Revised Audi Q5 announced


Audi has announced a mid-life facelift for the Q5, with prices starting at £33,400.

The main changes centre around engine efficiency, with fuel consumption gains of up to 15%. There are four revised engines, two diesel and two petrol.

The two diesel engines are the 2.0 175 bhp four-cylinder and the 3.0 242 bhp six-cylinder. The 2.0 TDI achieves 47.1 mpg and the larger unit manages 44.1 mpg (up from 37.6 mpg) – which makes the V6 very attractive for those that can afford it. The two petrol engines are the 2.0 TFSI (222 bhp and 37.2 mpg) and a new supercharged 3.0 V6 (269 bhp and 33.2 mpg). If that latter figure were to prove achievable in real-world use, it would be impressive for such a powerful petrol engine.

Other enhancements include the option of Audi Connect which brings in-car internet services such as Google Earth, Google Street View, online traffic information and internet radio. There is no doubt that Internet connectivity is the next big thing – we have tried it in BMWs and it is very impressive, so long as you don't inadvertently run up a huge phone bill.

The high-tech theme is continued with the optional Audi drive select system, which enables the driver to vary the operating characteristics of the throttle pedal, the shift points of the automatic transmission, the degree of power steering assistance and the operation of the automatic air conditioning system (although we are not sure how many people would buy an automatic system and then play about with the way it works).

Styling changes are restricted to new headlights and a slightly revised front grille. It will be available to order from May.