Comparison: Audi Q5 old vs. new

The second generation of Audi’s popular Q5 SUV is here, we give you the details. 


True to their conservative yet stylish design language, the newest Q5 looks very similar to its predecessor but shows a few important design details. These include the brand’s trademark radiator grill, slimmer headlights with LED or Matrix LED technology and dynamic (swooping) indicators.

Inside, it certainly can’t deny its Ingolstadt roots with that inimitable feel of premium durability. Although optional on some models, Audi’s digital climate control, intuitive MMI multimedia system and “Virtual Cockpit” digital instrument cluster will please even the most hardened gadget freaks.


Like most newcomers, the new Q5 is slightly bigger in every measurable dimension. Should you wish to see if it’ll fit in your garage, go with 4.66m length by 1.89m width and 1.66m height. Other crucial numbers include a 90kg weight saving on most models and 750kg un-braked towing capacity.

Depending on how you arrange its rear furniture, the new Audi Q5 can swallow between 550 and 1,550 litres of luggage, a bit more than its precursor. All occupants enjoy slightly more room than before while Audi has made considerable effort to reduce the SUV’s levels of noise, vibration and harshness.


For increased dynamism and efficiency, the Q5 is currently available with either a two-litre turbo-diesel (140kW/400Nm) or turbo-petrol (185kW/370Nm) four cylinder engine.

Further developments of the drive train, coupled to the aforementioned weight savings, make the new Q5 even more fuel efficient. Expect a best-case scenario of 4.9L/100km from the TDi and 6.8 from a TSi. Their 70L fuel tanks give a theoretical maximum range of 1,320km and 1,020km respectively.

Power is delivered to all four wheels via Audi’s intelligent Quattro all-wheel-drive system and the renowned seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. Optional drive modes and adaptive systems guarantee the perfect response to driver inputs at any time on almost any terrain.

Safety and Technology

All second-generation Audi Q5’s come standard with six airbags and a full complement of driver aids. These include the latest vehicle stability system with multiple braking and emergency assistants. You may even choose to order auto-brake or collision avoidance, turn assist, cross-traffic alert or exit warning systems.

Besides the cabin features mentioned earlier, the Q5’s navigation system can also analyse and suggest more efficient routes based on the vehicle’s regular movements. Also available: Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration, rear seat and tablet entertainment or an LTE sim card with Wifi capability.

For further details and local availability, please visit your nearest Audi Centre to familiarise yourself with the many aspects of the amazing new Audi Q5.

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