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Audi Q5

Audi Q5 (Germany, 2008-present)

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Released in 2008 by German car manufacturer Audi, the Q5 (internally designated Typ 8R) is a compact crossover SUV which had its world premiere at the Beijing Motor Show. The Q5 is built with the use of Audi's MLP platform (Modular Longitudinal Platform) which was first used in the Audi A5 Coupé in 2007.

After the Q7, the Q5 is the second Audi model in the "Q" range. It is slotted above the Q3 model.


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2012 Updates

In 2012 Audi announded slight updates to the exterior of the Q5 and a new hybrid variant. All models also have electromechanical steering now as well.

The exterior changes are minor. It has redesigned headlights with slightly changed LED running lights and optional xenon headlights. Audi beveled the engines of the single frame grill and modified the air inlets on the front bumper slightly.

Audi added more chrome trim to the interior especially on the steering wheel control stalks, ignition key and instruments. The MMI now uses four buttons, and Audi claims that the seat heating and air conditioning works more efficiently

The revised Q5 will be available with six available engines. The 2.0 TDI is the base engine with 143hp or an optional version with 177hp. The 3.0 TDI offers 245hp. Both of these engines were available before but power has been given a slight boost over the previous versions. The petrol engines are the 2.0 TFSI with 225hp and the new supercharged 3.0 TFSI with 272hp that replaces the outgoing turbo 3.2l engine.

The base engine comes with a six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed Tiptronic is available on the 2.0 TFSI and standard on the 3.0 TFSI. The seven-speed S Tronic is standard on the 3.0 TDI and optional on the 177hp version of the 2.0 TDI. All Q5's except for the the base 2.0 TDI, which is front-wheel drive, come standard with Quattro all-wheel drive.

Finally, the new Q5 Hybrid Quattro uses the 2.0 TFSI with 211hp mated to a 54hp electric motor for a total peak power output of 245hp and 354lb-ft of torque. The hybrid accelerates to 100km/h in 7.1 seconds with an electronically-limited top speed of 225km/h. It has a maximum pure electric range of 3km. The car consumes 6.9l/100km of petrol. That means that the hybrid saves 0.7l/100km over the regular 2.0 TFSI. The hybrid comes exclusively with an eight-speed Tiptronic transmission and Quattro all-wheel drive.


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