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The Top Gear car review:Audi Q5
What is it like on the road?
There’ll be five engines available at launch, four diesels and one petrol, though that’s a little white lie, seeing as three of those are essentially the same 2.0-litre TDi with three different outputs of 150bhp, 163bhp and 190bhp. The other diesel is a lovely V6 mono-turbo with 286bhp and 457lb ft of torque, and the only petrol is a 2.0-litre TFSI with 252bhp that manages 154g/km, equating to 41.5mpg. Final figures are yet to be confirmed, but expect all engines to be cleaner and more efficient than the outgoing Q5.
As far as gearboxes go, there’s a six-speed manual, seven-speed S-Tronic auto and eight-speed Tiptronic, although the latter only comes mated to the 3.0-litre TDI. All get quattro four-wheel drive apart from the base 150bhp diesel (front-drive only, with quattro as a cost option).
The only cars we’ve so far sampled are the 3.0-litre TDI and the 2.0-litre petrol. And much as it surprises us to say it, they both drive very neatly indeed. Steering is accurate and surprisingly communicative and the ride is firm but not harsh. Braking is strong and progressive, traction - thanks to that torque-vectoring magicianship - is iron solid, and should you really want to, you can make it hustle with the best of them without feeling particularly compromised.