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Compared to the older car, the new Q5 gets a lot of modern tech

Safety and After Sales Service – German cars are built like tanks and that in itself means safety is guaranteed. Audi has packed in quite a number of safety tech like 8-airbags, auto hold function, electromechanical parking brake, Active Lane Assist, Collision Avoidance Asist, front and rear parking sensors and blind spot warning. Moreover, the SUV has received a 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP ratings. The Ingolstadt-based carmaker has a good reach of sales and service network across India with dealerships in all major cities.

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The Q5 will be brought down to India via the CKD route

Verdict – The 2018 Q5 is undoubtedly a very good SUV and the Audi brand image is definitely going to be helpful here because the car has all it takes to fetch good sales. While the pricing isn’t revealed yet, we expect it to only be marginally costlier than the older car and knowing how people prefer the Audi badge over its British and Scandinavian rivals, the Q5 is likely to be one of the highest sellers in its segment. The car itself is so much better to drive now and packs in a good amount of gadgetry and comfort too. The styling is pretty much spot on and there’s hardly any reason why Audi could go wrong with this one.

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You get cool features like wireless charging

What’s Cool

* Interiors are classy and premium, feel very good
* The TDI engine has a lot of grunt and the gearbox is quick too
* Adaptive dampers work well and ride is comfy

What’s Not So Cool

* Only 1 engine option for the time being

Alternatives: Mercedes GLE, BMW X3, Volvo XC60, Range Rover Evoque, Jaguar F-Pace

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The Q5 is lighter by 100 kgs compared to the old car

2018 Audi Q5 Specifications

* Engine: 1968cc, 4-Cyl, DOHC, Diesel
* Power: 190 HP @ 3800-4200 RPM
* Torque: 400 Nm @ 1750-3000 RPM
* Transmission: 7-Speed DCT
* 0-100 km/hr: 7.90 seconds (claimed)
* Top Speed: 218 km/hr
* Fuel Consumption: 12-14 km/l (Real World), 17.01 km/l (Claimed)
* Fuel Type: Diesel
* Suspension: Independent, Multi-Link, Adaptive Suspension
* Tyre Size: 235/60/18
* Brakes: Discs (Front), Discs (Rear), ABS
* Safety: Airbags, ABS, TCS, Hill Hold, TPMS, ESC

2018 Audi Q5 Dimensions

* Overall length x width x height: 4663 mm X 1898 mm X 1659 mm
* Boot Space: 550-litres
* Wheelbase: 2819 mm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 70-litres

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German vs Scandinavian – what would be your pick?

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