Now in its second generation, the Audi Q5 has grown up a bit and become a more luxurious and more technically impressive car than it used to be. Built on the brand’s new MLB platform, the Audi Q5 is bigger, lighter and more dynamic than before, while also boasting new powertrains and technologies. In other words, it’s better than its predecessor in every single way. And it’s now gone on sale in the UK.
Starting a £37,170, the Audi Q5 will come with front-wheel drive but Quattro all-wheel drive is optional. However, even with Quattro, the rear wheels will decouple from the drivetrain under normal driving conditions, so as to save fuel by reducing drivetrain loss. But once conditions require it, the rear wheels will reconnect and it will become all-wheel drive. The Q5’s Quattro AWD system can make this change in milliseconds.
A 2.0 liter 148 hp TDI engine will be standard and a 3.0 TDI V6 will be the top-of-the-range Q5 model. Obviously, the Audi SQ5 will be the highest-end model but that hasn’t come out yet and neither has pricing. For regular Audi Q5 models, a six-speed manual transmission will be standard with an eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic as an option and probably the better choice. We’re not ones to turn down manuals but the eight-speed auto is perfectly suited to the Q5 and the best gearbox on the planet.
Deliveries for the Q5 start in April in the UK.