For its second generation, the Audi Q5 takes the usual recipe for new models to the Rings, a style almost unchanged hiding enormous technical developments. For the best and for the price!
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“If your ramage refers to your plumage, you are the Phoenix of the hosts of these woods,” said the fox to the raven in the famous fable of Jean de La Fontaine. Fortunately for the new Audi Q5, its plumage almost identical to that of its first generation does not correspond to its former form. The new platform, the new all-wheel drive, new cabin, air suspension or renewal of engines and technological equipment, the SUV to the Rings is all beautiful, brand new. Of course, his style very close to the old, which we would have just stretched the lines to make it look like the Q7, could disappoint more than one. To these disappointed, Audi replies that with 1.6 million copies sold worldwide, including 45,500 in France, and especially an annual growth since its launch in 2008, the Q5 could not old-fashioned his old version, nor the risk of displeasing a clientele that has brought him to the firmament of his segment.
A small Q7 with A4 genes
Detached by a very good Mercedes GLC, the Q5 is not revolutionized. Barely larger (+ 3.4 cm), it has a slightly longer wheelbase (+ 1 cm) impossible to see with the naked eye. If the rear habitability is good, it is especially the ability to slide the back seat (40/20/40) is interesting. A maneuver to win in place, or trunk since it allows to reach the 610 liters against 550 l in normal configuration (1.550 l with the bench folded). The biggest visible change to the Q5 is in the front seats. The dashboard and the center console are a mix of the latest A4 and A5 but also the Q7. The result is excellent with a presentation that is both simple and modern, with the addition of the now unavoidable Virtual Cockpit available standard from the second level of finish. But regulars will need a time of adaptation to control the controls of the Virtual Cockpit as well as those of a system of infotainment less intuitive than before. And the quality in all this? Now assembled in Mexico, the Q5 could be feared a degradation of its assembly and its materials. Apart from a small game at the hood and some vibration of the furniture above 80 km / h on degraded roads, the rest is in line with the standards of the German brand. Logical when you know that Mexican employees had to spend several weeks in training in Ingolstadt!
Technological but expensive!
By renewing itself, the Q5 has inherited all the latest technologies from Audi including those of the new A4. These include the head-up display, traffic assistance in traffic jams, the pedestrian detector or the collision avoidance assistant. But to benefit from all this equipment, you have to put your hand in the wallet by picking either in the options or opting for the highest finishes. Suddenly, the 40,750 € of the basic model (2.0 TDI 150 hp) climb quickly to more than 70,000 € for the 2.0 TDI 190 hp in finish Avus and provided with all the latest driving aids. A very salty addition, 2.000 € higher than the old generation.