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The all-new second-generation 2017 Audi Q5 has landed well ahead of customer car deliveries in June, promising to be better than its predecessor in every way.

Audi’s best-selling SUV ever has been further honed, with an edgier design, more space and more advanced engines, as well as more technology to regain its market-leading position.

From 2009 to 2015 the Audi Q5 was the world’s most successful SUV in its class. It was also Audi’s single biggest seller as a body style, trumped only by the entire A3 range. Sales of the Q5 in Australia over that six-year period were close to 24,000 units.

The latest Q5 arrives here with a range of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines and a choice of two trim lines; design and sport. Both are paired with Audi’s redeveloped seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, which claims smoother and faster shifts for better fuel efficiency.

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Entry level is the Audi Q5 design 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic from $65,900, Audi Q5 sport 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic from $70,700 and Audi Q5 sport TFSI quattro S tronic from $73,500, all excluding on-road costs and dealer delivery charges.

The Audi Q5 design (and sport model) 2.0 TDI is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine making 140kW (up 10kW) and 400Nm of torque. Claimed fuel consumption is 5.3 litres per 100km (0.7L less than its predecessor), while its 0-100km/h time is 7.9 seconds.

The Audi Q5 sport TFSI boasts a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine developing 185kW and 370Nm, with fuel consumption of 7.3L/100km. It can go from 0-100km/h in 6.3 seconds and is only available in the sport trim.

The new model is up to 90kg lighter than the outgoing model, contributing to a 12 per cent reduction in fuel consumption for the diesel engine, along with Audi’s new ‘quattro ultra’ drivetrain, which is standard on both petrol and diesel engines.

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The latest Audi Q5 is also longer (by 34mm) and taller (by 6mm), though width is the same as its predecessor. Importantly, the wheelbase has been extended by a modest 12mm, which overall has given the Q5 an additional 10 litres of luggage space.

Depending on how the optional sliding rear bench is positioned, there is between 550-610 litres of load space behind the rear seats. When folded flat, that space increases to 1550 litres.

The new-generation Audi Q5 has also been awarded the top 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating thanks to a host of the latest active and passive safety systems that include as standard on all models;

• Audi pre-sense city with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and pedestrian detection (up to 85km/h)
• Exit Warning System – which alerts drivers of cyclists before opening the driver’s door
• Cross traffic assist
• Audi side assist blind spot warning system
• Audi pre-sense basic (belt tensioning, window closing and other preventative measures if a crash is immanent.
• Audi pre-sense rear (such as flashing hazard lights to warn traffic if they are at risk of running in to the rear of the car)

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Higher-end sport models add the following safety features:

• Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go
• Turn assist
• Audi pre-sense front (collision warning up to 250km/h)
• Predictive efficiency assistant
• High-beam assist

Standard equipment even on the entry-level design model includes MMI Navigation with a seven-inch high-res screen, 3D maps, live traffic info and natural voice recognition for handsfree control.

Audi Connect is also standard, which enables a high-speed 4G internet connection, as well as Google Earth and Google search. There’s also Audi’s smartphone interface that provides connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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An electric tailgate is also standard on all models and is activated via a sensor-controlled kick motion.

In addition, key equipment highlights for the entry Q5 ‘design’ model include:

• 18-inch alloy wheels
• Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights and taillights
• Leather-appointed seats
• 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats
• Convenience key (hands-free entry and engine start)
• Multifunction steering wheel with paddle-shifters
• Three-zone climate control with digital rear display
• Eight-speaker audio system with CD player and 2 x SDXC card readers

Q5 sport adds the following equipment to the design model above:

• 20-inch alloy wheels
• Adaptive LED headlights with dynamic rear indicators
• Sport front seats
• Audi virtual cockpit 12.3-inch high-res instrument cluster
• MMI Navigation plus with 8.3-inch screen, MMI touch, DVD player and five included map updates
• Audi premium 10-speaker sound system with subwoofer and 180w output

Buyers can also choose between several different packages for their Q5 and these include; the Comfort, S-Line and Technik, as well as a host of other options.

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2017 Audi Q5 pricing (before on-road costs)

Q5 design 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic – $65,900
Q5 sport 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic – $70,700
Q5 sport TFSI quattro S tronic – $73,500

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