Taking over from a model that consistently topped sales in the luxury compact SUV segment both here and overseas, the all-new Q5 plays a critical role in the Audi lineup. The first-generation Q5 was such a runaway success that it had outsold the quintessential Audi, the A4, in many markets. Even late in its life cycle, the Q5 was still among the fastest-moving models on Audi showroom floors. This could very well explain the extended nine-year production run of the Q5. Furthermore, the Audi engineers and designers had to make sure that the second-generation Q5 continued the previous model’s winning formula.
“This car is setting the bar higher for SUVs in its class,” said Audi Philippines head Benedicto Coyiuto. “I believe it will continue to be the best-selling luxury compact SUV here in the Philippines.”
Quite understandably, the all-new Q5 carries over much of the previous Q5’s exterior styling cues. The two generations of Q5s have very similar taillights, side profiles, and overall shapes that the new Q5 could easily be mistaken as a mere mid-cycle facelift instead of a full model change. The one area where the second-gen Q5 departs from its predecessor’s styling is in the front-end, which now sports an eye-catching hexagonal grille and headlights reminiscent of those on the Audi Q7 flagship SUV.
The Q5 has practically grown in all dimensions, but thanks to extensive use of high-tensile steel and
Audi Philippines offers the new Q5 in base Design, mid-level Premium, and range-topping S line variants that all come with two engine choices: a 2.0-liter TDI turbodiesel engine and a 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged direct-injection gas engine. Both engines are mated to a seven-speed S Tronic transmission. The TDI engine developing 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque
The big story, however, is in the
The inside story
One of the most notable changes to the interior is the fully digital instrument panel that Audi calls a “virtual cockpit.” This instrument panel does away with any mechanical
Whether it is the driver or front passenger configuring the Bang & Olufsen audio system, the smartphone interface, the adaptive air suspension, or the ambient lighting, getting the right setting should be a breeze. The standard multi-function infotainment system with haptic feedback comes with an 8.3-inch display mounted on the dashboard, a touchpad that recognizes common digital device touchscreen inputs using fingers, and a rotary dial.
Audi says that the Bang & Olufsen audio system creates a 3D sound experience via an additional spatial dimension of height. With the rear seat backrests folded, cargo space has increased slightly to 610
The new Audi Q5 was given a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program).