Audi Q5 restyled, a rolling machine

TURBO broadcast – Test: you have to isolate yourself, it seems. It’s very trendy: to reduce human contact to the strict minimum. Even if it means withdrawing from the world, you might as well confine yourself finely and choose your hole carefully. Right in the middle of the Causses for example, in the Cévennes?

There, we will be fine. Almost 800 km to the Cirque de Navacelles, on the borders of Hérault and Gard. It remains to find a travel tool. Here, things happened on the side of the Audi Q5, precisely. That should do the trick. Just overhauled and slightly modernized. We would have almost forgotten: the Q5 is so widespread that we come across it everywhere without even noticing it.


The Q5 is the ultimate chic family SUV. It’s comfortable, refined. On the other hand, the competition is tough. BMW X3, Volvo XC60. So this restyling is an opportunity to get back to the page while maintaining its qualities. History of calmly approaching the second part of his career. And that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

It’s quite simple: just behind its little brother Q3, the Q5 is the best-selling Audi model in Europe. Under these conditions, no question of pushing anything, but for once, the restyling is visible.

Not quite another, not really the same. We don’t really know what has changed, but we can see that it is more modern. Are you looking for the differences? Me too. But if we put the old next to it, it’s more obvious. Front panel, optics… Audi designers haven’t worn out their pencils much. Still the same silhouette, slender. It pleases, that’s the main thing.

On board, it’s the same idea: more digital, in tune with the times. The screen is bigger, more tactile, and the cockpit is still neat. Without fantasy, classic, Audi. There is also something new on the engine side: two plug-in hybrids, with around sixty km in electric. Great, if the use lends itself to it. This is for the facade, for the green deposit. In practice, if it is a question of stringing kilometers of road in packages of a thousand, the reality on the ground is a little different.

On the road

Whether we like it or not, it will not appeal to everyone: the Diesel remains king, the most appropriate, for an SUV of this weight and this size. Our trial version, 40 TDI is the best-selling of the range. 4 cylinders of 204 hp, pleasant, sufficiently energetic. But as soon as you find yourself on a somewhat demanding route, it is the vital minimum.

There is bigger: up to 340 hp for the SQ5, almost sporty. But it is much more expensive, and ours is already not cheap. 55,000 euros minimum, with this engine. At least he knows how to handle the pump.

Almost became a bad word, a little scary: Diesel! Certainly, but with micro-hybridization. Like all Audi engines, and also among other manufacturers, it is becoming widespread. So a small share of electricity, to support the stimulus and promote the freewheeling phases. Imperceptible in use, it is transparent and quite effective at the pump. A few grappled goblets of diesel, and the grams that go with it. Nothing is lost, nothing is created, everything is transformed.

Thank you, Mr Lavoisier. Alas! This basic principle of physics does not allow the Q5 to escape our national penalty. Just enough to limit breakage. After all, with gasoline it would have been a lot worse. And then, with a simple 4-cylinder TDI, a full tank will suffice for the journey back to real life, its pandemic and its masks. As late as possible: seriously, this feeling of living permanently with a coffee filter on your nose, it’s starting to do well.

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