Q5 2012-2017 2.0 TFSI Quattro Premium Plus Review
Audi Q5 is one of the stylish SUV model in the Indian car market and is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. Among the variants available, Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Quattro Premium Plus is a mid range trim in its line up. This trim is blessed with a 1984cc turbocharged petrol engine with Audi valve shift system. It is coupled with an eight speed automatic transmission gear box. The car manufacturer has given this utility vehicle an elegant look and a spacious internal cabin. The cabin is blessed with a three zone surround climate control, power tailgate, an advanced music system with a few functions, keyless entry and many other such aspects. The company has designed this SUV with an overall length of 4629mm along with a total width of 1898mm, which includes external rear view mirrors and a decent height of 1655mm as well. It has a 540 litre luggage compartment and can store about 75 litres of petrol in its fuel tank. The roomy wheelbase measures about 2807mm. It comes with a minimum ground clearance of 200mm, which helps the vehicle in dealing with terrains. Currently, this SUV is available in a few exterior color options, which are Ibis White, Moonlight Blue Metallic, Cuvée Silver, Maya Brown, Monsoon Grey and a Walnut Brown metallic finish option.
The front fascia is defined with a large single frame trapezoidal radiator grille that is fitted with a prominent company logo in the center. This grille is flanked by a well designed headlight cluster that is powered by a high intensity xenon headlamps with LED day time running light. The body colored bumper houses a big air dam for cooling the engine and it is flanked by a pair of bright fog lamps. The large windscreen is integrated with a set of rain sensing intermittent wipers. Coming to the side profile, it is designed with chrome garnished door handles and body colored external rear view mirrors with turn indicator. These ORVMs are electrically foldable and comes with memory function as well as well as anti glare function. The finely designed wheel arches of this trim are equipped with a set of 18 inch alloy wheels, which gives the vehicle an elegant look. These rims are further covered with 235/65 R18 sized tubeless radial tyres. On the other hand, the rear end is defined by an expressive boot lid, which has a chrome stripe, a distinctively designed LED tail light cluster and a body colored bumper. It also has a sporty rear spoiler that is mounted with a LED third brake light. The windshield is integrated has a defogger along with wash and wipe function. Apart from these, it is blessed with panoramic glass roof, a couple of silver roof rails that complement the look with body colored door handles and a pair of chrome plated exhaust pipes.
The internal section of this Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Quattro Premium Plus variant is incorporated with well cushioned seats, which are covered with 'Milano' leather upholstery. All these seats are electrically adjustable and comes with 4-way lumbar support. It is integrated with an illuminated driver information display with color display, which houses a low fuel warning light, digital tachometer, an electronic tripmeter, a digital clock and so on. It has a number of utility based features, which includes rear center arm rest with bottle holders, a large lockable glove box with cooling effect, map pockets in all doors, cup holders in center console, front seat back pockets and several other aspects as well. The leather wrapped multi-functional wheel is mounted with audio, call and cruise control buttons. Apart from these, it also has three 12V power outlet for charging mobile, laptop and other electronic gadgets, all four power windows with auto down function, electric boot release, illuminated vanity mirrors, luggage compartment light and driver seat with memory function.
Engine and Performance:
Under the bonnet, this variant is packed with a 2.0-litre, In-line turbocharged petrol engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1984cc . It is integrated with 4-cylinders and can generate 221.3bhp between 4500 to 6200rpm along with a maximum torque output of 350Nm between 1500 to 4500rpm. The engine is incorporated with a direct injection fuel supply system, which allows the SUV to generate about 11.81 Kmpl on the bigger roads. While it can produce close to 8.35 Kmpl in the city traffic conditions. This power plant is skilfully coupled with an eight speed S-tronic automatic transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to all wheels. It has the ability to reach a maximum speed of 222 Kmph and takes about 7.1 seconds for crossing the speed barrier of 100 Kmph from zero.
Braking and Handling:
The company has used a five link type of mechanism for its front axle, while rear is assembled with trapezoidal link with independent suspension. This is further assisted by gas filled shock absorbers. The advanced braking mechanism is further enhanced by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake assist function . All its wheels are fitted with ventilated disc brakes. Apart from these, it has an advanced traction control function, dynamic stability control function and cornering brake function. On the other hand, it has a rack and pinion based electronic assisted power steering system, which is highly responsive. This speed sensitive steering wheel supports a minimum turning circle of 6 meters.
This Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Quattro Premium Plus variant is blessed with three zone automatic air conditioning system, which keeps the spacious cabin cool. The cruise control feature helps in maintaining a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver. It has an advanced Audi music interface with sound system, which comes with USB/i-Pod socket, preparation for RSE and Bluetooth connectivity along with speakers. In addition to these, it also has a number of refined features like front center armrest, comfort rear headrest, suspension with damping control, driver information display, drive select function, storage package and adjustable head restraints for all occupants.
It comes with seat belts for all passengers with ISOFIX point for child seat and full size airbags for all occupants along with side airbags, which protect the passengers in case of any collision. Then it has an anti theft alarm with tow away protection, first aid kit with warning triangle, tyre pressure monitoring display, ABS along with electric brake force distribution, traction control, anti skid system, collapsible steering wheel and S-line exterior package . Apart from these, it has a fully galvanized body structure with crumple zones that enhances the safety of the passengers sitting inside.
1. Captivating exteriors with a lot of striking features.
2. Decent engine performance with good acceleration and pick up.
1. Lack of navigation system is a disadvantage.
2. Cost of maintenance is too high.