The new Audi Q5 continues to set the standard for the luxury SUV segment, with 2019 updates focused on the enhanced package and trim options. New for 2019, the Q5 receives standard heated front seats, rear electric child locks, Audi Connect CARE, 7” color infotainment driver display and roof crossbars as standard equipment.
New standard features at the Premium Plus trim level include Audi MMI Navigation Plus with MMI touch, USB charge ports for rear seat passengers, and an Audi phone box with wireless charging and signal boost. A newly available black optic package for Q5 drivers features a new 20” wheel design with titanium matte finish and all-season tires, matte black roof rails, and titanium black exterior trim.
For the first time, the SQ5 is available at the Premium trim level and includes standard equipment such as S-model exterior elements, LED headlights and LED taillights with dynamic turn signals and heated 8-way power front seats with 4-way power. The available updated convenience package for all Q5 models now includes Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear. Park assist is now standard for Prestige trims.
The Audi Q5 is available with a choice of four engines: three TDI units and one TFSI. Particularly the 2.0 TDI engines a 150 horsepower, 163 horsepower and 190 horsepower all offer great efficiency. The entry-level diesel, which is combined with a six-speed manual transmission, achieves 52.3 US mpg on the highway. The updated 2.0 TFSI produces 252 horsepower and achieves 34.6 US mpg on the highway.
Models equipped with more powerful four-cylinder TDI engines and the 2.0 TFSI come standard with the seven-speed S Tronic and Quattro with ultra technology. It offers maximum efficiency, providing the traction and driving dynamics of full-time systems. The Q5 normally operates in front-wheel drive mode, but when all-wheel-drive traction is needed, it is immediately available.
The ride of the Audi Q5 is both sporty and comfortable. The foundation of this is the newly developed five-link suspension and a new electromechanical power steering system. Optionally available is the dynamic steering, which changes its ratio as a function of speed and steering angle. Customers can choose from two configurations of springs and damping. The suspension with damper control offers a very wide range of adjustability, which the driver can select via Audi drive select. The new adaptive air suspension adjusts the damper settings in five stages and also varies the ride height for easier loading and offloading of passengers and cargos, as well as providing extra clearance on rough roads.
Interior and Controls
MMI terminal located in the center console serves as the main control panel. The top infotainment system, the MMI navigation plus with MMI touch and an 8.3-inch display, integrates a touchpad into the rotary/push-button control. It recognizes handwritten entries as well as gestures familiar for smartphones and tablets, such as zooming. When the Q5 is equipped with an automatic transmission, it also has the larger MMI all-in-touch including haptic feedback. The MMI offers such features as intelligent free-text search. The natural-language voice control function also recognizes inputs from everyday speech. The multifunction steering wheel serves as an additional third operating level.
Customers can also opt for the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit. It displays graphics on a high-resolution 12.3-inch screen. The driver can choose between two different display modes, including a heads-up display that projects key information onto the windshield. Rounding out the range of options are a heated steering wheel, seats with massage function and ambient lighting that illuminates the interior in a choice of 30 different colors.
Seating and Cargo Room
The interior offers ample space for five. The rear seat backrest of the Q5 is split into three segments. Longitudinal and seat back angle adjustment are optional. Depending on the position of the back seat, the luggage compartment has a base capacity of 19.4 to 21.5 cu. ft. When the rear seat is folded down, the luggage compartment grows to 54.7 cu. ft. Cargo loading is simplified by intelligent solutions like a standard, variable folding mat, optional sensory control of the power tailgate and manual lowering of the body via the optional air suspension.
Infotainment and Audi Connect
MMI Navigation Plus utilizes the Audi connect module to integrate LTE capabilities and a Wi-Fi hotspot which allows the passenger online access with up to eight mobile devices. The Audi smartphone interface also brings Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the SUV. It also charges smartphones that support the Qi standard inductively. The Bang & Olufsen Sound System with innovative 3D sound introduces the spatial dimension of height.
Safety and Assistance Systems
With its intelligent interplay, the systems represent a step towards piloted driving. They are bundled into three packages: tour, city, and parking. The predictive efficiency assistant uses specific information about the car’s surroundings to help the driver save fuel. Adaptive cruise control (ACC), including Traffic Jam Assist, can take over some of the steering work in slow-moving traffic. Audi’s Active Lane Assist makes it easier to stay in your lane. The Distance Warning display alerts the driver when the distance to another vehicle drops below a safe distance.
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