Another irresistible piece of craftsmanship that was introduced by Audi in 2008 is the Audi Q5. A mid- sized crossover SUV, this one is larger than the Q3 and smaller than the Q7 and was first unveiled at the 2008 Beijing Auto show. A face lifted version of the Audi Q5 was brought out in 2012 with new engine options and design inlays. Also, an updated Audi Q5 was launched in India in early 2013.
The Audi Q5 comes as a bold and striking machine at the very first cursory glance and then it grows on you as you begin looking for details. The roof rails and the high bonnet give the Audi Q5 a muscular look. The grille in the front and the headlights with new daytime running lamps render stylishness to the front of the car. The interiors are as always plush and comfortable and there is abundant gadgetry distributed in the car to make it a suave choice of vehicle. With a comfortable seating plan and a panoramic sunroof, the space inside the cabin seems larger. A high end music system with USB, Aux and I pod connectivity is installed. Add to it, a large luggage compartment and this wagon seems all set to take you for the ride of a lifetime.
The Audi A5 comes in three powerful variants:
• Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Quattro: Engine type is a 4 cylinder inline petrol engine with direct fuel injection, turbocharging and Audi valvelift system. It produces a power of 165 Kw @ 4500-6200 rpm and a torque of 350 Nm @ 1500-4500 rpm. It comes combined with an 8 speed Tiptronic transmission. This engine comes equipped with a Start/ Stop system that automatically shut the engine when the car comes to a halt (like waiting at traffic signals) and then starts it again when the brake is released. This cuts down CO2 emissions and also helps in fuel efficiency.
• Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Quattro: Engine type is a 4 cylinder inline diesel engine with common rail injection system and turbocharging. It produces a power of 130 Kw @ 4200 rpm and a torque of 380 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm. It comes combined with a 7 speed S tronic Transmission.
• Audi Q5 3.0 TDI Quattro: Engine type is a V6 diesel engine with common rail injection system and turbocharging. It produces a power of 180 Kw @ 4000-4500 rpm and a torque of 580 Nm @ 1400- 3250 rpm. It comes combined with a 7 speed S Tronic Transmission.
The Audi A5 comes in a wide choice of colours to pick from such as Ibis White, Moonlight Blue, Cuvee Silver, Maya Brown, Monsoon Grey and Phantom Black. It is priced between 45.69 lakhs and 56.37 lakhs (Ex showroom price- Delhi) depending on the choice of the variant.
The sturdy Audi Q5 has also been recognised for various attributes in different categories. It was awarded Top Safety Pick by IIHS. The Consumer Guide and Motor Trend also praised the Audi Q5 for its acceleration and fast speed. The Audi Q5 has also been named the Businesscar’s Small 4X4 of the year twice. This vehicle has grown in leaps and bounds in its updated version. It is the perfect vehicle for off-roading and for driving in the city in style. Not just in terms of looks, but also in performance; it poses a serious threat to contenders in its segment.