Audi Q5 Facelift Brings Forth A Tsunami of Styling Updates
Yes, Audi Yes. You have done it again. What have they done again you may well ask? The updated/facelifted Audi Q5. Even an Audi facelift is done better than any other manufacturer. On the outside new front and rear bumper designs increases the length of the vehicle by 19mm. You will also notice new LED headlights, which are now fitted standard across the range. Matrix LED headlights, which enhances night time driving, are optional, but include that must-have feature, Dynamic indicators! The taillights are now available with OLED lighting, but only as an option.
The re-profiled front bumpers also house a re-designed Singleframe grille, it is now thinner and wider. You will also notice re-profiled side sills and a new horizontal rear diffuser. Alloy wheel sizes range from 18-inches for entry-level models to 21 inches for range-toppers such as the SQ5. As for the SQ5, it is now available with an optional black optic package for that middle-class gangsta look.
The interior receives minor updates. The infotainment touchscreen system increases in size to 10.1-inches. The infotainment User Interface, MMI, receives a new graphical and processor update. If you prefer not to use the stock infotainment UI, then AppleCarplay and Android Auto is included. The MMI Navigation Plus, Audi connect and Audi Virtual Cockpit is now standard range-wide.
A selection of new materials such as wood inlays, leather upholstery and gloss black inserts complete the updated interior options list. And last of all, probably most important of all, is the 705-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system which features 29 speakers, a 16 channel amplifier and 3D sound… it’s optional.
The engine range remains much the same, albeit Audi has re-programmed the ECU to politely ask the engine to increase power for base models. As an example, the tried and tested 2.0-litre four-cylinder mild-hybrid diesel engine is now cleaner. The engine now incorporates a mild-hybrid system, power is increased from 190PS to 204PS, and peak torque of 400Nm.
The Q5 is also offered with a plug-in hybrid derivative. The Q5 55 TFSi e Quattro mates an electric motor and 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbo petrol engine to deliver total system power of 362bhp and 500Nm of torque. But the Q5 PHEV will be offered at a later date.
The updated Audi Q5 range is available in the UK later this summer priced from £42,950 OTR