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What is it?

A facelifted version of the Q5 boasting a host of visual, and equipment upgrades-all aimed at its competitiveness against key European SUV rivals such as the second-generation BMW X3. reworked Mercedes-Benz GLK and the Volvo .

Set to reach North American in September, the Audi hardly any different from the existing on sale since 2009. closely, though, and you discover there are some subtle changes that help to the new Q5 from its predecessor.

Up front is revised six-corner, single-frame and a reprofiled bumper with air ducts, both designed to the Q5 greater visual width. The while retaining much the shape as before, are also and they also come reworked LED graphics as an option to the five-seater a more distinctive appearance.

At the rear, the tail lamps the same shape but get revised LED while the bumper sports a new with an altered lower and the tailpipes get a new look with trims that are flattened at the Buyers can also choose new 18-, 19- and 20-inch alloy

The changes inside are even subtle, a sign perhaps of how sound the original Q5’s interior was at launch four ago.

There is a new range of wheels, some classy options and the latest version of Multi Media Interface now boasting four buttons of eight to control the navigation, and other functions, including services such as Google and Google Street View for the time. But that’s about it.

America continues to receive a 2.0-liter gasoline unit 211 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. There is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with 272 hp and 295 of torque in the Q5 3.0 TFSI, replacing the naturally aspirated V6.

Another important entry is the Q5 It also uses the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline assisted by an electric motor, for a output of 245 hp and 355 lb-ft of torque. capable of operating in electric only for distances of up to two miles, energy supplied by a modest lithium-ion battery mounted in the of the trunk.

Also planned, but not to reach the U.S. market summer 2013, is the Q5 3.0 TDI running a 3.0-liter V6 common-rail diesel with 245 hp and solid 427 lb-ft of

All Q5 models bound for North all will receive a standard automatic gearbox—as opposed to the six-speed unit of the prefacelift with steering-wheel-mounted shift Audi is claiming a 15 percent in efficiency across the lineup, features such as automatic brake-energy recuperation and thermal now included standard. The seven-speed S tronic gearbox available in versions of the new Audi won’t be in the States.

As with the current lineup, all new Q5 will be sold exclusively all-wheel drive.

There’s a new electromechanical steering system. It the earlier hydraulic setup, further fuel-saving advantages.

is it like?

The facelifted Q5 is entering one of the hotly contested segments of the However, it has a lot going for it, including quality, which continues to the SUV competition on a number of fronts. The fit and on the early production examples we were exquisite.

The engine Audi brought to its midsize SUV for make it more compelling ever. It’s just a that the company has decided not to more available in North All examples at the launch in Munich the newer EA888 unit, with Audi’s valve system, so they weren’t representative of what we’ll get later in the year.

But with 60 percent of total of the Q5 in North American up to now, its is not lost on Audi.

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The Q5 hybrid, has finally gone into production after a four-year phase, is vastly improved the earlier prototype version we a while back, most in the synchronization of its gasoline engine and motor. But with limited range, it is destined to remain a on U.S. roads, at least it receives plug-in capability.

Of the then, it is the Q5 3.0 TFSI running the new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline that, on first acquaintance, to be the pick of the North American While official pricing are yet to be revealed, it likely will for close to the $43,000 of its predecessor.

The new V6 does a commendable job of hauling the Q5’s considerable 4,057-pound weight. Off-the-line acceleration and performance is encouragingly strong-it’s rocket ship, but neither it feel wanting in any way.

Dynamically, the Q5 feels more than ever. With patented Torsen torque-sensing system apportioning drive to all wheels, traction is always It also provides tenacious in corners.

The new electromechanical steering is more responsive and boasts levels of weighting than the old system. The ride is also controlled over a variety of surfaces. The springing is softer and the phase is much more with the result being there is less high-frequency movement and greater levels of

Among the many options, and one worth considering, is Audi’s Select feature, which the driver to alter the steering throttle response, gearbox points and damping firmness.

Do I one?

The Q5 has proved to be a huge with more than sales worldwide since its to the Audi lineup in 2008.

facelifted model doesn’t a radical transformation, but it brings a of timely improvements, not least to the and chassis. Our first drive that they’re sufficient to ensure that the Q5 will to enjoy strong showroom against a backdrop of increased competition.

For those who have been the subtle approach Audi to raising the appeal of the Q5 should ensure solid retained for used examples.

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