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Reviewed: Audi Q5 2.0 TDI
Driven January 2013
The Q5 has been on the Indian roads for a while now. The increase in competition means it needed a facelift to keep things fresh. But it’s not just a facelift that’s new in the Q5.
The Q5 is available with the same three engines that powered the outgoing version – 2.0 TDI, 3.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI. What we have here is the smaller 2-litre turbo-charged diesel. It’s the same 2-litre block that does duty in the other Audis. Here, it churns out 177bhp of power and 380Nm of torque.
The power is more than sufficient if you’re one of those who’d use it for your daily office commute or for a weekend getaway. You can feel the power without having to push the engine too hard, and turbo lag is not too evident. The power keeps coming in all through the range till you hit 4000rpm. But push the car hard on an open road and the engine makes its comparatively smaller size apparent.
The engine is mated to a 7-speed S tronic auto ’box that shifts gears pretty seamlessly. In D, it’s a little lethargic to shift down, but shift in into S and things start getting swifter. It also holds on to the gears longer in S which improves the in-gear acceleration. Seven ratios on offer means the engine is kept at lower revs at highway speeds, which helps in keeping it economical.
On the highway, expect the 2.0 TDI to return a healthy 11.7 kilometres to a litre, and in the city, about 9 kilometres per litre. The 2.0 TDI does a dash to 100kph in nine seconds which proves it’s not too quick off the mark.
The new Q5 gets an electromechanical steering which is nice and light at lower speeds but doesn’t offer great feedback as you speed up. It weighs up considerably in the Dynamic Drive mode but the feedback still doesn’t improve.
On the outside, the new Q5 gets a pair of new headlamps with a continuous strip of LEDs running around the edge. Apart from that, it gets reshaped bumpers and new fog light design. The tailgate and the engine hood are made of aluminium to keep the weight in check.
Inside, the Q5 gets a MMI system which is now easier to use. It allows Bluetooth connectivity and has two slots for SD cards. But it misses out the necessary Aux and USB ports. The seats are covered with leather and can be had in a choice of colours and materials if you’re ready to spend an extra buck.
1968cc, 4-cylinder, 177bhp, 380Nm, 7-speed dual-clutch, AWD, 0-100kph – 9 seconds (claimed), Rs 43.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Overall, the 2.0 TDI is good mix of power and economy and fits the bill right if you’re not looking for an earth-shatteringly powerful soft-roader. If you’re there’s always the 3.0 TDI waiting for you.