Audi Q5 qualifies in the school of hard knocks – Independent testers at Euro NCAP have awarded the new Audi Q5 the highest possible five-star rating for its robust performance in the latest round of crash testing.
What Car? journalists certainly didn’t mince their words when judging the latest version of the Audi Q5, summing it up as
classy inside, comfortable to drive and [offering] good performance. It’s shaping up to be one of 2017’s most impressive new cars”, they confidently forecast. The car might not look particularly new but that familiar styling belies a car that shares hardly a single screw with its predecessor.
That was possibly a bold move for a car which turns out to be Audi’s biggest seller here in the UK. We’ve had eight years to get used to the Q5, and, it seems, we’ve taken it to our hearts.
Still Miles In Front
Nevertheless, while the Q5 has plenty to live up to, rival manufacturers’ own SUVs have also come on in leaps and bounds, which means the initial models in the new range, a two-litre turbocharged petrol model putting out 249bhp, and a 187bhp two-litre diesel, needed to up their game – and the reviews indicate that they’ve done just that.
The two-litre petrol, and a 3.0L V6 diesel were the first models reviewers got to try, and they were suitably impressed: “The diesel … has so much pull from low down in its rev range that you rarely need to extend it. Conversely, on a settled motorway cruise you’ll barely hear it, and it has plenty of torque in reserve for overtaking on faster roads.
The petrol needs more revs to get it up to speed, but once it’s in its sweet spot, it lopes along very nicely. It sounds good, too.”
With optional air suspension and adaptive dampers, the reviewed Q5 was “a very comfortable car, with a smooth, forgiving ride.”
All Q5s have four-wheel drive as standard, but only the V6 is permanently all-wheel drive, whereas the four-cylinder cars send all their power to the front wheels most of the time, with the rear set only helping when the electronics detect that the car is losing its footing. “However, such is the smoothness of operation that we couldn’t tell the difference between the two systems,” said the testers, in yet another ringing endorsement.
However, the biggest praise was reserved for the interior of the new Q5, which was singled out as “its strongest feature, and no rival can live with its quality feel, ease-of-use, or its technology.”
The Audi Virtual Cockpit brings all the driving, navigation and infotainment data which the driver needs to a single screen while the main Multi Media Interface infotainment system in the centre console is controlled by the intuitive combination of a rotary wheel, touchpad and shortcut buttons. The new Q5 also features Apple Carplay and Android Auto for full smartphone integration.
More interior space in the new Q5 means visibility for the driver is good, and legroom and headroom decent for two adults in the rear, the review team also commented.
A Safe Bet
The new Q5 is the latest Audi to be awarded five stars by Euro NCAP, the organisation’s highest possible rating, making the second generation of the bestselling SUV among the safest cars in its class.
The Audi Q5 showed off its strengths in every type of test, scoring points for occupant protection, child safety and pedestrian protection. The range of driver assistance systems fitted as standard equipment – including pre sense city, the emergency braking system that reacts to vehicles up ahead of the car and to pedestrians – also contributed to the car’s top ranking.
If you’re considering the new Audi Q5 all of the above will no doubt be important factors in persuading you that it’s the car for you. But if you’re still undecided, a visit to your nearest Swansway Audi dealership – there are six, located across the north Midlands and north-west England – and a test drive should win you over.
See the new Audi Q5 now at our dealerships in Blackburn, Carlisle, Crewe, Preston, Stafford and Stoke. We’re waiting to show you why we’re one of the region’s favourite car dealer groups, and how we live up to our motto, “caring, honest, proud”.