This our Audi Q5 comes well loaded with desirable essentials such as Satellite navigation system with colour, 7.0 inch display, 3D and voice and traffic information, 7.0 inch entertainment display with DVD player located at the front, Bi-Xenon low beam Bi-Xenon high beam headlights with ellipsoidal lenses, Bluetooth includes phone connection, Connections for iPod, USB and auxiliary audio devices, Front and rear radar-type parking distance sensors, S line Plus trim level, Single 7.0 inch multi-function display screen, Steering wheel mounted remote audio controls and much more.
Diesel 47.9 combined MPG
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Audio system with digital media card reader and CD player that reads MP3 CDs ; radio receives AM/FM/LW, digital and RDS, Automatic air conditioning with three climate control zones and rear controls, MP3 player, Steering wheel mounted remote audio controls
|Badge Engine CC:||2.0|
|Based On ID:||69698|
|Coin Description:||TDI  Quattro|
|Coin Series:||S Line Plus|
|Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07:||29E|
|Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years:||12|
|Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years:||3|
|NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:||N|
|NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:||N|
|NCAP Safety Assist %:||N|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage:||60000|
|Standard manufacturers warranty - Years:||3|
|Vehicle Homologation Class:||M1|
|Standard Euro Emissions:||EURO 6|
|Cylinders - Bore (mm):||81|
|Cylinders - Stroke (mm):||95.5|
|Engine Layout:||NORTH SOUTH|
|Fuel Delivery:||COMMON RAIL|
|Number of Valves:||16|
|EC Combined (mpg):||47.9|
|EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies:||True|
|EC Extra Urban (mpg):||52.3|
|EC Urban (mpg):||41.5|
|0 to 62 mph (secs):||8.4|
|Engine Power - BHP:||190|
|Engine Power - KW:||140|
|Engine Power - PS:||True|
|Engine Power - RPM:||3800|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT:||295|
|Engine Torque - MKG:||41|
|Engine Torque - NM:||400|
|Engine Torque - RPM:||1750|
|Tyre Size Front:||255/45 R20|
|Tyre Size Rear:||255/45 R20|
|Tyre Size Spare:||TYRE REPAIR KIT|
|Wheel Style:||5 SEGMENT SPOKE|
|Wheel Type:||20" ALLOY|
|Height (including roof rails):||1655|
|Width (including mirrors):||2089|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres):||75|
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||2430|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Down):||1560|
|Luggage Capacity (Seats Up):||540|
|Max. Loading Weight:||610|
|Max. Roof Load:||75|
|Max. Towing Weight - Braked:||2400|
|Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked:||750|
|No. of Seats:||5|
|Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb:||11.7|
By Jonathan Crouch
Audi's understated Q5 continued in its subtle conquest of the premium compact SUV sector in the facelifted post-2012 guise we look at here. This improved first generation model got a range of more efficient engines and even more car-like driving dynamics that made this model great on tarmac and even pretty effective for light off road use. There's loads of advanced technology and a beautifully practical interior crafted in Audi's own inimitable style. In short, if you can afford it, you'd like one.
5dr 4x4 (2.0 TFSI petrol 2.0 TDI, 3.0 TDI diesel [base, SE, S line])
In many ways, Audi owns the premium part of the compact SUV segment. Has done ever since this car, the Q5, was introduced in 2008. Back then, it didn't have much to beat, with only BMW's aging first generation X3, Volvo's quirky XC60 and Land Rover's more utilitarian Freelander offering alternatives to buyers wanting the class and road manners of a compact executive estate but the high-set driving position of a proper SUV. In the years following the Q5's original launch though, the opposition caught up, BMW announcing a second generation X3 and Land Rover introducing its avant garde Range Rover Evoque. Hence the need for the Q5 to up its game in 2012 with a far-reaching package of enhancements. These included tweaked styling but the really important change came with a redesigned engine range offering extra power and lower running costs. There was also extra high-tech equipment and, for those who could afford it, a frantically fast SQ5 flagship model. Audi, you see, doesn't do things by halves. As a result, the Q5 was refettled sufficiently to last all the way to late 2016, when an all-new second generation model was launched. Let's checked the facelifted MK1 version out as a used car buy.
Audi doesn't like to radically alter the appearance of its cars when it chooses to update them - and it didn't here. As a result, with this facelifted first generation Q5, the coupe-like roofline and the wrap-around tailgate remained as before as part of a shape that, as previously, remained 210mm taller than the kind of Audi A4 that buyers could also have considered in this era. However, the post-2012 Q5 package was considerably enhanced by a subtle series of updates. These included revised headlamps featuring xenon lighting. Most models got these headlights framed by LED daytime running lights, the lamps flanking a smarter high-gloss black single-frame front grille with bevelled upper edges. Further detail changes included modified bumpers with high gloss black inserts and foglights with chrome rings. For many buyers though, it was more important to note that the facelift changes included the addition of roof rails and cross bars as standard equipment. Inside, the mid-term update tweaks were equally low key, though owners of the original version of this model will notice the extra splashes of chrome and high gloss black trim, the clearer instruments, the neater control stalks and the simpler-to-use MMI infotainment system. Otherwise, not much changed - which meant that potential buyers could continue to expect a very classy cabin indeed, though one that some may feel could have been a bit further distanced from that of an ordinary Audi A4. Even the driving position doesn't feel that different, your perch not quite as high-set as you'll find in less dynamically-oriented cars of this kind. In the back, thanks to the long 2.81-metre wheelbase, the reclinable rear seat offers comfortable space for two adults - or three at a push, people who'll thank you for finding a Q5 whose original owner specified the extra cost 'Rear Bench Seat Plus' option which enables the rear bench to slide back and forth to prioritise either passenger legroom of luggage space. And talking of luggage space, well though the 540-litre cargo bay isn't the largest in the class, it's not far off it and has a useful selection of hooks, power sockets and fastenings, flexibility that some original buyers added to by specifying Audi's neat rail-mounted load security system. Go for a variant that was originally fitted with the sliding rear seat and you also get a useful through-load system for longer items, but if you need more room than that, pushing forward the 60/40 split-folding rear seat increases the capacity to 1,560-litres - or more if you find a car specified with the fold-flat front passenger seat. In that case, there's enough load length to carry a surfboard should you so wish.
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Most Q5 owners we surveyed were very happy with their cars but inevitably, there were a few issues reported. One owner reported premature brake wear, another talked of excessive oil consumption and another had had a complete transmission failure. One owner had a problem with shuddering and bucking on inclines, something which was eventually traced to the need for a new fuel injector. As for minor issues reported that you might want to look out, well one owner had a problem with rattles in three areas of the car - in the driver's side door, in the driver's seatbelt mount and around the area of the cargo cover. It's unlikely that too many Q5s will have been used off-road in anger but just in case, give a thorough check to the under body of the car and make sure those wheels are in decent shape. Wheel damage is more likely to have come from urban kerb stones than Rubicon trail boulders and so are the parking knocks that the Q5 may have collected. Audi's quattro 4x4 system should prove reliable and the engines have all been used extensively in other Audi models so there should be little cause for concern there.
(approx based on a 2013 Q5 2.0 TDI - Ex Vat) An air filter costs around £16, an oil filter costs in the £8 to £10 bracket and a fuel filter costs in the £22 to £33 bracket. Brake pads sit in the £28 to £38 bracket for a set, though you could pay up to around £55 to £65 for a pricier brand. Brake discs cost around £127, though you could spend up to around £200 for a disc from a pricier brand. You'll pay around £15 for a drive belt, around £60 for a thermostat, around £86 for a water pump and in the £115 to £130 bracket for a radiator. Tyres sit in the £35 to £45 bracket. Wiper blades cost in the £10 to £18 bracket, though you could pay up to around £35 for pricier brands. The wing mirror glass is priced in the £30 to £35 bracket.
At launch, this Q5 set a new benchmark for sporty handling in compact SUVs, feeling much like the conventional Audi A4 saloon and estate models upon which it was based. If you had to criticise, you'd have said that the steering could have been sharper and the ride was a bit firm - but that was about it. Otherwise, here at last was a model of this kind you could buy without the usual clunky dynamic downsides. By 2012 though, that clear class leadership had been eroded with the launch of the Range Rover Evoque and a new generation version of BMW's X3. Both showed just how good a car like this could really be on tarmac while retaining more than a modicum of off road ability. So with this facelifted first generation model, Audi responded in kind. Suspension tweaks softened the ride and a new electro-mechanical steering system offered more feel around the bends. Buyers of this improved version also found an almost completely new engine range beneath the bonnet, all the units employing turbocharging, direct injection and a stop-start system for frugal emissions. The result of all this was that every unit managed the clever trick of offering more power with lower running costs. And no engine demonstrates that better than the one quite a few customers chose, the petrol 2.0TFSI. Don't confuse this unit with the old 180PS engine of the same name that was in the original version of this Q5: this one's very different. For a start, it develops a lot more power - 225PS - good enough to get you to 62mph from rest in just 7.1s on the way to 138mph, but what's really important is that the pulling power - 350Nm of it - that undergirds all that grunt is accessible far lower down in the rev range, from just 1,500rpm. So much so that you've really got to have a need for speed to want to opt for the pokier petrol option, also different in this revised Q5, a supercharged 3.0 TFSI unit good for 272PS that improves those figures to 5.9s and 145mph but had to be ordered with the eight-speed tiptronic auto transmission that was optional on the 2.0-litre variant. The majority of Q5 buyers though, continued to give these petrol choices no more than a cursory glance on their way to sign up for one of the diesels. In most cases, that meant a preference for the 2.0-litre TDI unit, which in this facelifted model was slightly pokier with 177PS on tap, good enough to get this Q5 to 62mph in 9.0s on the way to 127mph, performance that's hardly affected if you choose a variant with the high-tech twin-clutch S tronic 7-speed auto gearbox. The same transmission is the only option should you go for the considerably quicker 245PS 3.0 TDI version that manages 6.5s and 140mph. This variant represents the final stepping stone to the desirable flagship model, the potent SQ5 3.0 TDI bi-turbo that offers 313PS accessible via an 8-speed tiptronic auto 'box, needs just 5.9s to make 62mph and has to be electronically restrained at 155mph. Whichever Q5 you choose, it'll come as standard with quattro permanent all-wheel drive - which is worth pointing out, 4x4 mechanicals no longer being a given on small SUVs these days. As you'd expect from a performance-minded car of this kind, this set-up is very much tarmac-orientated, with a centre differential pushing 60% of the grunt on offer to the rear wheels but able to rapidly re-distribute power when necessary. As might be required, for example, during sharp cornering that's aided by torque vectoring brakes for tighter turn-in. The other situation that'll see the quattro system earn its keep is of course when you venture on to an unpaved surface, statistically a rare occurrence for SUV owners. Audi reckons that only 2% of them have ever driven across 'rough country'. Should they try and do so in one of these, they might actually find themselves a little surprised by what it can do, providing they stick to the gravel tracks, sand and light off piste use for which this car was designed. There are no extra knobs or levers of course - nothing as crude as that. The car itself will sense when you're off-tarmac, the stability control system automatically switching into an off-road mode which adapts according to surface and incorporates hill descent control that'll ease you gently down steep slopes. It'll even tweak itself to accommodate for a roof rack. Find yourself somewhere you probably shouldn't have ventured with your shiny Q5 and a surprisingly competitive set of off-road stats suggest you might make it back to civilisation. The torquey engines that facilitate a class-leading 2,400kg braked towing capacity can get you through some surprisingly tough terrain, somewhere you'll appreciate decent approach and departure angles of 25-degrees, a ramp angle of 18-degrees, a wading depth of 500mm and a reasonable 200mm of ground clearance. But why are we telling you this when if you were to buy this car, you'd be so unlikely to ever put these figures to the test? Of more interest will be the way it responds when you're favourite country lane opens up, when you're running late and when there's no one in the car but you. In such a scenario, you'll enjoy yourself more if the car you've chosen is fitted with Audi's clever 'drive select' system. This set-up lets you vary the response of the throttle, the degree of power steering assistance, the operation of the air conditioning and, if specified, the shift points of the auto gearbox, via four modes. You'll play with the 'Comfort' or 'Auto' settings for the first few days you own this car: you may even play with the settings of each element via the 'individual' mode that's offered to those who specify Audi's navigation system. Settle into ownership though and you'll probably just leave 'drive select' in 'auto' to do its own thing. Or opt for the more eco-minded 'efficiency' setting. This system really comes into its own if you've the budget to add some of Audi's choicest electronic driving aids to your Q5, for it also works in concert with things like the damper control that lets you alter the suspension stiffness, the dynamic steering and the adaptive cruise control.
Whether your destination is Sainsburys or the annual family skiing trip to Crans Montana, you'll feel better about doing it in an Audi Q5. In between, in contrast to larger, plusher and thirstier 4x4s, you won't get that nagging feeling of using a sledgehammer to crash a nut when it comes to meeting your real motoring needs. Nor, when you're alone on a twisty B road, should you need to wish you'd bought something sportier. Of course, this car faces tough competition, but the well considered package of changes made to this smarter, better equipped and higher-tech improved MK1 version did much to keep it ahead of the chasing pack. Certainly it's not cheap - but then neither is anything else in this segment and at least you'll get a decent part of your money back at resale time. True, it doesn't have the showiness of a Range Rover Evoque or the ultimate handling feedback of a BMW X3, but many will still find this Audi a perfect balance between these two extremes. Resolutely hi-tech and resolutely real world, the Q5 remains resolutely right.
By Steve Walker
What's needed to make a really good premium compact 4x4? A premium badge always helps as does experience in the field of all-wheel-drive vehicles. A top class line-up of engines is essential to keep performance up but costs down and it's always handy if you can fashion a cabin with the panache to have hearts skipping beats in the showrooms. Back in 2008, Audi looked better qualified that any other manufacturer to deliver on these criteria so the Q5 premium compact 4x4 it launched in that year should be a winner. That's the theory but does it mean a used Q5 is something you should consider?
Models Covered: 5dr 4x4 (2.0 TFSI petrol 2.0 TDI, 3.0 TDI diesel [base, SE, S line])
By rights, Audi should be brilliant at 4x4s. Its quattro all-wheel-drive technology did much to popularise the concept of four driven wheels in road cars back in the 1980s so when off-road vehicles began appearing on our streets in growing numbers, the German brand should have been licking its lips. In the event, Audi proved uncharacteristically tentative. While the BMW X5 and Mercedes M-Class were making their name, the only off-road flavoured vehicle Audi could muster was the Allroad - a beefed-up A6 estate. It finally took the plunge with the Q7 but its enormous dimensions and cumbersome feel drew a mixed response. We had to wait until 2008, for Audi to really show its true colours in the 4x4 arena with the compact Q5 arriving to challenge head to head with the BMW X3 and Land Rover Freelander. The Q5 launched in the summer of 2008, slotting into the Audi range below the Q7 luxury 4x4. Three engines were offered, the 2.0-litre TDI diesel and 2.0 TFSI petrol were the more affordable four-cylinder choices but a six-cylinder 3.0-litre TDI diesel was also available as a powerful range-topping variant. The usual Audi trim level hierarchy applied with base models supplemented by SE models that added a more luxurious feel and S-Line variants with added sport. All Q5s had Audi's quattro all-wheel-drive technology. A less powerful 180bhp version of the 2.0 TFSI engine was launched in 2009 as an entry-level models in the range.
The Q5 is conservatively styled and falls in line with Audi's established design cues as they stood in 2008. It's an attractive shape though, a little less chunky than many 4x4s of its size and it achieves a low drag coefficient of 0.33cd. Dimensions that see it at 4,630mm long but only 1,650mm tall give it a sleek, ground-hugging stance and bring the centre of gravity closer to terra firma than in the majority of rivals. The Q5 might not be as bold or brash externally as we've come to expect in the SUV sector but inside, it aims to replicate the interior versatility of its most sizable rivals. Audi's cabin design and build quality remains tough to fault and the Q5 also includes some clever features that make the whole thing more practical to use on a daily basis. The rear seat backs can be reclined to increase comfort and the whole of the back bench can be folded at a stroke by means of a lever in the boot. Luggage space is 540 litres but once those seats are stowed, 1,560 litres is opened up. SE models have an advanced 10-speaker stereo, leather upholstery, 3-zone climate control and parking sensors. S-Line models have all that plus sports suspension, sports seats, Xenon headlights with LED running lights and a host of other exterior styling upgrades.
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It's unlikely that too many Q5s will have been used off-road in anger but just in case, give a thorough check to the under body of the car and make sure those wheels are in decent shape. Wheel damage is more likely to have come from urban kerb stones than Rubicon trail boulders and so are the parking knocks that the Q5 may have collected. Audi's quattro 4x4 system should prove reliable and the engines have all been used extensively in other Audi models so there should be little cause for concern there.
(approx based on a 2008 Q5 2.0 TDI - Ex Vat) Parts can be pricey with front brake brake discs at £90 and rears at £45. Oil filters can be picked up for £10 but you'll spend more like £300 on a replacement clutch assembly.
The Q5 feels particularly sporty for a 4x4. Even with the 3.0 TDI engine installed, the Q5 can handle all the power and feels composed and controllable when you let it off the leash. There's a mountain of grip and very little of the swaying and lurching that some 4x4s indulge in when they're pitched into a corner. The S-Tronic seven-speed gearbox that's fitted to many models suits the Q5 well. Its twin clutch system and clever electronics predict and partially engage the next gear prior to the driver selecting it with the wheel-mounted paddle shifters. It makes for a lightening fast and buttery-smooth transition between ratios, whether you're flipping the paddles in manual mode or letting the gearbox take care of the whole process. As well as the greater security of four driven wheels, the Q5 also uses an advanced ESP stability control system that can even sense when a roof rack is fitted and compensates for the vehicle's higher centre of gravity by intervening earlier. Audi's Drive Select system is another option that's worth seeking out. It gives the choice between Comfort, Auto and Dynamic settings which affect suspension firmness, steering weight and throttle response. Anoraks can fiddle with the settings for these through the Audi Multi-Media Interface on the dash but you'd do better just switching the set-up to 'Auto' and leaving it alone to do its thing. There's permanent quattro four wheel drive of course, intelligent enough in this case to vary the drive between front and rear. In most on-road conditions, it prefers to send more energy to the rear wheels unless it's needed up front, further aiding the Q5's impressive agility. Go off tarmac and the stability control will sense it, switching into an off-road mode which adapts according to surface and incorporates hill descent control. A towing capability of up to 2,400kg suggests a range of torquey engines - and so it proves. There's 350Nm in the top 2.0TFSI and TDI 170 engines and up to 500Nm if you go for the 3.0TDI which makes sixty from rest in under seven seconds.
For a long time before the Q5 was launched, it looked like Audi had a truly top class 4x4 somewhere in its locker and this was the car to finally deliver on that promise. Its stylish looks and high quality cabin gave it the perfect feel for the premium end of the compact 4x4 sector and the technology under the skin works extremely well. There isn't a duffer in the engine range but the potent 3.0 TDI diesel is quite a piece of work if you can afford it and the Q5 is genuinely fun to drive if you can live with the firm ride. If you want a classy used 4x4 that isn't the size of the three-bedroom bungalow, there are few better options.
Mr Jason Deach - 02/06/2019, owner of an Audi Q5 S Line Plus Tdi Quattro
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