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NEW AUDI Q5: Redefined and reimagined

BY BRIAN BONITTO Associate Editor — Auto & Entertainment bonittob@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, April 21, 2017    

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AFTER a tour of Audi’s state-of-the-art production plant in San Jose Chiapa, journalists from Latin America, French- and English-speaking Caribbean were given a chance to test-drive the new Q5 on the streets of Mexico. Our destination: Aldea Rodavento in Jalcomulco.

“The Audi Q5 is completely new; new from the ground up. It’s larger in every dimension – both interior and exterior,” said Gabriel Ramirez, product and price specialist – Audi Regional Office.

And indeed it is.

The second-generation SUV with four rings has returned lean and athletic. The Q5 is 15.3 ft long, 1.3 inches longer than the previous model, but its width remains unchanged at 6.2 ft. Its height and wheelbase have increased by 0.2 inches and 0.5 inches, respectively.


The front of the Q5 is relatively low and marked by horizontal lines. A powerful frame in aluminium runs up to the updated LED headlights and emphasises the dominance of the single-frame grille.

On the inside, the luxury SUV offers a lot of space for five people. Its leather seats gently hugs passengers, making the ride a memorable one. The cockpit, the Multi Media Interface (MMI) terminal in the centre console, acts as the main control element. In the top infotainment system — the MMI navigation plus with the MMI touch and an 8.3-inch display — a touchpad is integrated into the rotary push button.

Boasting a new stop-start system, the new Audi comes in either of two powerful and fuel-efficient engines: a 2.0 TDI (turbocharged direct injection) and the other 2.0 TFSI (turbocharged fuel stratified injection). The German auto makers have added up to 20kw (27 hp) of power, with fuel consumption being significantly reduced. A single press of the accelerator pedal, the redefined responds on cue.

The four-cylinder TDI sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 218 km/h (135.5 mph), while the TFSI accelerates from 0 to 100km/h (62.1 mph) in 6.3 seconds. The TFSI reaches a top speed of 237 km/h (147.3 mph).

Both engines have the option of a dual-cluth seven-speed S Tronic transmission and a manual transmission.

The Mexican roads were no match for the new Audi Q5. The broken yellow lines in the street’s centre hurriedly ran to meet the SUV, only to become a blur in its rear-view mirror.

As fate would have it, the elements threw rain and fog at the new SUV which were brushed to the side, as it handles very well on- and off-road . Even potholes, were no match for the vehicle’s suspension system.

In its drive-assistance systems, the new Audi also tops its segment with a broad range of high-tech options. In their intelligent interplay, the systems represent a next step towards piloted driving. They are bundled into three: tour, city and parking.

The predictive efficiency assistance helps the driver save fuel by specific information on the vehicle’s surroundings. Adaptive cruise control, including traffic jam assist, makes it easier to stay in lane. Distance warnings alerts the driver when the distance to a vehicle drops below a safe level.

The new Audi Q5 is reimagined and redefined, but still retains the value of luxury we’ve come to expect from the four rings brand.

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