2018 Audi Q5 Petrol Review
Car Tested: 2018 Audi Q5 Petrol 45 TFSI; Road Test No. 983
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 65-70.98 lakhs
Recently luxury SUV segment has seen the most action of any luxury car segment
Almost every car maker is revising their offerings. The Audi Q5 has always had a stronghold in its segment and the German automaker is offering both petrol and diesel powertrain options, we drive the former as it appears to be very promising on paper, being the most powerful version of the Q5 in the world (till the SQ5 arrives of course).
Exteriors – The Audi Q5 is a compact SUV that bridges the gap between the Audi Q3 and the big daddy, Audi Q7 in India and its size matches that intention. The Q5 gets the company’s trademark design all over. There’s a huge hexagonal front grille that will remind you of the Q7. The air scoops on the bumper too are quite large. The LED headlights sit below the bonnet’s crease and there are LED DRLs for that added appeal. The highlight, however, has to be side crease that connects the headlight to taillight. It gives you a sense of stability, boldness and detailing. The rear too is typical Audi like but the chrome housing of the dual exhausts and the contours underneath is something you begin to admire once you notice them.
Interiors – The interiors are finished in black and beige with subtle silver touches where they are needed the most. The quality is, obviously, good. There is a 3-zone climate control and a standalone 8.3-inch infotainment system on the centre console. It supports Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Navigation and is controlled through a rotary knob. The centre panel also houses the MMI touchpad with multiple gesture shortcuts to make things simpler. The front passengers sit comfortably and get electrically adjustable seats with 4-way lumbar support. The driver is also greeted by a 12.3-inch cockpit digital instrument cluster. Legroom and headroom room for the rear occupants too is good but there’s, unfortunately, no USB charging port. A panoramic sunroof is provided for when you want to enjoy those starry nights.