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Audi Q5 SUV old vs new compared

Audi has pulled the wraps from its all-new Q5 SUV at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. We’ve compared this sharp looking new SUV to the model it replaces to find out exactly what’s changed.

Before the new car goes on sale, many dealers will be keen to clear space in their showrooms and could offer significant discounts on the outgoing model. Check out these great deals using our Audi Q5 configurator or get a better idea how much your new car could cost per month using our PCP calculator.

Audi Q5 old vs new – styling

The new Q5 takes the old model’s stocky body shape and adds a handful of stylish tweaks inspired by its bigger brother, the Q7. Its new hexagonal grille sits between a pair of revised headlights and two larger air intakes.

The numerous chrome slats in the grille now run horizontally rather than vertically – this helps to make the new car look squatter and more planted than its predecessor.

The subtly sculpted sides and tall roofline have been carried over mostly unchanged but a strong crease above the door handles reduces the slab-sidedness of this chunky SUV. A revised rear bumper with new chrome detailing and slightly reshaped brake lights does a good job of making the rear look more sporty than the outgoing car, too.

Audi Q5 old vs new – interior

Step inside the new Q5 and one of the most obvious new features is a large infotainment screen mounted above an all-new centre console. Numerous dark plastics have been replaced by a bright contrasting trim piece that runs the full width of the cabin while the revised control knobs now feature matching chrome highlights and a more paired-back design.

An updated steering wheel and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit instrument display help bring this new SUV’s interior in line with the rest of the German brand’s range. The new car’s airy cabin also benefits from slimmer windscreen pillars than the outgoing car – pulling out of junctions should prove easier than ever.

Audi Q5 old vs new – driving and engines

The new Q5 will be offered with two diesel engines and one petrol unit. Audi claims the new 2.0-litre diesel is significantly more fuel efficient than the equivalent unit fitted to the current Q5 while the upgraded 2.0-litre petrol model develops 27hp more than the current 225hp unit. Drivers looking for a powerful tow car will, however, be better off waiting for the new 3.0-litre diesel V6 version with 286hp and 443lb ft of torque.

The new Q5 is, on average, 90kg lighter than the car it replaces – this will help improve both fuel efficiency and handling. Optional air suspension should help the new car offer better ride quality than the outgoing model, too. A quattro four-wheel-drive system is fitted as standard to all new Q5s while an optional sports differential is available on top-spec V6 diesel cars.

Audi Q5 old vs new – prices and release date

The new Q5 will go on sale in the UK in spring 2017 and is expected to cost approximately the same as the outgoing version. Entry-level Q5 models will be priced from around £35,000 while V6 models could set you back as much as £45,000.

Save money on your new Audi Q5

Dealers keen to make room for this new car in their showrooms may offer large discounts on the current model. View these great carwow deals using our Audi Q5 configurator or check out our PCP calculator to get a better idea how much your new car could cost. If you’re not sure what to buy, our car chooser tool and deals page are here to help.

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