Despite its popularity in the mid-size premium segment for many years, Audi’s newly redesigned Q5 has improved it even further with its updated design.
The Q5 received an upgrade, giving it a sports personality while improving daily usability.
The sharper exterior design emphasizes the Audi Q SUV identity, while the rear light cluster for the first time utilizes OLED technology.
Exterior design: In addition to its unique design language, the Audi Q is even more distinctive.
This refreshed Audi Q5 features a strong Q identity expressing power, robustness, and safety. With the exterior update, Audi designers further enhanced this look and feel with a series of distinctive details.
This time, the hexagonal single-frame appears wider and shallower than before. There are now trapezoidal insets in the side air intakes which were previously rectangular.
The LED headlamps feature a new signature for the daytime running lights in the upper section.
Because of the revamped sill insert, the Q5 now sports a lighter appearance and more ground clearance when viewed from the side. Between the light clusters is a new trim element, and a new diffusor insert with a horizontal fin.
There are two additional design trim lines in addition to the regular trim.
Under the front and rear bumpers of the Advanced model, there are silver guards beneath the under-ride guards instead of black ones.
The S line features a sportier honeycomb structure in the Single-frame and a chrome band framing the rear diffusor. Both Advanced and S line models come with a high-gloss styling kit that adds more distinctive features to the outer appearance of the vehicles with an anodized aluminum roof frame and window slot strips.
District green and super blue are two of the twelve paint colours available. The black look package is offered as an option on the Advanced, S line, and S models, and features black painted portions on the single-frame, side window trim strips, and front and rear bumpers to create dramatic highlights.
Black exterior mirror housings are available for an extra fee, while black roof rails are available at no cost.
The interior design is light and airy, with first-rate quality.
The interior design’s horizontal emphasis creates a sense of spaciousness and lightness. The sculptural, elegant sweep of the trim inlay divides the lower and upper areas of the dashboard, with the new freestanding MMI touch display with acoustic feedback serving as the focal point.
In the centre tunnel, the previous rotary control and push buttons have been replaced by cubby storage. The Audi Q5’s rear lights are the first in the world to include digital OLED technology.
In its updated form, the Q5 features OLED cockpit lighting for the first time.
An OLED generates a homogeneous light surface, making it extremely efficient. With the optional OLED rear light split into three tiles, each of which contains six segments, Audi designers and developers are able to create multiple light designs and signatures from a single item of hardware.
A trademark rear-light animation is available during the arrival and departure of the Audi Q5.
When the Audi drive select mode is set to “dynamic,” the lights change to a new signature.
When the Q5 begins to move, the light signature returns to its former state. The presence of one of the towing assistance systems, such as Adaptive Cruise Control or Active Lane Assist, is a need for the proximity detecting function. Dynamic turn indicators complete the full range of the OLED rear lights.
The Q5 now comes standard with LED headlamps, and matrix LED headlamps are available as an option. Their intelligent, adaptable high beam offers greater safety and convenience without blinding other drivers.
Dimensions and interior space are spacious and variable
Audi’s new Q5 is 19 millimetres longer than its predecessor thanks to wider bumpers. The width and height of the structure remain the same at 1.89 metres (excluding mirrors). 2.82 metres of wheelbase provides a generous interior layout.
The sliding rear seat plus with adjustable backrests is an optional feature that increases luggage capacity from 580 to 1,580 litres. The luggage space ranges from 520 to 1,520 litres with the standard rear bench. A changeable folding floor mat is offered as an option, and the Q5 comes standard with a power tailgate.
The Q5 boasts one of the lightest body shells in the segment thanks to its innovative material combination, and its cd number of 0.30 is among the best-in-class. The cabin is particularly quiet thanks to refined aero-acoustics.
Audi connect, control, and infotainment: first-class connectivity
The third-generation Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB 3) is at the heart of the revised Audi Q5’s new control setup, offering ten times the computing capability of its predecessor, the MIB 2.
Its foundation is a conventional dashboard with a driver information system in the centre. The Audi virtual cockpit, which includes a high-resolution 12.3-inch digital display with three alternative graphic layouts and is optionally available with the Technology package, is at the top of the range.
Drivers use the multifunction steering wheel to control the displays. Audi models now come standard with the smartphone interface. There’s also a head-up display option.
The Q5 is equipped with a 10.1-inch MMI touch display as standard equipment. Having flat hierarchies and a menu structure makes the system extremely user-friendly, and it supports free text searching. Drivers have the option of entering characters manually or using voice control, which understands frequent words and phrases.
Audi Connect online services connect the Audi Q5 to the internet, traffic infrastructure, and other Audi products. In addition to satellite imagery, traffic forecasts are available through the navigation system.
The car-to-x services provided by Audi Connect make driving even more enjoyable by helping with things like finding parking spaces or guiding travellers to destination information (e.g. trading times).
The myAudi app connects the user’s smartphone to the car and provides a suite of convenience and safety functions on the go.=
A wide assortment of personal settings – from frequently used navigation destinations, seating positions, to preferred air-conditioning levels – can be saved in six user profiles, adding to additional driver convenience.
Driveline: powerful performance, low emissions
The upgraded premium SUV comes to the market in South Africa in two engine offerings.
The Audi Q5 40 TDI.
Its powerful two-litre four-cylinder diesel generates 140 kW and 400 Nm of torque.
The Audi Q5 40 TDI accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds.
The second engine in the range is the Audi Q5 45 TFSI.
Its 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI engine generates 183 kW and 370 Nm of torque.
The Audi Q5 45 TFSI accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds.
The mild hybrid system (MHEV) available on this model contributes to the low fuel consumption.
A belt-driven starter/generator (BSG) supplies the 12-volt vehicle electrical system, which incorporates a compact lithium-ion battery.
The BSG recuperates braking energy and stores it in the battery.
The MHEV system enables the Audi Q5 45 TFSI to coast with the engine off, and allows for start-stop mode at speeds below 22 km/h.
Overall, this results in a fuel-efficiency improvement of approximately 0.3 litres per 100 kilometres.
Both models are powered by a seven-speed S tronic that sends the engine power to the quattro all-wheel drive with ultra-technology, which also contributes to efficiency.
In normal operation, it sends all the power to the front wheels.
If all-wheel drive becomes necessary, e.g. in slippery conditions or during dynamic driving, two clutches connect the rear wheels to the driveline in fractions of a second – in many situations, this happens predictively.
In terms of traction and performance, the system leaves nothing to be desired.
The running gear: even more comfort and agility.
Both sporty and comfortable – the well-balanced running gear is a great strength of the Audi Q5.
The multi-link suspension front and rear is exceptionally lightweight, thus improving not only handling, but also efficiency.
Available as an option for the Q5 is Audi’s dynamic steering, which varies its ratio by up to 100 percent in accordance with speed and steering angle.
The Audi Q5 runs as standard on 19-inch alloy wheels with an option to upgrade to 20-inch wheels.
Sporty, powerful, and efficient: the SQ5 TFSI
Even sharper, sportier, and more efficient: The optimized Audi SQ5 TFSI now looks even more impressive with a powerful stance and striking details that give it an even more rugged appearance.
The standard equipment on the Audi SQ5 includes quattro with self-locking centre differential, red brake calipers with “S” lettering, sports suspension system with damper control, S model bumpers in full paint finish, “S” emblem detailing, Audi connect navigation & infotainment, Audi virtual cockpit Plus, Audi smartphone interface, MMI Navigation plus with MMI touch, rear view camera system, interior accent surfaces painted in glossy black, decorative inserts in matte brushed aluminium, fine Nappa leather.
Market introduction and pricing
The new Audi Q5 range will officially go on sale in South Africa on 1 September 2021 and is priced as follows (inclusive of all taxes) and comes standard with a five-year Audi Freeway Plan:
Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro R852,000
Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro Advanced R871,000
Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro S line R897,000
Audi Q5 45 TFSI quattro S line R947,000
Audi SQ5 TFSI quattro R1,208,000