2013 Audi Q5 : India First Drive
The new Audi Q5 promises a significant improvement over its predecessor and is set to raise the bar in terms of performance and appeal in its segment. We got our hands on the formidable 3.0TDIq version for a drive and the vehicle is revelation. No doubt, Audi has another winner in their product line-up
For an SUV, the figures are rather impressive as the new Q5 3.0TDIq is able to go from 0-100km/h in just 6.5 seconds while returning an ARAI claimed fuel efficiency of 13.22 kilometres to the litre! Speaking of which, Audi claims that the new Q5 offers up to a 15 per cent increase in fuel efficiency across its engine range, compared to the phased out model. The company has managed to achieve this despite an increase in power. How, you might ask. Well, it’s a simple equation really - reduce weight and the above is possible. Amongst the various changes that Audi has incorporated on the new Q5 is an exercise in weight reduction. A prime example is the fact that the engine bonnet and tailgate are now made of aluminium. The end result is performance and efficiency, the best of both worlds.
The icing on the cake however is the sheer capability that the new Q5 displays. This machine transcends the boundary between tarmac scorcher and mud plugger with equal élan. The Q5 ride and handling mannerisms are definitely a high point. Fitted with a new electromechanical steering that allows better response at high speeds, it also offers a heightened level of feedback than its predecessor. The vehicle comes fitted with the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system which works wonders in terms of offering better acceleration, road handling and safety both on and off the road.
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