The current Audi Q5 is far from obsolete

, but its four years of existence and serious rivals in the segment of premium SUVs have gradually relegated to the second knife. To stay in the race, the reshuffle at the end of 2020, quite complete, is not limited to a new grille. Modernized engines and equipment aim to maintain his talents as a comfortable traveler.

The Audi Q5 second generation has been quiet lately. Everything is relative: its success has simply waned since its arrival in early 2017, and it remains one of the most widely distributed Audi in the world. The best-selling Rings model in the United States, and one of the most widely distributed in Europe, behind the A3 and its little brother Q3 … The Q5, on the other hand, suffers from tough competition. The BMW X3, Mercedes GLC, and Volvo XC60 are doing wonderfully and, more marginal, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio or Lexus NX have also been able to grab some customers.

Like the current Audi A4 with which it shares the platform, which was also redesigned a little over a year ago, the restyling of the Q5 is relatively notable. The general appearance remains the same, but its facies has been completely redesigned: the grille is much wider, as the more recent models in the Audi range, and the contours of the headlights are redesigned (the rear gains OLED lights by the way, with the scrolling indicator). Just enough to justify calling it “novelty”, shall we say … but at least, the restyling is visible and is not confined to two chrome strokes.

Typical Audi, old school

The design of the Q5 is not new … which is rather a good thing in terms of finish and build quality, in accordance with the standards which have made the reputation of the brand. Not that the current Audi is wobbly, but just like the A4 from which it derives, the Q5 dates back to a time when there was less emphasis on economy or the thickness of materials. There, it’s tough, massive, a little austere in the design, but reassuring. Obviously, those nostalgic for the indestructible Audi of the 90s and early 2000s will find fault.

Test Audi Q5 restyled (2021): hide wrinkles he had (almost) no

The only change in the passenger compartment, the wheel of the media system disappears and the display becomes touch. Millimeter finish and materials are always the benchmarks.

Good to know: anticipate the purchase and resale.

It is possible to know the resale or trade-in value of your vehicle thanks to the auto Turbo rating of your Audi Q5, the alternative to the Argus rating.

This also applies to ergonomics and the technology onboard. On this point, it obviously cannot receive the latest assistance from an A6 or A8, but the Q5 had a good idea to keep real buttons for ventilation, for example. On the other hand, the central wheel has disappeared in favor of a large central touch screen now. Not so complicated in its menus, but now you have to reach out and more often take your eyes off the road to navigate the different functions. All-touch is all the rage, but when it comes to automotive advancement, the best is often the enemy of the good.

Finally, the Q5 retains its strengths in welcoming family travelers. The rear seats are large, the seat slides into two parts and the trunk is straight. Not huge (550 l volume is average) but easy to use. Its capacity increases to 620 l, bench seat advanced to the maximum, but the legroom logically loses.

Audi Q5 restyled test (2021): hide the wrinkles that it (almost) did not have

All engines benefit from hybridization, to varying degrees: mild-hybrid or PHEV. The French tax, now delirious, calling for them.

Hybrid or Diesel, for all tastes

The range of engines has been considerably revised. The main changes concern the introduction of two hybrid PHEV (actually launched shortly before the facelift) strong 299 and 367 hp and to sixty kilometers in electricity. Interesting to have provided appropriate use, as always.

This will displease some, but Diesel remains the most consistent fuel for this type of vehicle. An SUV is big, heavy, intended for long motorway stages … the optimal playground for diesel, therefore. Our test model 40 TDI is also the best selling range Q5. This well-known 2-liter TDI 204 hp offers the services of a micro-hybridization. Just like most current Audi heat engines, by the way (48V for the V6, 12V for the 4 cylinders as here).

Audi Q5 restyled test (2021): hide the wrinkles that it (almost) did not have

The interior of the rear lights evolves revised design, OLED lighting, and scrolling indicator. For the rest, the general appearance of the Q5 is unchanged.

The system, composed of an alternator-starter, is imperceptible in use. It simply aims to maximize freewheeling at a stabilized speed or to support starting in particular. Rather efficient at the pump, with 7.5 l recorded on our test … but not enough to escape our government penalty. This engine is approved at 167 g / km in the basic configuration, i.e. a minimum penalty of € 2,544. Too bad, because the 40 TDI is certainly the engine best suited to the Q5: performance is good (0 to 100 km / h in 7.6 s), the revivals are sufficiently muscular (400 Nm) to take the Quattro and its 1,880 kg. The approval is of an excellent level: discreet and felted, it is the smoothness of walking that takes precedence.

We especially remember the princely comfort of the Q5. The piloted suspension does a good job, even in Dynamic mode … Paradoxically, this one is the most recommendable: it preserves excellent support for the car while still filtering irregularities very correctly, despite the presence of large 20-inch rims on our version. The compromise is interesting, neutral as possible, if not a model of agility. The X3 does better.

Audi Q5 restyled test (2021): hide the wrinkles that it (almost) did not have

The controlled suspension preserves an interesting compromise between comfort and dynamism. Reassuring and neutral, if not playful. But as a liveable family traveler, the Q5 excels.

Prices: cursed penalty

Further up the range, if the budget allows, the SQ5 almost delivers sports lap times. 341 hp for the V6 TDI, With a minimum of € 80.800. Less excessive, the 286 hp V6 50 TDI starts at € 70,430 and delivers a much more attractive pleasure than the 4-cylinder in our test. But here, the penalty is surreal: 214 g / km, therefore € 25,349! Who can seriously pay close to 100,000 € for a Q5? This engine, therefore, seems doomed in France, as does the 45 TFSI, the only classic 4-cylinder gasoline offered (265 hp, 193 g, and … € 10,980 CO2 tax).

These tariffs combined with our national penalty (this problem hardly exists except with us, at least in these delirious proportions) should therefore plead in favor of the more modest 35 TDI, the entry-level 163 hp devoid of all-wheel drive (from € 49,890). Approved to 148 g / km, the penalty is limited to 400 €. As to plug-in hybrids, tax-free, the call price of € 62,990 for the 50 TFSIe (299 hp) seems almost cheap in comparison to the above Diesel. This slightly up above the X3 xDrive PHEV 30th (from € 59,600) and Mercedes GLC 300th (61 450 €), but announces a top electric range of ten kilometers (62 km WLTP). To check.

Test Audi Q5 restyled (2021): hide wrinkles he had (almost) no

Stop at the Navacelles circus, south of the Cévennes. The average of our test was established at a little over 7.5 l / 100 km, honorable for a 1.9 t SUV unladen … roughed up on this type of demanding course.

Technical characteristics Audi Q5 restyled (2021)

 

Audi Q5 (2021) Specs
Model tested: Audi Q5 40 TDI Quattro Avus
Dimensions L x W x H 4.682 / 1.893 / 1.662 m
Wheelbase 2.819 m
Min / max trunk volume 550/1550 l
Unloaded weight 1.880 kg
Engine displacement 4 cylinders Diesel, turbo, micro-hybrid 12V – 1.968 cm3
Power 204 hp at 3,800 rev / min
Couple 400 Nm at 1,750 rpm
0 to 100 km / h 7.6 s
Max speed 222 km / h
CO2 rate from 167 to 182 g / km (WLTP)
announced Consumption – raised 6.4 l – 7.0 l / 100 km
Malus 2021 from 2,544 to 6,375 euros
Prices from 49.890 € (Tested model: 64.780 €)