2015 Audi Q5 | new car review
* The Q5 offers good value when compared to its rivals.
* Doesn't have its own style.
It is hard to get excited when looking at the Q5, it is one of Audi’s more conservative efforts. Essentially it’s just a smaller Q7. It doesn’t have the mean-looking front end that other Audi’s have, in fact, it looks docile and unassuming. There are plenty of curves, but they make it look bulky and sluggish. There is no sharpness to the design, and although it looks more refined than the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60, both are far more pleasing on the eyes.
Inside you are forced to rub your eyes, since you were certain that you got into the Q5, you would be forgiven for thinking that you were actually sitting in the A4. The interior is largely the same, not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. It is laid out all very ergonomically, and everything is simple to identify. But then it is hard to get excited about a car that has had its innards donated by one of its brothers. There’s a sense of being cheated.
The 2015 Audi Q5 is well engineered, and both passenger and luggage space is where it tops the class. At 560 litres the boot space eclipses its rivals, and that’s before you’ve put the back seats down and tripled the space to over 1500 litres! Passengers won’t complain about leg room, either. There is an option available that allows the rear seats to both slide and recline, which will keep your passengers’ attention and distract them from the all-round dullness.
What’s on offer?
There are both 2.0 and 3.0 litre versions of the TFSI Quattro engines available in the UAE. The 4-cylinder 2.0 litre version will belt out 225 horses worth of power and will get you from 0-100kph in a respectable seven seconds. Prices start at around AED 169,900 compared with the 3.0 V6 version that will cost you approximately AED 40,000 more.
The 2015 Audi Q5 is not a lost cause, it is far cheaper than the BMW X3, and better value than the Volvo. The Q5 is essentially an inbred lovechild born from the Q7 and A4, but you could do worse. It is still a relatively new car to the Audi range, and over time it may develop its own character. But for now it seems that it only exists so that Audi can say “we have a mid-range SUV, too”.
|Specifications||2015 Audi Q5 40 TFSI||2015 Audi Q5 45 TFSI|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.0 litre turbocharged / 4 cyl||3.0 litre turbocharged / V6|
|Max Power |
|225 hp @ 6,250 RPM||272 hp @ 6,500 RPM|
|350 Nm @ 4,500 RPM||400 Nm @ 4,780 RPM|
|Tranmission||8 speed automatic||8 speed automatic|
|Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||7.1 secs||5.9 secs|
|Top speed||222 km/h||234 km/h|
|Price||AED 169,900||AED 209,300|