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Audi Q5 Midsize 4×4 Meets Sports Car! The Perfect Crossover?

Posted: September 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Audi, Auto News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Audi Q5 Midsize 4×4 Meets Sports Car! The Perfect Crossover?

Audi Q5 3.2 FSI Prestige S Line QuattroI had the pleasure of test driving the Audi Q5 this week, a car that I’ve admired for a while now. Outwardly Q5 has a gorgeously balanced  look, interior wise it’s Audi upmarket all the way.

My car for the day was the 2012 3.2 Quattro, Audi Q5 Prestige, my biggest problem here is going to be finding the space to write ALL the graet points on this vehicle,  I can’t emphasize what a pleasure it truly was – with an aggressive exterior, a luxurious interior, a drivetrain that provides a brilliant driving experience, Q5 is a true sports utility vehicle.

The Q5 Prestige I tested was fitted with Audi’s S-line package, including five spoke 20 inch wheels and performance tyres. The super smooth 3.2Litre V6 motor and Audi’s Drive Select system. The Q5 is just about the best looking cross-over on the road today, the view from inside it’s cabin is equally as appealing ::::

Audi Q5 3.2 FSI Prestige S Line

As expected the Q5 was completely teched-up, Audi’s Drive Select – four settings alter throttle response, transmission shift points and steering assist –  and adaptive cruise control. Interior, the Luxury package – ventilated front seats, upgraded leather, a 3 spoke sport steering wheel, shift paddles and brushed aluminum trim.

Based on one of my favourite chassis – Audi A4 – Q5 has a proper on-road stance. The wide open, bold front fascia and grill shares it’s sporty design with the current Audi lineup, that large central grille, flanked by smaller openings that contain the circular fog lights.


The headlights have a naturally darkened design with LED trim along the inside of the large, bright projection assembly. Along the lower edge of the front fascia, the central section directly below the grille angles upward with a black splitter-style trim piece running along the opening to enhance the sporty nature of the Q5 with the S Line package.The grille and fog light areas are all finished in black thanks to the S Line package and in my opinion…this package is a must-have. The only chrome along the front end after the application of the S Line package is found in the Audi ‘four rings’ logo and in the trim pieces within the headlights.

 

 Expect some pretty nifty deals on the Q5, there’s a new model about to hit the ground in Europe – meaning Australia will get them early 2013 – Dealers are currently pushing to move these autos off the showroom floor.The evolution of the Audi grille has come almost full circle, the current grille is entirely inspired by the early Auto Union classics, there’s much to love, very German. The competition looks decidedly weak when stood against the Q5, BMW’s X3 is well overdue for an update, styling-wise, there is no comparison Q5 looks and feels much more now, tech-wise Q5 also pips X3, Beemers baby size straight six is legendary, however it seriously lacks the responsiveness of Audi’s 3.2L V6.

Second-hand the Q5 ranges from around $AU35,000 – $70,000. Audi Q5 3.2 FSI Prestige S LineCheck carsales.com.au for best second hand pricing.

Bloggers also seem to spuke the goodness of the Q5 – and I thought it was just me – check audiq5.blogspot and carscoop.

As mentioned 2013 will see an updated Q5, it looks rather swish, definitely going on my wishlist, check out Tim Beissmann’s review of the 2013 Q5 at caradvice.com.au. Did I mention that it looks really neat? The range-topping 2013 petrol Q5 will be powered by a 3.0-litre TFSI V6, which replaces the old model’s naturally aspirated 3.2-litre FSI engine. Power has increased from 195kW/330Nm to 200kW/400Nm, cutting one second off its sprint time (now 5.9 seconds), yet also using less fuel – down from 9.3L/100km to 8.5L/100km. Read Tim’s full review: caradvice.com.au

On a personal note, one of the things I most love about this auto is it’s silhouette, very Cayenne without having to lumber a tonne and half of metal about.


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