Verdict on the Audi Q5 TFSI
What a good car this is. The petrol version makes the Audi Q5 a very quiet and smooth car to drive, with all the practicality of an SUV.
There’s five seats too, so you can take family or colleagues, depending if it’s during the week or at the weekends. And that powered tailgate provides the added touch of assistance to the car’s practicality.
From a company car perspective, this TFSI model is not as good on benefit in kind as the diesel TDI model. And for company car drivers who travel 12,000 miles a year, then the TDI looks a better proposition.
But for small businesses and SMEs that are based in cities, particularly around the south, and who are worried by the London Mayor’s low emission zone, then this petrol version of the Q5 makes a lot of sense.
It’s smooth, quiet refined, but practical. And no toxic diesel fumes to worry about.
- List price: £40,170
- VED 1st year/years 2-6: £500/£450
- BIK band 2017/18: 30%
- five-door SUV
- 2.0 4-cyl petrol/7-speed auto
- CO2 Emissions: 162g/km
- Economy: 40.9mpg
- Power/torque: 252PS/370Nm
- 0-62mph/top speed: 6.3/147mph
What is it?
IF you’ve been concerned about all the media attention given to the toxic effects of diesel, particularly with the London Mayor’s consulting on the expansion of the capital city’s low emission zone, then consider this: a petrol version of Audi’s all-new Q5 SUV.
OK, I know most SUVs are alway a diesel, and if you are a big motorway user for your business, then a diesel will be just right for your company car requirements.
But if you use your vehicle in more urban environments, then this 2.0-litre TFSI version of the Q5 could be just right for you.
The car we are reviewing here is the Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI quattro S line. Costing from £41,355, the car is powered by 252PS four cylinder turbo engine with four-wheel drive quattro transmission and seven-speed S tronic auto transmission.
- This is the second generation Q5 model, and benefits from lightweight construction which helps lower weight and improve efficiency
- What’s more, the four-wheel drive system is on-demand, so when you start off the full quattro system is engaged for maximum traction, but on the motorway the drivetrain slips into front-wheel drive – it means great fuel saving
- Talking of which, 40.4mpg is the official mpg, but around 30mpg should be possible
- We tried the car with the optional adaptive air suspension – and what a difference this makes. The car wafts over bumps and ruts without you noticing them. And if you plan to do any off-roading, then this will help with the ability to raise the ride height and improved approach and departure angles
- The interior is beautifully crafted – as we have come to expect from Audi – and the smooth petrol engine adds to the quiet inside the cabin. It’s a very relaxed place to sit
- Audi Virtual Cockpit is a £250 option that’s worth the money – it enables different view modes of driver information in the hooded binnacle, including satnav instructions
- Comprehensive specification is a hallmark of the new Q5: Audi Driver Select, twin-leather heated front seats, parking system, powered tailgate and MMI Navigation are standard across the range, while S line models also gain LED headlights with sweeping signal dynamic indicators
- It’s not as good on company car tax as the diesel version of the car – 30% TFSI plays 28% TDI
- Adaptive air suspension is wonderful but adds £2000 to the bill
- There’s no likelihood of electrified versions of the Q5 to help lower benefit in kind company car tax – such as plug-in hybrid versions
- The petrol engine sounds more coarse than it should under acceleration