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Audi has finally joined the compact SUV market having unveiled the new Audi Q5 at the Beijing Auto Salon.

Measuring 4.63 metres long and 1.88 metres wide, it will challenge the BMW X3, Volvo XC60, the Land Rover Freelander and the new Mercedes GLK.

Built upon the underpinnings of the new Audi A4, the premium five-seat Q5 SUV is equipped with Audi’s renowned quattro permanent all-wheel drive system as standard.

2008 Audi Q5 Compact SUV

In normal running conditions, the transfer case distributes the power to the front and rear axle in a 40:60 ratio for a rear-focused style, however the quattro driveline can deliver up to 65 percent of the power to the front axle and a maximum of 85 percent to the rear axle.

The Audi Q5 will arrive in Australia with a selection of three direct-injection turbocharged engines – one petrol and two diesels.

2008 Audi Q5 Compact SUV

The first is an entirely redesigned 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder petrol unit with 155kW and peak torque of 350Nm available from just 1,500rpm and remaining constant up to 4,200rpm.

This equates to a 0 to 100km/h time of just 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 222km/h – not bad at all for a four-cylinder SUV which returns 8.5 litres of fuel per 100km.

2008 Audi Q5 Compact SUV

The 2.0 TDI offers similar performance with 125kW and 350Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm – hitting 100km/h in 9.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 204km/h.

Average fuel consumption of the diesel unit is dramatically improved, using just 6.7 litres per 100 km.

2008 Audi Q5 Compact SUV

The most powerful engine on offer in the new Audi Q5 range is the 3.0 TDI, delivering 176kW and an enormous 500Nm available between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm.

Performance is brisk, taking the Audi Q5 from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds, accelerating to a top speed of 225 km/h. On average, the three-litre engine consumes 7.7 litres of fuel per 100 km.

2008 Audi Q5 Compact SUV

The 2.0 TDI engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission whilst the 3.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI come with Audi’s new seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission.

Drivers can let the seven-speed S tronic shift automatically or select gears manually, with paddles on the steering wheel.

2008 Audi Q5 Compact SUV

Its electronic stabilization program (ESP) has been enhanced to compensate for the lifestyle led by the Q5. For example, a sensor “tells” the ESP if a roof rack has been mounted, engaging the ESP earlier is slippery conditions.

With a two-tonne towing capacity, the Audi Q5 features additional equipment for performance in rough terrain including a standard hill descent control system and special calibrations for ESP and ABS off-road.

2008 Audi Q5 Compact SUV

For what is essentially an urban SUV, its off-road capabilities are more than impressive, with an approach angle of 25 degrees thanks to its short front overhangs, 20 centimetres of ground clearance, a wading depth of up to 50 centimetres and a climbing capability of 31 degrees of incline.

The Q5 is also fitted with Audi drive select which continuously varies the steering ratio and the power steering assistance depending on the speed driven – which means less steering effort is required when parking, and firm steering with low sensitivity at higher speeds.

2008 Audi Q5 Compact SUV

Additional high-tech optional extras for the Audi Q5 include the advanced key for keyless access to the vehicle, a tire pressure monitoring system, the large panoramic glass sunroof with additional tilting function, the triple-zone climate control system, sun blinds for the rear side windows, the dynamic cornering light system known as Audi adaptive light, an electric tailgate and a swiveling trailer hitch.

  • jbot

    Looks great inside and out, any word on pricing?

  • Iamthestig

    In my eyes, this seems a good thing. Looks good, nice interior and has all the safety and comfort features one could ask for (although the options will be pricey !).

    What I found funny is that it is quite a bit bigger than the Tiguan and the GLK etc.

    Is is actually only slightly smaller than the original BMW X5.

    X5 length – 4.66m, Q5 – 4.63
    X5 wheelbase – 2.82m, Q5 – 2.81

    Anyone who picks a X3 over one of these needs their head read…

  • Reckless1

    This is quite a nice sized vehicle, pricing with the V6 diesel and 7 speed DSG (that would be the dry clutch version not the wet clutch???) will be very interesting.

    The Q7 3.0 V6 Quattro starts at $86800, so this one will have to start somewhere lower, n’est pas?

    The Q5 with 2.0 FSI and 2.0 diesels should therefore start a bit lower still, and since the 2.0 diesel can only be had in manual, it should sit very close to the 2.0 petrol in price. (Extra for the diesel, less for the auto).

    Speculating further, the 3.0 Diesel auto should really be no more expensive than the Touareg with the same engine, so the price could well be $75000 for that model.

  • Iamthestig

    I think if you look at the BMW X3 price list, you should get a fair idea of what the Q5 pricing will be…

    About $60k for the 4 cylinders and $75k for the 3.0 diesel. Audi can (and will) charge a premium over a Touareg. Then you add options of course…

  • o

    liike it it is nice i littel squased but better than GLK and X3

  • Captain Mainwaring

    This is so much nicer than the ridiculous Q7.

  • http://deleted sirdigbychickencaesar

    I live in the UK and have just bought 2 new cars – BMW X5 and a Range Rover. So far I love them both (especially the Range Rover!) but I have just been told that in a couple of years I am most likely moving to London for work. I love SUVs and I think that when the time comes, I will be buying a Volvo XC60 and a Q5. Love the look of both and they are both safe, good looking and probably good around town (for SUVs at least!).

  • smokin’r32

    Definately one of the more nicely executed SUVs on the market

  • Baji

    Well done Audi! I have to say Audi have done a magnificent job on this suv. It looks so much better than anything else that’s on the market (bar the cx-7). I’d take this over the X3 or the Merc anyday. But then again i do have a soft spot for Audis.

  • http://911GT4 LOVE GTR

    I would really love to have one of these. Certainly sh#ts all over the X3 for looks. X3 is one of the ugliest BMs ever.

  • Steve Jobs

    That would go nicely with the iPhone. I should work with them to see if they’ll build a dock for it. Good job Audi.


  • Iamthestig

    Not one bad comment. I think they are on a winner here.

    Just noticed though – that hatch is BIG eh ?
    (check out the shut lines !)

  • OSU811

    Great looking suv with great engines and awd engineering from audi, plus the bank volt safety of audis and build quality, as long as its priced competitively it will sell very well and i would consider a diesel version..

  • Reckless1

    Every time I look at this car I like it more.

    And that beautiful V6 diesel with a 7 speed DSG – that’s got to be approaching heaven.

  • Duck

    Great car! Definetly have this over the X3!

    The front styling is heavily borrowed
    from the Audi S5. Thats not a bad thing, i can just tell.

  • Neo Utopia

    Audi was slow to join the SUV gang, but maybe that is a good thing by arriving very fashionably late with both the Q7 and now Q5. I think Audi are using the very best designers from the bauhaus design school. I hope Audi are using both form and function in this SUV though by providing completely flat-folding rear seats for loading big stuff as i have once had to move largish furniture in my friend’s A4 avant and that was a bit of practicality problem. I think that if this SUV is priced to be less than 50% more expensive than a comparatively specified Mazda CX-7 then it would be worth it, even though Audi’s quattro is far superior. I know its sort of like comparing apples to oranges but before there was simply no comparison what so ever with Mazda’s old design and the Audi design, Mazda have finally discovered style but will probably never match Audi’s desirability.

  • Jan

    Time of reason has come to SUV’s, to avoid them from becoming extinct Dinosaurs with today’s gas prices at the pump.
    I think that Audi has understood that it makes no sense to hype a Dinosaur like the Q7, and pay close attention to good mileage, value and discretion with this Q5.
    I think that it will be a winner

  • James

    This has to be the best looking SUV yet. A SUV diesel with the S tronic and 0-100km in 6.5 is about the perfect car for Sydney. With some of the worst roads in the first world I’d have to think this is my next choice.

  • Neo Utopia

    Very kühl car though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JanDC

    Can anyone tell me when the Q5 will be here? I really need one now.

  • Nick

    but, when will Q5 arrive at Australia?
    I am planning to buy a compact suv, both X3 and Tiguan are in my list, however, I prefer Audi Q5.
    Looking forward to owning it.

  • Alex

    Gimme gimme gimme!!!!

  • Soly

    I will get one, as long as the price is reasonable, when r u coming to Australia Q5, hurry

  • Shinny

    I am planning to buy a new car in Sydney. Contenders are (in preferential order): Q5, Toureg, and Murano. Not all in the same league, but all fun cars. I think the Q5 is the coolest, so I think I will go with it, but the options are too steep!! No standard navigation system?!? Oh please!!! Any room for negotiation, you think???

  • Alex

    Sorry Shinny but even in these financial times, I doubt you’ll get a deal on free extras from an Audi dealer. However, from your shortlist, the Q5 is definitely the one to go for. And the second best would be the Touareg. Don’t get the Murano. It’s lacking in prestige, quality and it doesn’t drive as well as the other two. And what you don’t pay for in car, you’ll make up for in petrol. Get a diesel Q5.

  • Shinny

    Thank you Alex, I see what you are saying. Yes, the diesel Q5 is my first preference, but not sure if the family would be happy with MT.