2017 Audi Q5: test the new premium SUV

2017 Audi Q5: test the new premium SUV

The Audi Q5 2017 is not a revolution in design, but a clear evolution, with significant improvements in comfort, efficiency, dynamism and connectivity.

Our test Audi Q5 2017 in pictures

Our test Audi Q5 2017 in pictures

Our test Audi Q5 2017 in pictures

Our test Audi Q5 2017 in pictures

On the occasion of the inauguration of the new factory from Audi in Puebla (Mexico), where the new Audi Q5 2017 is built for everyone except China, we have had the opportunity to test the new model SUV via the German mark. New style and new features for Q5, what follow the guidelines Q7 in technology and employs the same platform MLB Evo developed for installing longitudinal engines.

Audi, who won the 2017 Audi Q5 be the world’s best selling model in its category, revalidate the position expected success with the new edition of this Premium SUV, thanks to the improvements, including the ability to incorporate a effective variable air suspension height, new technology quattro ultra dynamic address which varies its gear ratio according to speed and rotation angle of the steering wheel, sports rear differential, plus a host of driving aids and innovative features in connectivity and entertainment on board.

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With a Evolved line, a more marked profile, a three-dimensional single-frame grille and a newly minted sleeker headlights (Optionally may be of matrix LED type), the new Q5 is longer, width and height than the previous version. It measures 4.66 meters long, 1.89 meters wide and 1.66 high, while the battle reaches 2.82 meters to favor the interior space.

The overall weight has been lowered to 90 kg compared to previous generation Q5 with the use of lightweight high strength steels and aluminum, and announces 0.30 aerodynamic very successful Cx, using soft body lines, the low fairings and even the specific design of the rims and tires, which promote airflow channeled from the front grille to the side or under the floor of the Audi Q5.

The new dimensions have allowed Looser interior, especially in the rear seats, where the occupants notice more legroom and greater height for the head. In addition, with the option of movable seats can earn additional 13 cm if sidewalks slide to its rearmost position.

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As usual in the German mark, Inside the Audi Q5 perfectly fulfills expectations and it is in line with the latest products from Audi. Good materials, all very well-located, very well equipped and a multitude of options to customize to taste, from air conditioning systems, heated steering wheel, massage power seats, stereo high power ambient lighting with 30 selectable colors, etc.

Of course, you could not miss digital virtual box-art cockpit controls Driver configurable at will with large or small instrumentation, with maps and relevant information… Head-Up Display Plus and MMI touch area, Internet 4G, WiFi devices to connect 8, induction recharge Qi protocol for smartphones, etc.

What has surprised us is that the browser screen is capacitive, Experts say we prefer to make a simple and intuitive operation from MMI roulette functions to be performed by touch with the screen full of fingerprints.

2017 Audi Q5: good details

As we mentioned above, the rear seats, They are offering enough especio and in its most forward position, can have sliding seats longitudinally into two parts and reclining backrest, so that occupant comfort is achieved when it is not required maximum trunk space. Further, They can be folded in three independent sections to facilitate loading of large objects.

In this case, the boot may vary between 550 and 610 liters according to the position of the rear bench -are 10 liters more than before. You can also have a sensor “hands-free” to open and close the door with his foot and the possibility of lowering the ride height at the rear -through a push button located within the maletero- for more convenient access, in versions equipped with air suspension.

2017 Audi Q5: high-tech

The new edition ofl Q5, who inherits most of the known solutions in new A4 Y Q7 dstake for its profusion of devices in the field of safety and driving aids, with elements such as predictive assistant efficiency, LED headlights and Matrix Led with intermittent dynamic sequential ignition wizard jams, departure warning passenger compartment, monitoring blind spot and rear traffic crossed active lane keeping and pedestrian detection with automatic braking, intelligent deadlock, which decouples the change in the automatic models taking into account the data front radar, speed and cartography, etc.

The four-cylinder versions and the new transmission include ultra quattro, rear axle connectable depending on the needs and distribution Variable, Meanwhile he 3.0 TDI uses the conventional quattro, you can add rear sport differential with the possibility of distribution of torque between the rear wheels.

2017 Audi Q5: powerful and efficient engines

Initially it will have a only petrol engine 2.0 TFSI 252 hp with box S tronic 7-speed, and with four diesel: a block variants 2.0 TDI 150, 163 and 190 hp (The first one 6-speed manual and the remainder S tronic 7), and a 3.0 V6 TDI 286 hp and more than 63 mkg torque associated with a Tiptronic automatic 8-speed.

2017 Audi Q5 testThey will be offered different types of suspension: standard, sport, active and adjustable pneumatic (60 mm) in five levels, regardless of engine choice. The version hybrid, will be plug and with a range of about 50 km in pure electric mode, it will not hit the market until 2018.

During the contact that we have made in the Mexican Baja California only we have had the opportunity to drive the petrol version of 252 hp 2.0 TFSI and the 3.0 TDI 286 hp, both with adjustable air suspension. The gasoline engine is particularly fine, with great ability to climb regime and fairly quiet. Associated with the dual-clutch seven-speed S tronic allows profit from the set in tacking areas because it shows particularly agile, thanks to the lightness of the whole and the rapidity of change gears.

For his part, 3.0 TDI V6, somewhat heavier, takes advantage of his greater power and its massive torque figure that exceeds 60 mkg. Now it has 8-speed Tiptronic torque converter instead of the S tronic 7, enabling you to lengthen the development of change to reduce consumption. Efficiency mode You can decouple the box to shoot ‘sailing’, further lowering spending, you can get to be around 6 l / 100 km on average if not much of the accelerator pedal abused.

His figures benefits are spectacular and always available torque reserve catapulting the Audi Q5 with extreme ease. Highlights the work done on the chassis, with greater rigidity, precise steering and one suspension capable of absorbing strong irregularities with high efficiency.

Not even paved tracks boasts good skills, provided interesting dimensions TT mode lift / offroad. It has the possibility of equipping control system decreases, inclinometer indicator angles of ascent and descent to encourage the driver task. The air suspension provides great comfort and offers the possibility to select five levels of height (or -15 to +45 mm) from the standard mode (178 mm in height), although the highest mode the maximum speed is limited to 35 km / h, automatically lowering the body height if this figure is exceeded. The same goes for the other modes; faster, lower height body. If over a period of about two minutes decelerates, the height of the body returns to its previous level.

In short, it seemed to us a round product quality, equipped with an arsenal of high-level technological aids and very interesting for those who seek a comprehensive and multi-dimensional model. Pneumatic suspension, optional, enhances comfort, increases the usability and promotes driving on any route.