2015 Audi Q5 | new car review

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 by
2015 Audi Q5
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AEDAED 169,900 - 209,300
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  • 2015 Q5
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  • Exterior
    Editor: 65%
  • Interior
    Editor: 65%
  • Quality
    Editor: 75%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 85%

Review Summary:

The 2015 is a mid-sized Sports Utility Vehicle that aspires to take on the BMW X3 and the Volvo XC60. But it seems that everything on it has come from other Audi’s and therefore it lacks uniqueness.

Pros

* The Q5 offers good value when compared to its rivals.

Cons

* Doesn't have its own style.

Looks

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.

2015 Audi Q5 front

Feels

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.

2014 Audi Q5 interior

Engineering

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.

2015 Audi Q5 side

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.

2015 Audi Q5 front

Summing it…

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”.

2015 Audi Q5 rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Audi Q5 40 TFSI2015 Audi Q5 45 TFSI
Engine/ Cylinders2.0 litre turbocharged / 4 cyl3.0 litre turbocharged / V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
225 hp @ 6,250 RPM272 hp @ 6,500 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
350 Nm @ 4,500 RPM400 Nm @ 4,780 RPM
Tranmission8 speed automatic8 speed automatic
DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h7.1 secs5.9 secs
Top speed222 km/h234 km/h
PriceAED 169,900AED 209,300

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