kW (272 hp) of power and 400 Nm
(295.02 lb-ft) of torque. Key performance data: zero to 100 km/h
(62.14 mph) in 5.9 seconds, top speed 234 km/h (145.40 mph), combined
fuel consumption of 8.5 liters per 100 km (27.67 US mpg).
Each of the engines in the updated Q5 has an optimal transmission
system. The four-cylinder engine operates with a manual six-speed
transmission as standard equipment. The highly convenient eight-speed
tiptronic is available as an option for the 2.0 TFSI with 165 kW (225
hp); it is standard in the 3.0 TFSI. The sporty seven-speed S tronic,
on the other hand, is standard in the 3.0 TDI and available as an
option in the 2.0 TDI with 130 kW (177 hp).
The transmissions are integrated in the innovative thermal management
system of the four-cylinder versions, a system that significantly
shortens the warm-up phase after a cold start. All transmissions have
wide gear spreads the long gear ratios in the upper gears reduce
fuel consumption, while the short gear ratios of the lower gears
improve dynamic performance in highway driving.
The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is standard with all but
one engine only the 2.0 TDI with 105 kW (143 hp) has front-wheel
drive. Normally, the center differential distributes engine power to
the rear and front axle at a ratio of 60:40, but it can redistribute
the power at lightning speed when necessary. The torque vectoring
system finishes its job with finely tuned brake interventions.
The chassis of the Audi Q5 with its five-link front suspension and
trapezoidal-link rear suspension adds new refinement and comfort in
the characteristics of the springs, shock absorbers and stabilizers.
The new electromechanical power steering system gives the driver a
better feel for the road with direct gearing. The system which
adjusts its power assist to vehicle speed does not consume any
energy in straight-line driving, reducing fuel consumption by about
0.2 liters per 100 km.
The Q5 has 17-inch aluminum wheels and size 235/65 tires (18-inch
wheels from 165 kW [225 hp]). Audi and quattro GmbH can deliver wheels
with up to 20-inch diagonals and tires up to 255/45. Customers who are
particularly focused on sports performance can order the S line sport
suspension. The electromechanical parking brake may be supplemented
with the optional Audi hold assist, and the standard downhill assist
function controls vehicle speed on steep descents. Electronic
stabilization control (ESC) adapts its interventions to
characteristics of the road surface.
Another high-end feature in the Audi Q5 is the Audi drive select
system. It lets the driver vary the characteristic of the accelerator
pedal, the shift points of the automatic transmission, amount of power
steering assist and operation of the automatic air conditioning system
via four modes, including an efficiency mode. When an Audi navigation
system is ordered, a fifth mode is added that is largely
In addition, three optional components may be integrated in Audi drive
select. They are adaptive cruise control, chassis with damping control
and dynamic steering, in which the steering gear ratio is modified as
a function of vehicle speed via a harmonic drive system. At
performance limits in driving through curves, it compensates for
understeer and oversteer by intervening with slight steering pulses.
The Audi Q5 also performs very well on rugged terrain. Its maximum
climbing angle is 31 degrees. The vehicle's approach and departure
angles are each 25 degrees, while its ramp angle is 17 degrees. The
vehicle's ground clearance measures 20 centimeters (7.87 inches).
The Audi Q5 is progressive and sporty, spacious and functional. Its
styling, with a coupe-like roof line and wrap-around tailgate,
visualizes all of these properties and it is now acquiring
distinctive new traits. The interior design of the headlights has been
modified; the LED daytime running lights of the optional xenon plus
units are shaped as curved bands that surround the headlights. Audi
also offers the optional adaptive light with dynamic cornering light
and static turning light.
The horizontal lines of the high-performance SUV's front end are
emphasized more strongly. The high-gloss black Singleframe grille has
beveled upper edges; its vertical chrome struts and the Audi rings
have a sculpted look. The modified bumpers integrate air inlets with
high-gloss black inserts and fog lights with chrome rings.
When xenon plus headlights are ordered, the tail lights are also
designed with a layout of visually uniform LED light bands. The
diffuser insert and the tailpipes that taper at the bottom have been
redesigned in two versions, depending on the engine. Roof rails and
crossbars are standard equipment.
There is a range of 15 colors, including four new colors. As options,
Audi can deliver an S line exterior package or an offroad styling
package; both give the Q5 a unique look with their design details and
the colors of add-on parts.
The updated SUV is 4.63 meters (15.19 feet) long, 1.90 meters (6.23
feet) wide and 1.65 meters (5.41 feet) tall. Its drag coefficient is
0.33 and its frontal area is 2.65 m2 (28.52 square feet); the curb
weight of the base version is 1,755 kg (3,869.11 lb).
The engine hood and trunk lid consist of aluminum, while a large share
of the car's structural elements integrate ultra-high-strength steels;
they reduce weight and improve crash safety. The high-performance
SUV's interior has a solid and highly comfortable look. Audi received
the "Euro Car Body Award" for the Q5 body the most
prestigious award in car design.
The interior of the Audi Q5 has made additional strides in refined
styling. Many of the user controls have narrow chrome trim; the
steering column control stalks, ignition key and instruments were
given subtle modifications. The narrow panels of the center console
are high-gloss black. All steering wheel versions, including versions
with shift paddles, reflect the new Q-specific styling.
The ergonomics have also been fine-tuned. The central media component,
MMI navigation plus, now has four buttons, and its volume dial has an
additional skip function. Other refinements have been made to the
controls for the seat heating, the new highly efficient air
conditioning system, the Audi drive select system and the
multifunction steering wheel.
Extras worthy of special mention are the convenience key, three-zone
automatic air conditioning system and climate-controlled comfort seats
with a ventilation function. The panoramic glass roof also creates a
pleasant atmosphere in the interior.
An uncompromisingly high quality of workmanship is a matter of pride
at Audi. Selections of materials, colors and upholstery fabrics have
been updated three new interior colors, three fabric and three
leather qualities and a total of 35 different combinations offer
plenty of latitude when it comes to customization.
Large fabric-upholstered surfaces are standard on the door trim
panels; inlay options include three wood veneers and one aluminum
The S line sport package offers a black interior; sport seats and
elegant trim components make it even more elegant. The package is
completed by 19-inch wheels with 235/55 tires, a sport suspension and
the exclusive exterior color Daytona Grey, pearl effect. The design
packages, Audi exclusive program and Audi exclusive line offer other
The Audi Q5 is a car with outstanding practical talents when it comes
to recreational and family activities. It offers ample interior space
with a long wheelbase of 2.81 meters (9.22 feet). The seatback angles
can be adjusted on the rear seats. When these seats are folded which
is very easy using the remote seatback unlatching feature the cargo
capacity increases from 540 to 1,560 liters (19.07 to 55.09 cubic
Audi offers an optional rail system for the cargo space, an electric
drive for the tailgate, folding front passenger seatback and rear
seating system with ten centimeters (3.94 inches) of longitudinal
adjustment together with cargo pass-through feature. The Audi Q5 is
also a powerful towing vehicle with up to 2.4 metric tons of trailer
load, depending on the engine and hill incline.
Driver assistance systems
In the updated Q5, the driving is relaxed and carefree in part due
to the highly developed assistance systems from Audi. The driver
information system with rest recommendation is a standard feature. If
the system detects that the driver's attentiveness is waning based
on steering wheel movements and other parameters it recommends that
the driver take a break from driving.
Assuming a central role among the optional assistance systems is
adaptive cruise control. The radar-based cruise control system
controls the distance to the car ahead in traffic; at speeds under 30
km/h (18.64 mph) it can initiate hard braking if it detects an
impending collision. Audi active lane assist can support the driver
with small steering interventions to stay on track in a lane. Audi
side assist monitors the space behind the Q5 to support the driver in
Infotainment systems and Audi connect
Audi offers a broad selection of infotainment systems in the updated
Q5. Positioned at the top: the Bang & Olufsen sound system and MMI
navigation plus with a large hard drive, seven-inch color monitor, 3D
graphics and DVD player. Many system details have been improved, e.g.
voice control and the optional digital radio reception. The system is
a standard feature in the Q5 hybrid quattro, together with the Audi
sound system and color driver information system.
The Bluetooth car phone online perfectly complements MMI navigation
plus. Its integrated WLAN hotspot lets passengers surf the Internet
and email with their mobile devices. For the driver, it brings
customized Audi connect online services into the car, such as Google
Point of Interest search by voice control, navigation with Google
Earth images and Google Street View. Audi traffic information online,
a service of Audi connect, offers the driver up-to-the-minute
information about traffic on the selected route.
Another new feature is the smartphone app Audi music stream. Q5
drivers can use it to receive more than 5,000 Internet radio stations,
and they can save their favorites to their cell phones. The selected
program accesses MMI navigation plus via WLAN, and its audio signal is
output over the audio system loudspeakers. Web radio is also
controlled from the vehicle's user terminal.
Audi Q5 hybrid quattro
The Q5 hybrid quattro, the first hybrid model from Audi, is designed
as a highly efficient parallel hybrid. Propulsive power is supplied by
a 2.0 TFSI with 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque as
well as an electric motor with a peak output of 40 kW (54 hp) and peak
torque of 210 Nm (154.89 lb-ft). Together, the two power sources can
briefly output a system power of 180 kW (245 hp) and a system torque
of 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft).
The Audi Q5 hybrid quattro accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.14
mph) in 7.1 seconds and can reach a top speed of 225 km/h (139.81
mph). In pure electric mode, it can cover up to three kilometers (1.86
miles) at a constant speed of 60 km/h (37.28 mph). In this mode, its
top speed is 100 km/h (62.14 mph), while its combined fuel consumption
is just 6.9 liters per 100 km (34.09 US mpg).
A highly modified eight-speed tiptronic transmission transfers engine
power to the drivetrain without requiring a torque converter; its
mounting space is taken by the electric motor, which is combined with
a multi-plate clutch. The clutch engages and disengages the electric
motor and the TFSI. A compact and lightweight lithium-ion battery
system with 1.3 kWh energy capacity stores electrical energy. A
complex air cooling system maintains battery temperatures within a
The driver switches between the three driving modes with a button and
with the tiptronic gear selection lever. The EV characteristic map
prioritizes the electric drive, while the D mode efficiently controls
both the internal combustion engine and electric motor. The S mode and
the manual shift gate of the tiptronic are configured for a sporty
style of driving.
Within these constraints, the hybrid control module chooses the best
operating mode at any given time. The Audi Q5 hybrid quattro can be
driven with just the TFSI, just the electric drive or in hybrid mode.
It can also recover energy during deceleration, or it can boost output
for powerful acceleration when both drives work together.
Outside, the Audi Q5 hybrid quattro can be recognized by its fully
painted bumpers and by the hybrid-specific ten-arm turbine design of
its wheels. 19-inch wheels are standard; 20-inch wheels are optional.
Inside, special instruments display the hybrid's operating state
such as the powermeter, which replaces the tachometer.
Despite extensive vehicle upgrading and the addition of new features,
the price of the Audi Q5 has barely risen for customers. For example,
the 2.0 TDI with 130 kW (177 hp) costs just 150 euros more than the
previous model with 125 kW (170 hp); its base price is 39,900 euros.
The high-performance SUV will arrive at dealers later this summer.
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