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The new Audi Q5: Sporty and versatileApr 19, 2008
The new Audi Q5 combines the poise of a sports saloon with a stylish interior and versatile options for every kind of drive.
? All-new performance SUV to slot in below the Audi Q7 in UK range in late 2008, priced from approximately ?30,000

? Innovative technologies for dynamic driving characteristics

? Spacious interior with intelligent functions

Strong and efficient engines, quattro permanent all-wheel drive and agile running gear, incorporating the innovative seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and optional Audi Drive Select control system, have been brought together to create a high performance SUV.

Measuring 4.63 m long, 1.88 m wide and 1.65 m high, the Audi Q5 is more compact than its competitors. The car sets another benchmark in its class with a low drag co-efficient of 0.33.

Its elegant, coup?-like design is accentuated by sleek headlights on both sides of the large single-frame grille, which can be equipped with optional Xenon Plus lamps and LED daytime running lights. Viewed from the side, the large wheels and rising edges are also prominent features.

At the rear, the wraparound tailgate ? made from aluminium, like the bonnet ? clearly identifies this SUV as a relative of the Audi Q7. The tail lights are available with distinctive LED lighting technology as well.

Audi offers three different options for the external trim of the Audi Q5 as well as two options for body styling. The S line exterior pack gives the car a sportier look, while the alternative off-road pack, with underside protection in the front and back and 19-inch wheels, gives the SUV a stronger look.

Long wheelbase, roomy interior
The Audi Q5?s wheelbase is the longest in its class, creating a comfortable and flexible ride for five people in ergonomically designed seats. The rear seat backs are angle-adjustable and easily fold down by activating the remote release lever in the luggage compartment. This compartment, offering access to a second storage area under the floor, expands from 540 litres to 1,560 litres in volume. Optional extras include a rail mounting kit for luggage, a net partition and a luggage compartment liner.

As an option, Audi offers the ?rear bench seat plus?, which slides 100 mm length-wise to provide a load-through facility. The front passenger?s seat can be outfitted with a folding back for transporting long objects and numerous practical storage compartments, drink holders, bottle holders and onboard power outlets are supplied as standard. The optional storage package also features an attachment point in the passenger-side foot area for various storage fixtures.

Safety is a priority in the Audi Q5. On the front seats, belt force limiters and airbags work together and much of the car?s body is made of high- and ultra-high-strength steel components assembled with maximum precision. They reduce weight and improve crash safety as well as rigidity and vibration patterns.

Inside, the driver-oriented cockpit is set higher in keeping with the upright seating position. Interior materials include aluminium, exclusive woods, chrome, leather and Alcantara, and can be further customised with a large selection of optional design packages.

The Audi Q5 comes standard with an electromechanical parking brake, an intelligent chip key, a climate control system and a display screen in the instrument cluster depicting, among other things, the recommended ideal gear for efficient driving in a given situation. A large, central monitor is also standard. When an onboard navigation system is added, many of the controls are shifted to the MMI panel on the centre console. This is the next generation of the best operating system on the market, featuring even more intuitive graphics and control.

Strong and efficient ? the engines
The Audi Q5 launches with three engine variants ? one petrol engine and two TDI units. All are direct-injection, turbocharged models and are characterised by outstanding performance and strong propulsive power while also offering impressive fuel efficiency.

The 2.0T FSI has been entirely redesigned. The four-cylinder engine unites turbocharging, petrol direct-injection technology and the innovative Audi valve-lift system for variable control of valve lift. The high torque of 350 Nm is available at 1,500 rpm and remains constant up to 4,200 rpm, with performance peaking at 211PS. The Audi Q5 2.0T FSI sprints from zero to 62mph in 7.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of 138 mph and averaging 33.2 mpg.

Drawing on four cylinders and two litres of displacement, the 2.0 TDI is superbly refined thanks to a new common-rail fuel injection system; like the petrol engine, it has two balancing shafts. With 350 Nm (between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm), this diesel engine delivers its typically strong response from an impressive 170 PS. Combined fuel consumption of 42.1 mpg is proof of Audi?s successful efficiency strategy. The TDI reaches 62 mph from rest in 9.5 seconds, peaking at a top speed of 126 mph.

The most powerful engine in the line-up is the 3.0 TDI. This V6 diesel engine delivers 240 PS and 500 Nm of torque, which is available between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. With outstanding response and refinement, it takes the Audi Q5 from zero to 62mph in 6.5 seconds, accelerates to a top speed of 139 mph and covers 36.6 mpg on the combined cycle.

Seven speeds ? the new S tronic
The 2.0 TDI transfers its power to a six-speed manual transmission. Audi has built innovative technology into both the 3.0 TDI and 2.0T FSI ? the S tronic, a new twin-clutch transmission with seven speeds. This high-tech component can execute gearshifts in just a fraction of a second while offering exceptional comfort and high efficiency. Drivers can let the seven-speed S tronic shift automatically or select gears manually, when desired with rocker switches on the steering wheel.

As in the new Audi A4, the position of the component units in the drive train has been altered in the Audi Q5 ? the differential is located in front of the clutch, directly behind the engine. This solution, which made it possible to move the front axle much further forward, creates a long wheelbase and optimum distribution of axle load. It is precisely these features from which the Audi Q5 derives its unique strengths ? good directional stability, high comfort and impressive dynamics.

The Audi Q5 features standard quattro? permanent all-wheel drive. In normal running conditions, the transfer case distributes the power to the front and rear axle in a 40:60 ratio. When needed, quattro can deliver up to 65 percent of the power to the front axle and a maximum of 85 percent to the rear axle.

The five-link front axle and trapezoidal-link rear axle are made primarily from aluminium and the steering box below directs the steering impulse directly to the wheels. Large brakes ensure high retardation. The Audi Q5 will ride on lightweight alloy wheels ranging in size from 17 to 20 inches.

The Audi Q5?s electronic stabilisation programme (ESP) has been redesigned and enhanced with innovative functions such as a sensor that tells the ESP if a roof rack has been mounted, shifting the car?s centre of gravity to accommodate a roof load of up to 100 kg.

The ESP and its sub-function, the ABS, have special ranges for off-road driving. The ESP focuses on achieving maximum traction in off-road driving; the ABS automatically recognises the consistency of the driving surface and selects the ideal strategy for sand, gravel or loose rocks.

The Audi Q5 is capable of towing up to 2.0 tons and delivers excellent performance. The standard hill descent control system makes it safe to navigate steep declines by regulating the preselected speed when driving at speeds of less than 19 mph. Ground clearance is an impressive 20 cm, with a fording depth of up to 50 cm when driving through water.

Audi Drive Select ? for more driving pleasure
An extensive package of high-end technologies makes the Audi Q5 even more driver-focused. The optional control system, Audi Drive Select, guides the operation of various technology components and is available in several upgrade variants. At the touch of a button, the driver controls the car?s comfort or agility. The MMI operating system offers a fourth mode, which can be individually programmed.

Audi Drive Select is available with two innovative components ??? an electronic controller for the shock absorbers and Audi dynamic steering. Fitted with a superposition gear, it continuously varies the steering ratio and the power steering assistance depending on the speed driven ? which means less steering effort is required when parking, and firm steering with low sensitivity at higher speeds. At the handling limits, the dynamic steering stabilises the car in conjunction with the ESP.

Standard entertainment equipment in the car includes an audio system with eight speakers. A highly contemporary modular system of components for multimedia options features a Bluetooth telephone, DVD drive, TV tuner, intelligent speech control system, iPod interface, and a top-of-the-line sound system from Danish specialists, Bang & Olufsen. The excellent navigation system boasts a high-resolution monitor for new, three-dimensional representation of maps. The hard disk from which the system reads can also save music files in MP3 format.

The assistance systems: Straight from the luxury class
On request, the Audi Q5 can also be equipped with an array of high-tech, onboard systems taken directly from the premium class to make driving a relaxed experience. These include the Audi parking system advanced with rear view camera, Audi Lane Assist (the lane departure warning system) and Audi Side Assist, which warns of hazards when changing lanes. Adaptive cruise control maintains a constant distance from the vehicle in front.

Additional high-tech extras for the Audi Q5 include the advanced key for keyless access, a tyre pressure monitoring system, a large panoramic glass sunroof with additional tilting function, the triple-zone climate control system, sun blinds for the rear side windows, the dynamic Audi adaptive light system, an electric tailgate and a swivelling trailer hitch. The high-beam assistant automatically switches between the high and low beams. On request, Audi offers the extras from the luxury class as well, including front seats that can be electrically adjusted, heated and ventilated.
 

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Rahoo - where did you find this?

interesting quote regarding the pricing;

? All-new performance SUV to slot in below the Audi Q7 in UK range in late 2008, priced from approximately ?30,000
I'm now guessing it will be priced at say ?1k under the equivalent entry level BMW X3, but hopefully with higher spec
 

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this is from the audi.co.uk website you have to search on the site to get the press release, do you reckon the 2.0T will be the entry level one? checked the Q7 prices online today and on the forecourt Sep 06 SE are getting 37k and sline 39k with more miles than I have on my car (only 9.5k !!) so looks like I should get at least 30k back for mine by nov/dec
 

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good question - I've read that the DSG box wont be on the 2.0tdi engine so this may be the entry model? maybe?
 

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fingers crossed..!
 
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