The Audi Q5 is a new kind of SUV: it combines the dynamism of a sports sedan with an impressively versatile interior and a wide range of practical features for leisure and family use. Powerful, efficient engines, quattro permanent all-wheel drive and an agile suspension layout form an impressive technological package for on-road and off-road use. Highlights such as the innovative S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the driving dynamics system Audi drive select are the evidence that substantiates the Q5's claim to Vorsprung durch Technik. The sportiest SUV in its class, it is dynamic, multifunctional and comfortable.
Audi is creating a new market segment: the Audi Q5, the new performance SUV, combines the dynamism of a sports sedan with an impressively versatile interior and multiple talents aimed at leisure and family use. Three powerful, efficient engines, quattro permanent all-wheel drive and an agile suspension layout form an impressive technological package for on-road and off-road use. The innovative seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and the driving dynamics system Audi drive select are among the other highlights.
The Audi Q5 is the sports car in the SUV category and the perfect car for an active lifestyle – it is progressive and dynamic, spacious, multifunctional and comfortable. It will be appearing in the fourth quarter of 2008 at a starting price of EUR 38,300.
The proportions: new configuration
The Audi Q5 is 4.63 meters (15.19 ft) long and 1.88 meters (6.17 ft) wide, but only 1.65 meters (5.41 ft) high, giving it the sportiest proportions in its market category. Its drag coefficient of just 0.33 also represents a top figure for its category. The Q5's design is elegant and sculptural – typically for Audi, which is the leading brand in this domain. The large single-frame grill dominates the front end, and the headlamps can be supplied with xenon plus bulbs and LED daytime running lights as options, in which case the rear lights also feature LED technology.
The side view is dominated by large wheels and rising lines; the elegant roof contour, crowned by flat roof rails, accentuates the Audi Q5's slim, coupe-like appearance. The wraparound tailgate, like the front lid, is made from lightweight aluminum. There are three versions to choose from for the exterior add-on parts – black (standard), color-contrasting, or in the body color. Then there are two body packages. The S line exterior package creates an even sportier look, while the offroad style package has a more gritty look thanks to the underbody guard at the front and rear, and 19-inch wheels.
The wheelbase of 2.81 meters (9.22 ft), the best figure in the segment, means that there is abundant space on board the Audi Q5. The seats are ergonomically shaped and of a flexible design. The angle of the rear seat backs can be adjusted and they can be laid flat very easily – it suffices to operate the release catches in the cargo area so that they can be folded down onto the seat cushions. This increases the cargo capacity from 540 to 1,560 liters (19.07 to 55.09 cubic ft), and there is a second storage compartment beneath its floor panel. There is a load guard as standard, and a cargo-securing kit, a dirt-resistant tray and electric drive for the tailgate are available as options.
The Q5 is a performance SUV that is a highly talented all-rounder for sport, leisure and family use. As an option Audi can supply the rear bench seat plus, which can be adjusted longitudinally by 100 millimeters (3.94 in) and incorporates a load-through hatch. There is also the option of a folding seat back for the front passenger's seat. The Audi Q5 comes with an array of factory-fitted storage compartments and power sockets; a climate-controlled cup holder (option) keeps drinks cool or warm. Another ingenious detail is the fixing point in the front passenger's footwell, to which various storage facilities can be secured.
Out in front: the safety equipment
The body of the Audi Q5 contains a high proportion of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel components. These reduce weight and at the same time improve crash safety, rigidity and vibrational behavior – the impression created by the performance SUV is of an utterly robust, comfortable and quiet car. On the front seats the belt force limiters and airbags combine in a new, particularly intelligent way.
Inside, the Q5 presents a variation on Audi's clear, elegant design language. The cockpit has a bias towards the driver; its controls can be operated with intuitive ease and the build quality entertains no compromises, as is customary in an Audi. Choice materials such as aluminum, wood, chrome, leather and Alcantara lend the interior even greater appeal.
The electromechanical parking brake, the intelligent key, the automatic air conditioning and the display in the instrument cluster are standard; on the Audi Q5 2.0 TDI with manual transmission, the display shows the correct gear as a recommendation for efficient driving. A large central monitor is also standard on all models. If the car is fitted with MMI navigation plus, many of the operating functions are grouped together in the MMI terminal on the center tunnel. This best-in-market operating system has entered a new generation – its operation via the large rotary/pushbutton control is now even more intuitive.
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