There is a new Audi Q5 SUV on the horizon, and its up to 15 percent more economical than the outgoing model, thanks to a range of new, or revised, engines.
The rest of the changes are more subtle, and are limited to tweaks rather than a complete redesign; are they enough to keep the Q5 near the top of the pile?
Audi say that the exterior changes are subtle and they are. Only hard-core Q5 fans will notice the re-designed headlights and daytime running LEDs. Adaptive lights that turn with the steering wheel are available as an option.
The front grille now has a bevelled edge and the chrome Audi rings and vertical struts on it are now sculptured. The front bumper has been tweaked and the exhaust pipes are different. See, very subtle
Customers can choose from 15 different colours, four of which are new to the Q5 range.
The interior gets more chrome, the steering wheel is now a Q-specific design and the Q5s key, instruments, and control stalks have been altered and improved.
The Multi Media Interfaces (MMI) controls have been simplified too, making it easier to use on the move, while technophiles will appreciate internet access via its own Wi-Fi hotspot including Google Earth linked to the sat-nav, internet radio channels, and on-line traffic information.
There is also a neat Driver's Information System that monitors the drivers behaviour and suggests a rest stop if it thinks that theyre getting tired. Clever, eh?
Three trim levels are available: SE, S line and S line plus. All include alloy wheels, leather upholstery, air-conditioning, the Driver's Information System, MMI with 6.5-inch colour screen, parking assist, light and rain sensors, hill descent, and split/folding rear seats.
Four engines will be available in the UK, all of which are either new or heavily revised in the quest to make them more fuel-efficient. As a result all have forced-induction, start-stop, electromechanical steering, and
There are two diesel engines; a 2.0-litre TDI with 175bhp and 280lb ft of torque, a 3.0-litre V6 TDI with 241bhp and 427lb ft, capable of 47.1mpg and 44.1mpg respectively. The V6 will power the Q5 from rest to 62mph in 6.5 seconds, helped by the standard seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch gearbox, and go on to a top speed of 140mph.
Petrol-lovers are catered for with a 2.0-litre TFSI with 221bhp and 258lb ft and a 3.0-litre TFSI that develops 268bhp and 295lb ft, with the bigger engine giving a 0-62mph time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 145mph.
Neither is, of course, as economical as the diesel models, but will still return 37.2mpg and 33.2mpg.
The four-cylinder cars get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the 3.0-litre TFSI quattro gets the eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission.
All models will also have quattro four-wheel-drive as standard at launch.
Prices start at 33,400 on the road.
Customers can order their cars from the end of May.
UK customers wont be able to get their hands on one of the new Q5s until October, but while the revisions might be subtle they do make the car a more appealing prospect and might be enough to slip it in front of the BMW X3, which currently has the highest carwow score in this class.
If youre in the market for one then its probably best to hang on until then unless you can negotiate a decent discount on one of the remaining old models!
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