Audi updates the Q5 heading into 2021

Andrew Cummings
July 2, 2020

Audi has announced an updated version of its Q5 SUV.

According to Audi, the new bumper adds 19 mm to the vehicle's length, which now measures in at 4.68 metres, while the width (1.89 metres), height (1.66 metres) and wheelbase (2.82 metres) remain unchanged from before.

Brandishing new bumpers front and rear, the facelifted Q5 actually measures 19mm longer than before (4682mm) while still riding on the familiar 2820mm wheelbase and sports an altogether angrier look than before thanks to a reworked grille, bigger air intakes and revised LED running lights.

Inside, the new Q5's dashboard is somewhat similar to the outgoing model, and it doesn't carry the modern twin-dashboard setup fitted in its larger siblings. The crossover rides on 17-inch alloy wheels, while 18-inch and 21-inch sized can be optioned.

Inside, the new Q5 benefits from a larger 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen (replacing the old 7- or 8.3-inch screens). For a little extra, customers can also add on and optional head-up display.

Other features include leather seats, a multifunction steering wheel with updated mounted controls, a fully-digital instrument cluster, climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and a host of other features. The turbocharged gasoline engine comes with a low-voltage belt-starter generator that can recapture lost energy from braking or deceleration.

Another cool feature - which sadly, won't be available in Australia for quite some time - tells you the best speed to drive to hit constant green lights without having to speed up to beat a yellow or brake hard if you can't make it. Straight off the bat, the new Q5 takes Audi's latest design philosophy to the next level with an all-new super-sharp looking front fascia, courtesy of a shallower & wider octagonal Singleframe grille. Its powerful two-liter four-cylinder diesel generates 204 PS and 400 Nm of torque, which is matched with a seven-speed S Tronic that sends the engine power to the Quattro all-wheel drive.

The region will also welcome two further power variants of the four-cylinder TDI engine later on, along with a V6 TDI (likely the SQ5 TDI) and two versions of the 2.0 litre four-cylinder TFSI engine.

According to Audi, all four-cylinder variants besides the 45 TFSI will come with a 12V mild-hybrid system while the six-cylinder variants step things up with a 48V system. The side sills are also redesigned, while the rear end now features a new trim element connecting the taillights and a new horizontal diffuser insert. With it, the engine has a total system output of 367 PS and 500 Nm of torque. 0-60 miles per hour takes 5.0 seconds thanks also to the standard seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro AWD. The SQ5 also gets adaptive dampers as standard, with optional air suspension.

The Premium Plus and Prestige cars get an all-digital Audi Virtual Cockpit.

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