Performance – Using the same engine as the Q7, the Q5 petrol is aptly badged 45 TFSI and outputs 252 HP and 370 Nm from its 2.0-litre motor, claiming a sprint time of 6.3 seconds from 0-100 km/hr, the top speed is rated at 237 km/hr. There is some lag lower down but once you get past 2200 RPM, the turbo kicks in full flow and offers some serious mid-range. Power doesn’t subside in the top-end either as it screams to its 6500 RPM redline. There are 6 drive modes on offer and in Dynamic mode, the motor feels more eager and holds on to the redline in each gear.
The engine is quite refined and you can barely hear anything inside
The Audi Q5’s petrol engine is matched to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox which is decently quick with shifts but not the fastest as it feels a bit jerky and a bit slow when compared to the same engined Q7 petrol which uses an 8- speed torque converter. The steering mounted paddles work well and you can shift gears using the tiptronic function on the gear lever as well. The car returns a fuel economy of 8 km/l in the city, stretching to 10 km/l on the highway.
Driving Dynamics – The Q5 comes equipped with Audi’s famed quattro all-wheel-drive system which ensures grip at all times, even when driving in the rains with traction control off, no wheel slip at all. Ride quality is excellent and with adjustable dampers, it really works wonders on the Q5, only the big bumps being felt at speed. In Dynamic mode, the suspension stiffens up and the handling becomes tighter, body roll being very well contained. However, the steering doesn’t weigh up well at high speeds with the feel and feedback being quite artificial too, a trait shared by the latest Audis.