The longitudinally-mounted engines in the Q5 are familiar but still relatively fresh: the 2.0 TDI is the VW Group’s more recent common-rail unit, tested here in its higher-output guise with 168bhp and 258lb ft although there’s also a 141bhp version. The 2.0 petrol TFSI is the reworked design first seen in the VW Scirocco, except here it has variable valve lift to boost power to 208bhp; a 176bhp version is also offered.
Whether manual or seven-speed S-Tronic, Audi, as it did with the A4, has positioned the Q5’s front differential ahead of the gearbox, and directly behind the engine, allowing the front axle to move forward to help improve ride comfort. With its impressive smoothness, this high-output diesel engine is one of the Q5’s stand-out features. It powers this SUV to 60mph in 9.9sec and requires 7.8sec to accelerate from 50 to 70mph in fifth.
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-62.1 mph) in sec, 8.5
Top Speed: 220-234 km/h (254+ mph)
the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 220 horsepower.
Handling and Braking
The Audi Q5 comes standard with all-wheel drive, and an available Audi Drive Select system allows you to adjust transmission, suspension and steering settings as well as throttle response. Reviewers praise the Q5’s athletic handling and say it rounds corners more confidently than most rivals. Automotive journalists note that the Q5’s ride may be too firm for some car buyers. Some critics say the Q5’s steering sometimes exhibits understeer and can feel heavy at slower speeds.