Q5 2012-2017 2.0 TDI Premium Plus Review
Audi Q5 is a luxury SUV and comes in numerous trim levels with one petrol and two diesel engine options. The Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Premium Plus is the mid range diesel variant that comes fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine. It can develop a maximum power of 174.3bhp that results in a commanding torque output of 380Nm. This vehicle is blessed with styling aspects like LED rear lights, forged aluminum alloy wheels and xenon plus headlamps. Its interiors are have been made with Milano Leather upholstery. This SUV has advanced comfort features like driver information system with color display, Audi drive select, and quattro permanent AWD system. Apart from these, it is also available with an optional off-road package that includes a set of rugged bumpers, door cover strips, wheel arch extensions and stainless steel running boards. This high performance vehicle is incorporated with innovative safety features like anti-slip regulation, dual circuit with diagonally split braking system and six air bags. Also, this vehicle comes fitted with an electrically operated panoramic glass sunroof in two sections that can be closed conveniently via the central locking system. It is available with a standard 2-year warranty, regardless of its mileage that can be extended to another two years at an additional cost.
This SUV has a lustrous body design that comes fitted with several captivating features. To begin with its rear profile, it has a sleekly structured taillight cluster that comes equipped with all LED brake lights and turn indicators. It surrounds a concaved tailgate that is further decorated with chrome badging. The rear windscreen is quite large and is accompanied by a wiper along with a spoiler. The rear bumper is sleekly structured and is decorated with reflectors that further adds to the safety. Its side profile has a decent structure and yet it looks stylish owing to the 7-spoke forged aluminum alloy wheels of size 17 inch. These rims are further covered with 235/65 R17 sized tubeless radial tyres. Its door handles and ORVM caps are done up with body color, while the window sill surround gets a chrome finish. Its front profile has an urbane structure that accentuated by hexagonal shaped radiator grille with chrome surround. It is further flanked by a sleekly structured headlight cluster that is powered by xenon plus headlamps. The front bumper has a sleek air intake console along with a pair of round shaped fog lamps. The overall look of its front is complimented by the prominent company's logo affixed to the grille.
The interiors of this Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Premium Plus variant are done up with Milano leather upholstery and is further emphasized by walnut dark brown inlays. Its cockpit has two electrically adjustable individual seats, wherein the driver seat also has memory setting. Furthermore, they have 4-way lumbar support with vertical and horizontal adjustment. There is a four spoke multi-functional steering fitted to the dashboard is wrapped in leather upholstery. Its interiors also has a storage package including nets behind its front seats, a lockable glove box compartment, storage compartment under front passenger seat and nets underneath the parcel shelf. Center armrests have been provided to both the front and rear seats wherein the front armrest also includes a storage compartment and two cup holders. There are number of utility based features provided inside like floor mats, accessory power sockets, grab handles and lashing points. This vehicle comes with a generous boot compartment, which can be increased further by folding the rear seats in a 40:20:40 split ratio.
Engine and Performance:
This variant is powered by a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that has the latest direct fuel injection system. It comprises of four cylinders and a total of 16 valves that displaces 1968cc . This power plant is further incorporated with a turbocharging unit that allows it to produce 174.3bhp at 4200rpm in combination with a peak torque output of 380Nm in between 1750 to 2500rpm. It is further mated with a seven speed S-Tronic automatic transmission gearbox that works in combination with quattro permanent AWD system. This vehicle can accelerate towards 100 Kmph speed barrier in 9.0 seconds and can reach a top speed of 200 Kmph.
Braking and Handling:
Its front wheels have been equipped with high performance McPherson Struts, while the rear ones have been paired with conventional disc brakes. It is further equipped with anti lock braking system and emergency brake assist system, which further reinforces the braking mechanism. On the other hand, its front axle is fitted with 5-link suspension system, whereas the rear axle gets a trapezoidal link system. Both the axles are further loaded by gas type shock absorbers, which adds to the comfort. This vehicle is integrated with a maintenance-free rack and pinion based electro-mechanic power steering system that offers excellent response irrespective of speed levels.
This Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Premium Plus is the mid range diesel variant that comes loaded with innovative comfort features. This vehicle is incorporated with a driver information system including a high resolution color display that provides information related to vehicle speed, tachometer, digital clock, fuel consumption and fuel saving tip for economical driving. Apart from these, this variant has an advanced 3-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning system with sun-light dependent control and electronic controls for flow rate, distribution, and air temperature. This trim also has aspects like comfort rear headrest, Audi drive select, front center armrest, cruise control system and Audi parking system plus. Furthermore, it is fitted with an infotainment system that features a concert radio, Audi music interface, preparation for rear seat entertainment and a Bluetooth interface.
This SUV comes with numerous advanced safety features like tyre pressure monitoring display, full size airbags, rear side airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounting, collapsible spare wheel and a first aid kit with warning triangle. This vehicle is also integrated with features like electronic stability program, anti slip regulation, first aid kit, warning triangle, safety steering column and 3-point inertia seat belts for all seats . It comes with a fully-galvanized body based on unitary body construction with defined crumple zones that comes with a 12-year warranty against rust perforation.
1. Advanced comfort features are a big plus.
2. Luxurious interiors with ample seating space.
1. Fuel economy can be improved.
2. Price range can be made competitive.