The current Audi Q5 is far from being outdated, but its four years of existence and serious rivals in the premium SUV niche have gradually relegated it to the rank of second knife. To stay in the race, the reshuffle at the end of 2020, quite complete, is not limited to a new grille. Modernized engines and equipment aim to maintain his talents as a comfortable traveler.
The second-generation Audi Q5 has been quiet lately. Everything is relative: its success has simply worn off since its arrival in early 2017, and it remains one of the most widely distributed Audi in the world. The best-selling Rings model in the United States, and one of the most widely distributed in Europe, behind the A3 and its little brother Q3 … The Q5, on the other hand, suffers from tough competition. The BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Volvo XC60 are doing wonderfully and, more marginal, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio or Lexus NX have also been able to grab some customers.
Like the current Audi A4, with which it shares the platform, also redesigned a little over a year ago, the restyling of the Q5 is relatively notable. The general appearance remains the same, but its facies has been completely redesigned: the grille is much wider, like the more recent models in the Audi range, and the contours of the headlights are redesigned (the rear gains OLED lights by the way, with the scrolling indicator). Just enough to justify calling it “novelty”, shall we say … but at least the restyling is visible and is not confined to two lines of chrome.
Typical Audi, old school
The design of the Q5 is not new … which is rather a good thing in terms of finish and build quality, in accordance with the standards which have made the reputation of the brand. Not that the current Audi is wobbly, but just like the A4 from which it derives, the Q5 dates back to a time when there was less emphasis on economy or the thickness of materials. There, it’s tough, massive, a little austere in the design, but reassuring. Obviously, those nostalgic for the indestructible Audi of the 90s and early 2000s will find fault.
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This also applies to ergonomics and the technology on board. On this point, it obviously cannot receive the state-of-the-art assistance of an A6 or A8, but the Q5 had the good idea to keep real buttons for ventilation, for example. On the other hand, the central dial has disappeared, in favor of a large central screen now touch-sensitive. Not so complicated in its menus, but now you have to reach out and more often take your eyes off the road to navigate the different functions. All-touch is all the rage, but when it comes to automotive advancement, the best is often the enemy of the good.
Finally, the Q5 retains its strengths as a welcoming family traveler. The rear seats are large, the bench slides in two parts and the trunk is very straight. Not gigantic (550 l, its volume is average) but easy to operate. Its capacity increases to 620 l, bench seat advanced to the maximum, but the legroom logically loses.
Hybrid or Diesel, for all tastes
The range of engines has been considerably revised. The main novelties concern the arrival of two PHEV hybrids (actually launched shortly before the restyling), strong of 299 and 367 ch and allowing about sixty kilometers in electric. Interesting as long as you use it appropriately, as always.
This will displease some, but Diesel remains the most consistent fuel for this type of vehicle. An SUV is big, heavy, intended for long motorway stages … the optimal playground for diesel, therefore. Our 40 TDI test model is the best-selling model in the Q5 range. This well-known 2-liter TDI 204 hp offers the services of a micro-hybridization. Just like most current Audi heat engines, moreover (48V for the V6, 12V for the 4 cylinders as here).
The system, composed of an alternator-starter, is imperceptible in use. It simply aims to maximize freewheeling at a stabilized speed, or to support starting in particular. Rather efficient at the pump, with 7.5 l recorded on our test … but not enough to escape our government penalty. This engine is approved at 167 g / km in the basic configuration, i.e. a minimum penalty of € 2,544. Too bad, because the 40 TDI is certainly the engine best suited to the Q5: performance is good (0 to 100 km / h in 7.6 s), the revivals are sufficiently muscular (400 Nm) to take the Quattro and its 1,880 kg. The approval is of an excellent level: discreet and felted, it is the smoothness of walking that takes precedence.
We especially remember the princely comfort of the Q5. The piloted suspension does a good job, even in Dynamic mode … Paradoxically, this one is the most recommendable : it preserves excellent support for the car while still filtering irregularities very correctly, despite the presence of large 20-inch rims on our version. The compromise is interesting, neutral as possible, if it is not a model of agility. The X3 does better.
Prices: cursed penalty
Higher in the range, if the budget allows it, the SQ5 almost delivers sports lap times. 341 hp for the V6 TDI, for a minimum of € 80,800. Less excessive, the 286 hp V6 50 TDI starts at € 70,430 and delivers a much more attractive pleasure than the 4-cylinder in our test. But here, the penalty is surreal: 214 g / km, so € 25,349! Who can seriously pay close to 100,000 € for a Q5? This engine therefore seems doomed in France, just like the 45 TFSI, the only classic 4-cylinder petrol offered (265 hp, 193 g and … € 10,980 CO2 tax).
These tariffs combined with our national penalty (this problem hardly exists except here, at least in these delirious proportions) should therefore plead in favor of the more modest 35 TDI, the entry-level 163 hp devoid of all-wheel drive (from € 49,890). Approved at 148 g / km, its penalty is limited to € 400. As to plug-in hybrids, tax-free, the call price of € 62,990 for the 50 TFSIe (299 hp) seems almost inexpensive compared to the aforementioned Diesel. It is placed slightly above the X3 PHEV xDrive 30e (from € 59,600) and Mercedes GLC 300e (€ 61,450), but announces a greater electric range of ten kilometers (62 km WLTP). To check.
Technical characteristics Audi Q5 restylé (2021)
|Model tested: Audi Q5 40 TDI Quattro Avus|
|Dimensions L x l x h||4,682 / 1,893 / 1,662 m|
|Min / max trunk volume||550 / 1.550 l|
|Unloaded weight||1.880 kg|
|Engine displacement||4 cylinders Diesel, turbo, micro-hybrid 12V – 1.968 cm3|
|Power||204 hp at 3,800 rpm|
|Couple||400 Nm at 1,750 rpm|
|0 to 100 km / h||7,6 s|
|Max speed||222 km / h|
|CO2 rate||from 167 to 182 g / km (WLTP)|
|Consumption announced – recorded||6.4 l – 7.0 l / 100 km|
|Malus 2021||from 2,544 to 6,375 euros|
|Prices||from 49.890 € (Tested model: 64.780 €)|
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