The Audi Q5 is a mid-range premium SUV with loads of house for 5 folks and their baggage. With the TFSI e although, it’s additionally attempting to be a little bit friendlier to the planet because of its plug-in hybrid motor.
It means you’ll be able to drive the Audi Q5 as a completely electrical automobile (EV) throughout brief journeys, lowering petrol consumption (and value) and dangerous emissions. For longer journeys – and once you wanted a lift of energy – the petrol engine can step in to ship a robust punch.
The Audi Q5 55 TFSI e begins at $52,900 / £49,735, nonetheless we drove the quattro S Line Competitors mannequin, with a bunch of extras on it (together with the consolation and sound pack, parking help pack and tour pack), which introduced the whole as much as £61,805 (round $80,000).
It’s not low cost then, with the value tag transferring it out of the vary for a lot of households, however for these households and enterprise folks that may afford the Audi Q5, you’re going to love what you discover.
Audi Q5 TFSI e design and drive
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Audi Q5 55 TFSI e quattro S line Competitors
Engine: 2.Zero TFSI four-cylinder
0-62mph: 5.Three seconds
Prime pace: 148mph
Gasoline effectivity: 108.6mpg
EV vary: 26 miles
The Audi Q5 is an effective wanting automobile. It follows the design of Audi’s premium saloons, with a contoured hood and huge grill giving it a robust stance.
Open the door and slide inside, and also you’ll recognize the experience peak of the Q5. Not too excessive as to show difficult to enter and exit, however excessive sufficient to offer a wonderful view of the highway forward. The truth is, visibility is sweet all spherical, with giant home windows and loads of cameras to information you within the areas you’ll be able to’t see – however extra on these later.
Permit the door to shut and the sound-proofing is immediately recognizable. The cabin is spacious, snug and quiet. Even when travelling at pace, the Audi Q5 does a superb job of deadening exterior sounds and highway noise, offering a extra enjoyable driving expertise.
The seats present ample assist, and in addition to being heated, on this mannequin in addition they embrace a therapeutic massage operate. A small round dial on the aspect of the 2 entrance seats (sorry rear-seat passengers, no heating or therapeutic massage capabilities for you) lets you management the placement, kind and depth of therapeutic massage. Initially we discovered the controls a little bit difficult, and we needed to examine the guide to fully perceive what was required of us.
There are three differing kinds to select from; wave, stretch and knead, every with three ranges of depth to pick. It’s a luxurious characteristic, however one which works nicely and was welcome on our lengthy drives.
Hit the highway and the Audi Q5 cruises comfortably round city, and is easy to shift on highways. The beginning/cease motor and computerized digital parking brake which activate once you come to a cease offers some good petrol saving and the safety that you just gained’t roll ahead for those who raise your foot off the brake.
Press the accelerator and the engine springs again to life and the parking brake releases itself, permitting you to tug away with none fuss.
The seven pace computerized gearbox works nicely, with easy adjustments and little or no lag between you urgent the pedal and energy being offered to all wheels. If you happen to’d like guide management over gear shifts, you’ll be able to decide to make use of the paddle-shifters mounted simply behind the wheel. They don’t get in the way in which of driving, however are equally simple to achieve when required.
Actually put your foot down, and regardless of the Audi Q5 being a mid-size SUV, it will get going at a wholesome price, with a 0-62mph time of simply 5.Three seconds. It’s spectacular, and means you’ll be able to rise up to hurry shortly and simply, with out feeling uncontrolled.
That is doable because of the mix of petrol and electrical energy within the hybrid engine, however you don’t at all times need to burn fossil fuels to get round within the Audi Q5.
Audi Q5 TFSI e charging and EV mode
As we talked about in the beginning, the Audi Q5 has the flexibility to drive as a completely electrical automobile. There’s a button on the middle console – cleverly labeled ‘EV’ – which you’ll be able to press to enter this all-electric mode.
There are a few limitations, nonetheless. First up, you’ll have to plug the Q5 right into a charging station to prime the battery up – the automobile isn’t in a position to replenish the battery (positioned on the rear of the automobile, below the trunk ground) by itself.
Plugging it into a typical three-pin UK residential socket and we had been round 11 hours for a full cost. That’s hardly speedy, however for those who discover a public charging station, Audi additionally offers a quick charging cable to prime up at these, permitting you to chop that point down from hours to minutes.
You’ll be able to at all times set up a quicker charger at your property too, though you might need to keep on with in a single day charging from a typical socket.
That’s as a result of the Audi Q5’s battery solely has a variety of round 26 miles (relying in your driving type and highway situations). It’s not shocking, as usually most plug-ins provide this type of all-electric vary.
What it does present is sufficient distance to pop to the outlets, do the varsity run or, for those who’re fortunate, commute to work and again with out utilizing any gasoline.
Lastly, when in EV mode the highest pace is proscribed to 84mph, whereas acceleration additionally takes successful, with the 0-62mph time dropping to 14.Three seconds. Contemplating its brief vary, that’s not likely a difficulty because it’s design for metropolis driving.
Audi Q5 TFSI e specs and tech
The Audi Q5 TFSI e we acquired our fingers on got here totally laden with tech from extra customary fare equivalent to local weather management, auto wipers and lights, and adaptive cruise management to good lane help, wi-fi telephone charging, a number of cameras across the automobile and a few sizable shows.
The primary show, positioned on the prime of the central console was vibrant, clear and colourful, nonetheless it’s not a touchscreen. As an alternative you must use the round dial, sitting simply in entrance of the gear shift, to navigate across the display.
Its rotating bezel lets you cycle via menus and lists, it clicks in to pick and you may transfer it in 4 instructions (up, down, left, proper) to open up extra menus or to return.
There’s additionally a contact pad in entrance of that, with core buttons equivalent to menu and again, for individuals who discover the press wheel a little bit an excessive amount of. After a brief little bit of observe we picked up the controls and had been in a position to enter navigation addresses, choose radio stations and alter numerous automobile settings with ease.
The second show is behind the steering wheel, and takes up your entire house of the instrument cluster. This isn’t the first time we’ve come across Audi’s 12.3-inch digital cockpit show, and we’re nonetheless huge followers.
The default show is 2 giant instrument gauges left and proper, with a map within the center. Nevertheless, click on the ‘View’ button on the steering wheel and the gauges shrink into the corners of the show, supplying you with a full-width map view.
Use the arrow keys on the wheel and you may skip between the map navigation, audio choose, your telephone’s name listing (if related through Bluetooth) and numerous automobile data screens. It’s intuitive, characteristic wealthy and nice to have a look at.
Switching focus again to the primary show, and there’s DAB digital radio and the choice to play audio out of your smartphone through Bluetooth – nonetheless you will get deeper integration than that.
Plug your telephone into the seen (and illuminated) USB port, and also you’ll be capable to use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the Audi Q5. This offers you entry to your handset’s maps and navigation app (equivalent to Apple Maps and Google Maps), in addition to different apps together with Spotify, iMessage and WhatsApp.
That mentioned, the inventory navigation constructed into the Q5 is superb. It makes use of Google Maps, offers you with three route choices to select from for many journeys and comes with dwell visitors updates so offer you correct arrival occasions.
If you happen to’re lucky sufficient to have a contemporary smartphone which helps wi-fi charging you’ll be able to place it on the charging pad which slides out from below the central armrest for cable-free charging (there’s a second USB port and an AUX port below the armrest too).
A pleasant contact on the Q5 is once you park up and open the motive force’s door, a voice reminds you to take your telephone from the charging pad, so that you don’t depart it within the automobile.
While you’re stopped (or caught in visitors) you’ll be able to dive into the menu of Audio’s MMI infotainment system and get dwell climate and information bulletins – a useful solution to move the time when you wait.
Audio – be it navigation directions, a podcast or music – sounds improbable because of the Bang and Olufsen sound system within the Audi Q5, which features a highly effective subwoofer for deep bass.
One other tech-inclusion we discovered helpful was the a number of cameras all the way in which across the Q5. Put the automobile in reverse and also you’ll be proven two digicam views – one shot of behind the bar and one other birds-eye-view from above, which makes use of all of the cameras to offer you a 360 diploma view across the automobile. It ensures you gained’t miss any low obstacles, and allows you to examine you’re contained in the traces of your parking bay.
There’s a entrance going through digicam too, and an array of parking sensors to offer you all of the visible and audible warnings required to not put a dent within the Q5.
If you happen to can afford it (and that’s an ask for many), the Audi Q5 TFSI e offers a wonderful, premium expertise. It’s snug, quiet, spacious, highly effective and laden with tech to maintain you protected, make your drive simpler and easily entertain you.
The addition of the plug-in hybrid engine makes it a little bit simpler on the pockets in the case of operating prices, to not point out the surroundings, and the EV mode is nice for brief journeys.
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