Audi New Q5

High-performance SUV with many talents – the updated Audi Q5

The top-selling Audi model in Brunei for the last three years (over 140 units sold since 2009 introduction) now gets a new facelift and a new 2.0 TFSI engine- more efficient, less CO2 emissions yet increased power.

What’s new? At a glance-

  • Audi Singleframe with vertical chrome trims on grilles
  • Headlights + new LED strip
  • Bonnet
  • Bumper + new air inlet & chrome trims on fog lights
  • Chrome side strips below the doors
  • 19” star design 5-arm wheel
  • Rear lights + new LED layout
  • Tailpipes- chrome trimmed rounded off at bottom
  • Diffuser – sportier look

  • Refined interior + inlays--­
  • New gear shifter
  • More chrome trims on buttons
  • New steering wheel (3-spoke Q design)
  • New instrument cluster on the driver dashboard display
  • Including:
  • Driver information system with rest recommendation

New 2.0 TFSI engine
  • 7 kg weight reduction compared with previous engine
  • Lowered CO2 emissions but increased power and efficiency- More power, less fuel
  • Including Audi valvelift system for improved combustion chamber charging and more efficient combustion
  • 10 kW more output than the predecessor model, for more driving pleasure
  • Innovative thermal management enables operating temperature to be attained more quickly (engine warms-up faster)

Previous model                                                                                          new model
Engine output:                   155kW                                                      165kW                   +10kW
Horsepower:                                    211hp                                                                        225hp                   +14hp
Fuel consumption:                  8.6 l/100km                                                      7.9 l/100km                   -0.7 l/100km
CO2 emissions:                  199 g/km                                                      184 g/km                  -15 g/km

Audi Brunei is introducing the updated Q5 with the new 2.0 TFSI which outputs 165 kW (225 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque.
Key performance data: zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.1 seconds, top speed 222 km/h (137.94 mph), combined fuel consumption of 7.9 litres per 100 km (29.77 US mpg). Although this new engine has enhanced performance, its fuel consumption values were reduced by up to 8 % compared to the previous model engine.

The updated engine also features state-of-the-art technology with numerous innovations such the control of valves and their stroke, innovative thermal management (engine warm-up is faster), the fuel injection system, turbocharger and integration of the exhaust manifold in the cylinder head.

The 75 litre (19.81 US gallon) fuel tank enables driving ranges of up to 1,400 km (870 miles). That’s equivalent of a BSB drive to Kuching and back with 100 km to spare.

The updated Q5 has an optimal transmission system featuring the highly convenient eight-speed tiptronic.

The transmissions are integrated in the innovative thermal management system of the four-cylinder versions, a system that significantly shortens the warm-up phase after a cold start. All transmissions have wide gear spreads – the long gear ratios in the upper gears reduce fuel consumption, while the short gear ratios of the lower gears improve dynamic performance in highway driving.

The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system is standard. Normally, the center differential distributes engine power to the rear and front axle at a ratio of 60:40, but it can redistribute the power at lightning speed when necessary. The torque vectoring system finishes its job with finely tuned brake interventions.

The chassis of the Audi Q5 – with its five-link front suspension and trapezoidal-link rear suspension – adds new refinement and comfort in the characteristics of the springs, shock absorbers and stabilizers. The new electro­mechanical power steering system gives the driver a better feel for the road with direct gearing. The system – which adjusts its power assist to vehicle speed – does not consume any energy in straight-line driving, reducing fuel consumption by about 0.2 litres per 100 km.

The Q5 comes with new 19-inch aluminium wheels 5-arm ‘star’ design. The electromechanical parking brake is supplemented with the Audi hold assist which enables driving away from an uphill parked position without ‘rollback’ and the hill descent function controls vehicle speed on steep descents. Electronic stabilization control (ESC) adapts its interventions to characteristics of the road surface.

Another high-end feature in the Audi Q5 is the Audi drive select system. It lets the driver vary the characteristic of the accelerator pedal, the shift points of the automatic transmission, amount of power steering assist and operation of the automatic air conditioning system via three modes: auto, dynamic and comfort.

The Audi Q5 also performs very well on rugged terrain. Its maximum climbing angle is 31 degrees. The vehicle’s approach and departure angles are each 25 degrees, while its ramp angle is 17 degrees. The vehicle’s ground clearance measures 20 centimetres (7.87 inches).

Exterior styling
The interior design of the headlights has been modified; the LED daytime running lights of the xenon plus units are shaped as curved bands that surround the headlights. The adaptive light with dynamic cornering light and static turning light is included for the Brunei model.

The horizontal lines of the high-performance SUV’s front end are emphasized more strongly. The new high-gloss black Singleframe grille has beveled upper edges; its vertical chrome struts and the Audi rings have a sculpted look. The modified bumpers integrate air inlets with high-gloss black inserts and fog lights with new chrome rings.

The tail lights are also re-designed with a layout of visually uniform LED light bands. The diffuser insert and the tailpipes that taper at the bottom have been redesigned. Roof rails are standard equipment.

There is a range of 15 colours, including four new colours. As options, Audi can deliver an S line exterior package or an off-road styling package; both give the Q5 a unique look with their design details and the colours of add-on parts.

The engine hood and trunk lid consist of aluminium, while a large share of the car’s structural elements integrate ultra-high-strength steels; they reduce weight and improve crash safety. The high-performance SUV’s interior has a solid and highly comfortable look. Audi received the “Euro Car Body Award” for the Q5 body in 2008– the most prestigious award in car design.

The interior of the Audi Q5 has made additional strides in refined styling. Many of the user controls have narrow chrome trim; the steering column control stalks, ignition key and instruments were given subtle modifications. The narrow panels of the center console are high-gloss black. All steering wheel versions, including versions with shift paddles, reflect the new Q-specific styling.

The ergonomics have also been fine-tuned. refinements have been made to the controls for the new highly efficient air conditioning system, the Audi drive select system and the multifunction steering wheel.

An uncompromisingly high quality of workmanship is a matter of pride at Audi. Selections of materials, colours and upholstery fabrics have been updated – three new interior colours, three fabric and three leather qualities and a total of 35 different combinations offer plenty of latitude when it comes to customization.

Large fabric-upholstered surfaces are standard on the door trim panels; inlay options include three wood veneers and one aluminium version.

The Audi Q5 is a car with outstanding practical talents when it comes to recreational and family activities. It offers ample interior space with a long wheelbase of 2.81 meters (9.22 feet). The seatback angles can be adjusted on the rear seats. When these seats are folded – this is very easy using the remote seatback unlatching feature – the cargo capacity increases from 540 to 1,560 litres (19.07 to 55.09 cubic feet).

Audi offers a rail system for the cargo space, an electric open/closing for the tailgate, folding front passenger seatback and rear seating system with ten centimetres (3.94 inches) of longitudinal adjustment together with cargo pass-through feature. The Audi Q5 is also a powerful towing vehicle with up to 2.4 metric tons of trailer load, depending on the engine and hill incline.

Driver assistance systems
In the updated Q5, the driving is relaxed and carefree – in part due to the highly developed assistance systems from Audi. The driver information system with rest recommendation is a standard feature. If the system detects that the driver’s attentiveness is waning – based on steering wheel movements and other parameters – it recommends that the driver take a break from driving.

Audi side assist monitors the space (especially blind spots) behind the Q5 to support the driver in safely changing lanes.

Infotainment systems
Audi offers a broad selection of infotainment systems in the updated Q5. Positioned at the top: the Bang & Olufsen sound system and MMI, seven-inch colour monitor, 6-cd changer and SDHC card reader. Many system details have been improved, e.g. voice control and the optional digital radio reception.

Best Local SUV & Offroader - “Best Cars 2013” reader poll, China edition of “auto motor und sport”

Auto Trophy 2012 Winner in “SUVs over 30,000 euros” category – voted by over 100,000 readers of “AutoZeitung”

5 full-stars grading: Euro NCAP 2009

Euro Car Body Award 2008

Outsold the BMW X3 (core competitor) in its CC segment consecutively in 2010 & 2011 in Brunei