The Audi Q5 is an SUV based on the A5 sedan that is set to compete with BMW's X5. The Q5 is available with three distinct power trains including one gasoline engine and two turbo diesel units, all taking advantage of direct injection and forced induction while returning impressive fuel consumption numbers. The entry level model is the 2.0 TFSI version that makes 211 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque consuming 27 MPG. There is also a 2.0 TDI mill with common rail injection that makes 170 HP and 258 lb-ft of torque while returning an average of 35 MPG. Meanwhile the top of the line Q5 is powered by a 3.0 Liter TDI V6 that makes 240 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque, accelerates from 0 to 60 MPH in 6.5 seconds can reach a top speed of 140 MPH all while getting an average of 30.55 MPG.
Last month there were rumors suggesting that Audi would be bringing the Q5 Hybrid to the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show . Shortly after, Audi stripped away all of our hope by denying those rumors. Now, here comes the confusing part; if you take a look on any Audi European page, you’ll see that the Q5 Hybrid Quattro has already been presented there, with all the official details. We typically wouldn’t believe just one webpage, thinking that maybe it was a webmaster error, but we don’t think that’s the case with this story. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on our part, but we think that this is more than that.
With the Q5 Hybrid Quattro, Audi wanted to offer a hybrid model that cultivated the typical Audi sportiness. The new model is said to be the pioneer of electric mobility for Audi. It combines a 2.0L TFSI petrol engine with a high-performance 33 kilowatt electric motor. When driven at less than 37mph, the electric motor offers an autonomy of 1.86 miles.
Updated 11/10/2010: Audi has unveiled today the official details on the Q5 Hybrid Quattro - the first full hybrid in the premium mid-sized class. There is also a nice driving footage and quite an impressive high res image gallery. Check them out!
Could this Audi be the perfect mix of environmental awareness and sportiness? See for yourself after the jump.
Audi has just confirmed that a hybrid version of the Q5 SUV will be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show this November. The new version will be offered to both Europe and America.
We already know that the Q5 will carry the same hybrid powertrain found in the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg , but we are curious to see what else Audi has planned for the SUV.
The Cayenne Hybrid is powered by a 47 hp electric motor combined to a 333 hp compressor engine. The two drive units deliver a total of 380 HP and peak torque of 427 lb-ft at just 1,000 rpm. However, for the Q5 Hybrid, we expect a 211 HP four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI engine combined with a 45 hp electric motor which would make it the first compact SUV on the market to utilize a hybrid powertrain.
We’ll get back with more details after the official debut!
UPDATE 10/12/2010: AutoEvolution has just received an email from Audi denying the rumors that the Q5 would be making an appearance at the LA Auto Show. Could this be true or are they just not ready to let the cat out of the bag? You be the judge!
Audi has unveiled a new commercial for the Audi Q5 Quattro. The ad features a bunch of guys riding their mountain bikes in an effort to teach all of us a thing or two about the capability of the Audi SUV. Apparently, the Q5 can run through the woods and trail through all of the rough terrain they have to offer, just like the killer mountain bikes. Want some visual confirmation? Check out the video and see for yourself
The Audi Q5 is rolling off the production line in three engine variants – one gasoline engine and two TDI units. All of the engines are direct-injection models with a turbocharger – characterized by outstanding performance, hefty propulsive power and cultivated running while at the same time offering impressive fuel efficiency. The most powerful engine in the line-up is the 3.0 TDI engine that delivers 240 HP and 500 NM of torque. This version can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 225 km/h (139.81 mph).
Have some cash to blow, but the wife, and/or husband, won’t let you buy a Porsche ? Well, as bad as that might be, mid-range crossovers won’t solve that pain. Instead, they’ll provide a luxury driving experience with the fun factor of getting stabbed.
Okay, so maybe it’s not that bad. As much as we don’t like crossovers, we do think they’re better than massive SUVs. Some can even be fun to drive now and again. For these tests we will be looking at style, image, standard equipment, interior space, and driving dynamics. Price will also be considered, but not as much as the other areas.
We will have to get a price cap to keep things in the mid-level, so we’ll set it at $45,000. That should be more than enough to get the lower end luxury models from Cadillac plus the German and Japanese car companies.
Usually, all the Audi models have, at some point, an S and an RS version and since the Q5 has acquired some stiff competition with the BMW X5 and the BMW X5M, the company decided to offer more options of the Q5 for their customers.
The first to arrive on the market is the SQ5, a model inspired by the Q5 Custom Concept . It will arrive in 2011 and will be powered by a super-charged 3.0 liter V6 engine with a compressor comparable to Audi’s existing S4 . This car will be delivering an output of 333 horsepower. While most of the car is the same with the standard Q5 version, a couple of striking differences between a standard Q5 and the SQ5 will include, among others, a new front and rear spoiler and a rear diffuser, quad exhaust and a chrome "S" grille.
The next step will be the RSQ5, a model powered by the same 3.0 TFSI V6 engine and will deliver 408 hp and 500 Nm of torque.
There is a soft spot in our hearts for BMW and with the SQ5 and the RSQ5 producing 333hp and 408hp, respectively, we stand strong on the 555hp produced by the BMW X5M . We can only hope that this new competition will lead BMW to an X3M model. If you happen to be an Audi lover, don’t worry, we will keep a lookout for any type of confirmation on these two new Audi models. Who knows, if they do debut, maybe it will get us to change our minds.
About a month ago, ENCO Exclusive revealed a tuning package for the Audi Q7 SUV . Now, it looks like those guys are far from finished after revealing yet another Audi tuning kit, this time for the smaller Q5.
Among the features included in ENCO Exclusive’s Q5 kit includes large blackened air inlets to both sides of the radiator grille, a new hood with a sublime mid-section with two chrome air outlets, a new front spoiler, a rear bumper skirt with exhaust pipes and a rear spoiler. The package is finished by brand new silver monoblock set of 22-inch wheels in Enco "Jura" design.
Jamiroquai front man Jay Kay is a consummate automotive consumer, and if his personal collection of super cars isn’t enough to convince you then just take the German luxury car builder Audi’s word for it because they put the singer behind the wheel of a new Audi Q5 crossover to see what he thinks of the new car. Jay Kay was particularly fond of the Q5’s aggressive exterior lines as well as the full length sunroof that opens up the interior as well as the spacious accommodations for up to six passengers and the ability to carry loads of cargo. But don’t take our word for it, see for yourself.
The German automaker Audi has just announced prices for the 2010 A4 and A5 sedan and coupe as well as the Q5 compact crossover. In the appropriate Vorsprung das Tecnik fashion, each of the luxury vehicles have been improved for next year. The A4 and A5 now feature LED tail lights as part of the Premium Plus and Prestige trim packages, the sporty A5 will also receive, for the first time, the same fuel efficient 2.0 Liter TFSI direct-injection four cylinder engine that is offered in the A4. The larger Q5 Prestige will also offer an optional Luxury Package to make customers feel like their money was well spent.
The 2010 Audi A4 will start at $31,450 equipped with the TFSI 2.0 Liter driving the front wheels and goes all the way up to $42,250 for the quattro version when they start to make their way into showrooms. The sporty A5 will start out at $36,000 for a 2.0 TFSI powered quattro Coupe with a manual transmission and will go all the way up to $45,500 for a Tiptronic. The Audi Q5 SUV is not only the heaviest of the bunch, but will also tip the monetary scales the most with a starting rice of $37,350 that climbs to $48,850 depending on how luxurious a packages you prefer.
Audi is offering new entry-level engines for both the Audi Q5 and Audi A4 Allroad. The Q5 gets the 2.0 TDI and the 2.0-liter TFSI, both in conjunction with the 6-speed manual transmission. The diesel engine is also available for the A4 Allroad.
Both engines are in-line four-cylinder engines with direct injection, with the diesel version developing 143 hp and the gasoline one 180 hp.
The Volkswagen tuner, Caractere has been adding a little more character to the smaller end of Audi’s SUV lineup. Keeping things simple, the men in charge of reworking the Q5 left the insides alone and instead focused on improving the crossover aesthetically. The stylists have given the Audi Q5 a much more aggressive exterior. The kit consists of a new front bumper with larger more aggressive openings and is still compatible with the factory optional S-line trim. The rear spoiler, offered with or without the winglets add to the sporty impression, but it is the wide wheel arches that set the Caractere Q5 apart from any other compact crossover.
Everything about the exterior is purpose built. The front bumper is specially designed to bring more fresh cool air to the engine. The rear diffuser and roof spoiler work together to improve the vehicle’s drag coefficient and allow the Q5 to move through the air with less restraint. The new wheels are a signature of the German tuners, the low profile tires allow the small SUV to go round corners easily improving grip and stability.
You can check out the company’s web site by clicking the link below. Once there you can look at how the German tuners work their magic on the entire Volkswagen family. Click on the gallery below to see the Caractere Q5 from every angle imaginable.