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Audi’s popular mid-size Q5 SUV gets some worthwhile updates

David Berthon

Driving Audi’s Q5 SUV today – facelifted with added technology earlier this year and quickly embraced by buyers with sales lifting 50 percent in the first half. In fact. it’s now the No.2 seller in medium SUV’s above $60,000. I tested the entry diesel Audi Q5 40 TDI Quattro, $2,000 dearer in this latest update but competitively priced for this segment at $68,000 plus on-road costs. A 2.0-litre turbo diesel all-wheel-drive with mild hybrid technology and seven-speed dual clutch automatic.

At 1880 kilos it’s no lightweight but feels exceptionally solid and strong. Audi have made minor updates to its styling both inside and out, changes to the grille and daytime running lights giving it a wider and sportier appearance and a lower more appealing stance.

A new 10.1 inch touchscreen is now more prominent although it doesn’t have the usability of the previous models rotary dialer. Like many such touchscreens today they can be frustrating to use with too many menus, and as I’ve mentioned previously, rather distractive when on the move. The Audi Q5 excels in cabin space front and rear, a very comfortable premium medium SUV for four good sized adults, good cargo space and with great instrumentation.

Audi this week announced the arrival next month of the Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback models adding a more sporty character to the Q5 range.

I’m David Berthon

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