Mid-size SUV gets refresh and a 309bhp SQ5 TDI version
3 April 2012

A 309bhp SQ5 TDI model will spearhead a revised Audi Q5 line-up that’s set to go on sale in the UK from September.

The twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel model, first previewed by the 2009 Q5 Custom Concept, is likely to make its first public appearance at the Le Mans 24Hrs in June. The standard car will be launched at the Paris show in September.

See spy pictures of the new Audi Q5

The stylistic changes to the facelifted Q5 are subtle — aimed, in part, at ensuring solid residuals for the earlier model. The lightly disguised black prototype pictured here wears an optional S-line styling package, complete with 19in wheels. The copper-coloured mule, on the other hand, reveals the new SUV’s standard appearance.

Inside, there’s a new range of steering wheels and new trim applications together with the latest MMI (multi-media interface), bringing it up to the same standard as other recent Audis.

Audi will introduce two new 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesels in place of today’s popular units, kicking out 148bhp and 187bhp.

A smaller supercharged 3.0-litre petrol engine with 272bhp replaces the existing 3.2-litre V6.

Audi is also planning a petrol version of the SQ5 primarily for the US market, powered by an uprated version of the supercharged 3.0-litre V6 and producing 325bhp.

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3 April 2012

That's 4bhp less than the X3 xDrive35d, and I'll bet this Audi won't hold a candle to it. I delivered a mauve Q5 to a customer a while ago, and it has to be one of the worst cars I've ever driven. The 3.0 TDI was noisy and slow (and uneconomical), the ride was awful, the car looked hideous and the interior was cramped.

3 April 2012

[quote Fidji]I delivered a mauve Q5 to a customer a while ago, and it has to be one of the worst cars I've ever driven. The 3.0 TDI was noisy and slow (and uneconomical), the ride was awful, the car looked hideous and the interior was cramped.[/quote]

I begin to guess that you aren't exactly an Audi fan! Not that I like the Q5 but your comments seem a bit too negative to me. I drove a 2.0 tdi a while ago and it wasn't so bad. Not noisy and not cramped. It rode decently. Fast it wasn't with the 2.0 but I expect it can't be slow with the 3.0.

Back to this hot version it's interesting that in Europe we are moving towards diesel choice for these kind of cars while US still loves petrol and beasts like the X5 M sold well there.

3 April 2012

[quote matsoc]Not that I like the Q5 but your comments seem a bit too negative to me.[/quote]

It's just my experience of the car. The worst bit about the particular one I drove was the colour. The one I drove was an S Line and it crashed about like a speedboat. The boat similarities didn't end there...

I wasn't too impressed with the S Tronic gearbox - it gave no correlation between what gear you needed and what gear you were in.

3 April 2012

[quote Fidji]

It's just my experience of the car. The worst bit about the particular one I drove was the colour. The one I drove was an S Line and it crashed about like a speedboat. The boat similarities didn't end there...

I wasn't too impressed with the S Tronic gearbox - it gave no correlation between what gear you needed and what gear you were in.

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All those negative comments about how it drives, yet the worst bit was the colour???

SUVs of any sort are not really my cup of tea (neither is tea, now that I think about it!), but I drove one to Belgium for an Easter holiday a couple of years ago and thought it was fine. It was petrol, from memory, but I didn't notice any of the issues you mentioned. And the colour was fine, too...

3 April 2012

can`t see further than black... as this topic is all but moaning about colors.

seriously, were is the copper one??

towards S-tronic gearboxes, I guess some will choose CVTs has better oness, maybe in a Terios.

3 April 2012

[quote coolboy]towards S-tronic gearboxes, I guess some will choose CVTs has better oness, maybe in a Terios.[/quote]

The problem with a CVT for Audi is that it is not compatible with a variable AWD system. For a CVT to work, you would need a fixed ratio (normally 50:50) front:rear drive. Because the Audi torsen diff can continuously vary the drive to approx. 80% at either end, a CVT won't work and you need a car with fixed gears.

3 April 2012

The 313 BMW figure is ps not bhp ( its the same as the Audi 309 bhp)

The Audi does have 20nm more torque at 650nm - BMW 630nm

I'd say they'd be pretty much the same performance wise- good news is that this may lead the way to a Biturbo A5 coupe !- Now then I would be interested !

4 April 2012

Interesting article in the telegraph today regarding used car prices, apparently the Q5 diesel topped the list in retained value after 3 years @ 72% So whilst I haven't driven one and thus cannot comment on its ride and handling, there must be a whole lot of people that find them desirable and want a used one.

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