Audi Q5 Forum banner

1 - 20 of 49 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
252 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Anyone been out in the snow yet?

Hows the Q5 on standard tyres?
 
G

·
Hi Bill,

Was it SERIOUS snow? I ask as I live in the Highlands of Scotland and it can get pretty serious here. I should be getting delivery early next month and would like to think that the vehicle will cope OK. Was on schedule for build week 50. Cannot wait
Regards, ZED
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
168 Posts
already two days with (not so much...) snow here in Belgium
I'm on Dunlops Sports 01 summer tyres, and the car behaves very safe and peaceful
no spin, in spite of the heavy torque of the diesel
indeed I drive carefully without winter tyres
as I luckily can choose not to drive in very bad weather, I don't think I'll invest in winter tyres
I think they are only essential for people who would note get home without special equipment, or are forced to start every morning independently good or bas weather
 
G

·
Came back home in about an inch of snow last night.

Very reassuring to have four wheel drive and quite fun to weave left and right, the front wheels sliding a little, yet feeling completely in control.

The (very scary) surprise came at the end of my road. I slowed down to less than 10mph and, curious to know how the traction control would behave, squeezed the brakes a little harder. The ABS kicked in.... but the car kept on going forward almost as though I wasn't pressing the brake pedal at all. For a few seconds I really thought I would hit parked cars at the end of the road. Fortunately, I did stop in time, but only just.

I read afterwards that ABS is known to increase stopping distances on fresh snow. On reflection, this does make sense - each time the brakes are released after the wheels lock up, the wheels immediately skid again and lock up. Also, snow doesn't accumulate in front of tyres in the way it would without ABS.

Somehow I didn't expect this to be a problem in such an expensive car, especially as deceleration is so good on fresh snow before ABS kicks in. I have learnt my lesson now.

Anyway, be careful - the Q5 is not invincible!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
337 Posts
Hi ZED
Only about an inch and a half of snow but it had frozen hard as the roads in my village do not get gritted very often,the village is situated quite high up on the edge of the Clyde valley so gets the snow blowing down from your place,
I'm sure the standard 19" wheel and tyres will cope even where you live up in the Highlands.
Hope your car arrives soon
.
Regards
 
G

·
Bill said:
Hi ZED
Only about an inch and a half of snow but it had frozen hard as the roads in my village do not get gritted very often,the village is situated quite high up on the edge of the Clyde valley so gets the snow blowing down from your place,
I'm sure the standard 19" wheel and tyres will cope even where you live up in the Highlands.
Hope your car arrives soon
.
Regards
Hi Bill,

Thanks for that. I am feeling very encouraged. My car will be auto with sline. How does this compare with yours?

Also interested in other 'snow experiences' that anyone else may have


Regards,

ZED
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
337 Posts
ZED I have a Ice Silver 2.0TDI S-Line S-Tronic with Drive select and Pan roof, haven't had a chance to try out the roof yet but the Damper drive select works a treat, Heated front seats/interior light package/Storage package and Tyre display. thats about all I could afford.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
113 Posts
Hi Guys,

Here in Aberdeen we've just had our first "real" snow of the year..... so, keen to check out the cars' ability, I headed out towards Banchory (about 16-18 miles out into the countryside).
I'm driving the 3.0TDi SE on 20" rims. I can confirm that on very icy roads (-1 to -3 degrees C) with 2 to 3 inches of fresh snow, the car coped very well. Traction from the quattro system was very impressive and even with the dashboard traction indicator flashing away, the acceleration was impressive and fun

Stopping however is another thing. On sheer ice, i think all cars have problems stopping and the Q5 is just as bad as every other 4x4 (Shogun, Freelander, Rav4) that we've had. On snow, the ABS does kick in and works as well / as bad as the others i've had. I read in the manual that if you turn off the traction control, it should work better in deep snow, but I've yet to try it out.

So, first try out .... acceleration was impressive, and the braking was better than I expected on the large wheels.

Cheers,

Mike
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
168 Posts
the only safe way to drive on ice and snow is to anticipated so you actually don't need to brake
brakes are to be considered in these circumstances as and emergency device...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
51 Posts
Hi,

I am living in the south-west of Norway and we usually don't have much snow, but this weekend it was really bad wheather with a lot of snow, approx 1 feet and 95% of the cars which where on the road was 4x4's. I drove in some steep hills with a lot of snow, and I must say I am very impressed how the car behaves. A friend of me which have a Volvo XC90, was in the same area, but he his front wheel was often spinning and he did not have the same grip as I had. I think this is because the XC90 do not have permanent 4WD, but use this Haldex coupling. I parked the car with snow abowe the lover part of the front bumper, but there was no problem coming loose at all. Driving on the road with snow and ice, felt very steady and safe as well (maybee felt too safe).


Cheers,
Roger
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
178 Posts
I was always told to turn the ESP off, and the car was fine on the ice rink and snow !
 
G

·
Hi All,

This is my first post, so hi


I picked up my new Q5 on Saturday, and I must say the Q5 is a superb vehicle, I have the 3.0Tdi with 20inch and (for this post) they have Michelin Latitude Sport tyres. Living in the Peak District we had a great deal of snow this weekend, and although I have driven many Audi quattro's in the past, traction always comes down to tyres, and the Michelin's in snow are next to useless. You can get up hill due to the quattro as much as anything, but downhill traction is awful, even using good snow driving practice (no braking etc).

I ordered some winter tyres today (as I do for every car, wish it was compulsory in UK, but it isn't), as these are aleays a great idea even when there is no snow (they are cold weather tyres i.e. below 7 degC). The only issue with the 20inch is that the only tyre that fits is the Pirelli Ice and Snow, and they are not cheap, but are superb tyres. As soon as they are snow and ice etc. shouldn't be an issue, just the BMW drivers sliding into me


Cheers
Mark
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
113 Posts
Hi Bill,

The snow's still here, but there's been nothing fresh over night. Most main roads are clear, but the side roads are still quite icy.
I've attached a photo of my outing to Durris yesterday. Winter wonderland


View attachment 258
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
337 Posts
Still snowing hear Mike but even on the back roads the car hasn't let us down, it's so sure footed with that quattro drive
I like the colour of your car it stands out well against the snowy background.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
113 Posts
Thanks Bill

It's a strange colour really. On a dull day it looks very plain, but in the right light or in a bit of sunshine, it seems to just come alive !!
As far as i'm aware, I'm the only person in the area with a red one.

PS. Major snow in Aberdeen today.... looks like 7 - 8 inches, no gritters and it's all iced over, so the roads are carnage
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
252 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·
Major snow here in Manchester too. Q5 well upto the job, feels safe and secure
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
178 Posts
stuck in traffic 3 hours to go 1 mile, Q5 was great but the worry were the other retards on the road who thought it would be ok to talk on there mobiles and not concentrate on the road, like the white ford focus (yes you...you plum, had to leave the car after you slid into the pavement and buckled your wheel, you'd speed up for the 2 metres in front you had..that was worthwhile wasn't it....)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
125 Posts
Ha! my wife had a similar experience to you yesterday taking 2.5hrs to do 4 miles watching other drivers drive like plums!
I have to say I'm really impressed with it in the snow/ice so far. I live on quite a steep side road which never gets gritted and at times of snow all you can hear are people trying to burn out their clutches or tyres trying to get up the hill. The Q5 just went around all of them and I was happily parked on my drive soon afterwards
 
1 - 20 of 49 Posts
Top