2020 Audi Q5 Range including: Q5 45 TFSi Quattro Sport Review

Q5 has been with us since 2017 with subtle nips and tucks along the way.

It is a darling with the SUV-buying Eastern Suburbs princesses. They can be seen parked 2 and 3 abreast at every school between here and Timbuctoo. We used to call them, “gas-guzzlers,” and that was true then, but this is now.

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What’s on the Outside:

Audi is known for discretion in its deliciously understated exteriors.

Q5 45 TFSi Quattro Sport stands on handsome 20” wheels with 255/45 shoes, and the body curves gently as the eye moves along it.

Signature LED lighting has long been an Audi thing. Light clusters are designed to grace the body rather than just being plonked there to make sure people miss you at night. Headlights bend as you go through the corners

At the front, lights have been integrated into the grille trim, and its matte-metal effect design. The grille proudly has the 4-ring badge in the centre, and QUATTRO badge to the left. QUATTRO models use Audi’s AWD system which saw the brand rocket ahead of the rally pack all those decades ago.

An electric tailgate, and smart-entry doors give the classy SUV a final flourish of practicality.

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Inside:

The cabin is simple, subtle and beautifully laid out.

Controls are clustered in groups, and looks complex at first glance. You quickly realise they are set within easy reach with physical buttons and switches you can feel for without having to take your eyes off the road.

Our car included the Technik package with HUD. The driver has a digital cockpit which can display navigation, as well as the usual speed and revs. Driver data can be split and displayed depending on personal preference.

Seats are leather clad, and are heated and cooled with a massage function depending on the package you choose. I’d like to see all that as standard.

Infotainment includes a fix floating tablet in place of the older unit which slid into the dash when not in use. Navigation is standard with inputs via the touch screen, voice, centre console contros, or steering wheel buttons.

Standard audio is a 180watt 10-speaker system which can be upgraded to Bang and Olufsen. The 755 watt B&O unit has 19 speakers with a 3D setting and accent lighting in the front speakers. Apple Carplay/Android Auto uses USB to stream music and other functions, and radio includes DAB+ for those who prefer a connection with the outside world.

Engine:

The superbly smooth 2.0L petrol engine has a turbo-charged 185kw/370Nm punch. The power gets to the AWD system via a 7-speed S tronic double clutch automatic (8 -speed in the SQ50 TDi) and will power Q5 to 100kph in 6.3 seconds. You’ll continue on to a top speed of 237kph if you don’t mind losing your licence.

Consumption is 7.3L/100k, emitting 167g/k of CO2. That’s not bad for such a hefty lass.

The most important thing a buyer will want to know is what Q5 is like to drive, and to that, I simply say, “magnificent.”

The occupants are cocooned rarified air, that has been purified and filtered, and wafts gently through carefully placed vents. External sounds are barely perceivable, with just the merest hint of wind. It matches the supremely smooth ride.

Steering is light and precise.

Q5 is loaded with safety gizmos too. There is active lane control and autonomous emergency braking. Cruise control slows with the traffic slows, and in case you encounter a careless pedestrian, the active bonnet pops up a few centimetres to ensure humans don’t contact hard surfaces like engine parts.

It is safe, elegant, and sophisticated, a very nice place to be.

Handy facts:

  • Weight – 1795kg
  • Towing – 2000kg
  • Fuel – 95ron (but will take 91ron at a pinch)

Conclusion:

Q5 45 TFSi Quattro Sport is a good balance between form and function.

Now that a majority of buyers prefer an SUV style of vehicle, the attributes of sedans have been reinterpreted. Station wagon flexibility has been given added height, more interior space, and a raised driving position.

You’ll manage a little light dirt track work, so reaching your country cabin will be a doddle. It keeps you safe, with most of the clever tech kept out of your way.

Q5 45 TFSi Quattro Sport is decent value, but the packs can add up if you get carried away at the sales desk.

Price: $73,500

Trans: 7-speed S tronic (dual clutch) auto, AWD (QUATTRO)

Engine: 2.0L turbo Petrol

Power: 185 @ 5,000 – 6,000RPM

Torque: 370 @ 1,600 – 4,500 RPM

Economy: 7.3L/100k

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