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Audi Q5

Audi Q5

The Audi Q5 is a series of Compact luxury crossover SUVs produced by the German luxury car manufacturer Audi from 2008. The original first-generation model was the third member of the B8 family to be released after the Audi A5 and fourth-generation A4, all being based on the Audi MLB platform. The second generation Q5 debuted in 2016 and shares the Audi MLBevo platform with the corresponding B9 versions of the A4 and A5.


1. First generation 2008-2017


180 PS 2.0 TFSI and 143 PS 2.0 TDI engines were introduced in Europe beginning in 2009.


All engines include start-stop system. 3.0 TFSI quattro 272PS replaced 3.2 FSI quattro.


1.1. First generation 2008-2017 Q5 2008

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show, and later at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Early models include the 2.0 TFSI quattro 211PS, 2.0 TDI quattro 170PS, 3.0 TDI quattro.

Initial vehicle models for US, Canada & Brazil include the 3.2 FSI.

The Q5 commenced shipments in October 2008 for Europe, and in the first quarter of 2009 for North America.

The US model went on sale in March 2009 as a 2009 model year vehicle. Early models include 3.2 FSI quattro and the 2.0 TFSI quattro 211PS was added in 2011 model year.

Indian models went on sale in June 2009, and were initially built by Audis Ingolstadt facility, but are now being built at its Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India plant. Launch models include 3.0 TDI, 2.0 TFSI 211 PS.

Middle East models went on sale in 2009 Q2. Launch models include 2.0 TFSI 211 PS, 3.2 FSI.

Japanese models include 2.0 TFSI quattro 211 PS, 3.2 FSI quattro.


1.2. First generation 2008-2017 Audi Q5 custom concept 2009

It is a concept vehicle that includes an enhanced engine, 7-speed S tronic transmission, Quattro all wheel drive. The 3.0 TFSI V6 engine was rated 408 PS 300 kW; 402 hp at 6.000–7.000 rpm and 500 N⋅m 369 lb⋅ft at 3.000–5.500 rpm. Other features include ceramic brakes, active sound exhaust system, 90 millimetre wider track, 60 millimetre lower ride height, 21-inch Daytona Gray colour wheels of 7 twin-spoke design, modified air intake, cooling water strut brace in engine compartment, stainless steel-plated pedals, S line sport seats, panorama roof system, "Worthersee 09" adhesive film, textile floor mats with "Worthersee 09" print application, Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system, parking aid with rearview camera, voice control, Audi lane assist lane departure warning, headlight range control with cornering lights.

The vehicle was unveiled at the Worthersee Tour 2009.


1.3. First generation 2008-2017 Audi Q5 FCEV 2009

The Audi Q5 FCEV 2009 is a fuel cell based concept car that was demonstrated on 19 October 2009 at CEP Berlin. It sports an 85 Kw PEMFC, a 22 Kw lithium-ion battery and a 230 Nm asynchronous motor.


1.4. First generation 2008-2017 Audi Q5 hybrid

Audi has originally reported that it would offer the Q5 hybrid as launch model, but it was later reported that Audi suspended the plan because of unsatisfactory crash test results for the nickel metal hydride batteries. In 2009, Audi announced it would resume the Q5 hybrid development. It included a 266V, 1.3kWh, battery pack. The Q5 has an all-electric range of about 3 km 2 mi and maximum all-electric speed of 100 km/h 62 mph.

The production version would be on sale in 2012 for the Japanese market. The release in the U.S. market was scheduled for late 2011.


1.5. First generation 2008-2017 Engines

180 PS 2.0 TFSI and 143 PS 2.0 TDI engines were introduced in Europe beginning in 2009.


1.6. First generation 2008-2017 Transmissions

German models include standard 7-speed S tronic transmission for all V6 models. 8-speed Tiptronic is an option for Q5 2.0 TFSI quattro 211 PS.

US and Canadian Q5 3.2 FSI models include 6-speed Tiptronic as standard transmission. US and Canadian Q5 2.0 TFSI models include 8-speed Tiptronic as standard transmission.

Japanese models include standard 7-speed S tronic transmission for all models.


1.7. First generation 2008-2017 Equipment

Harman/Becker Automotive Systems produced Audis new updated Multi Media Interface MMI technology for Q5. The new system includes navigation, communication, and wide-screen entertainment. A three-dimensional orientation view with true-to-scale terrain and photo realistic depictions of key landmarks will also be generated. Included features in this new system are USB storage media iPod or MP3, satellite radio, and an integral four-band GSM mobile/cell phone SIM card ready with Bluetooth connectivity.

S line package includes 20-inch S line wheels, headlight washers, sport steering wheels with shift paddles, brushed aluminium inlays, S line aluminium door sills, and a black headliner. The Offroad exterior package includes front and rear underbody protection panels, along with flared fender and door sill protection.


1.8. First generation 2008-2017 Carrying and towing capabilities

A sensor informs the ESP system if a roof rack has been mounted, which will cause the Audi Q5s centre of gravity to be shifted higher in keeping with the roof load of up to 100 kg 220 lb. If a roof rack is present, the ESP engages earlier in the handling limit. Without a roof load, the driver is free to tap the full dynamic potential of the Audi Q5.

The Audi Q5 is capable of towing up to 2.0 tonnes; the standard hill descent control system makes it safe to navigate down steep inclines by regulating the preselected speed when driving at under 30 km/h 19 mph. The Q5 is also fitted with an advanced Trailer Stability Program designed to combat any unwanted snaking when towing a large trailer or caravan.


1.9. First generation 2008-2017 Production

The new vehicle was expected to be built in Audis home town of Ingolstadt. An investment of €300 million in production tooling and expansion was expected.

Audi also assembles its Q5 model in India to avoid import taxes and compete with BMW AG, Daimler AG and Porsche AG in the worlds second fastest-growing major economy.


1.10. First generation 2008-2017 2012 facelift

Main changes include a redesigned set of front and rear light configuration, and a new set of engines that increase both output and efficiency. Most interior user controls have narrow chrome trim. Ergonomics changes include 4-button MMI navigation plus system, additional skip function for volume dial. Large fabric-upholstered surfaces are standard on the door trim panels; inlay options include three wood veneers and one aluminium version.

The vehicles went on sale in summer 2012. Early models include 2.0 TFSI hybrid quattro, 2.0 TFSI quattro 225PS, 3.0 TFSI quattro 272PS, 2.0 TDI 143PS, 2.0 TDI quattro 177PS, 3.0 TDI quattro 245PS.

In Germany, 2.0 TFSI quattro 180PS, 2.0 TDI 150PS, 2.0 TDI quattro 150PS were added in 2013, with 2.0 TDI 150PS replacing 2.0 TDI 143PS.

Pre-facelift styling

Post-facelift styling


1.11. First generation 2008-2017 SQ5 TDI 2013–

The SQ5 performance crossover SUV is the first Audi S model vehicle to feature a diesel engine. The primary power plant is a 3.0 litre 2967 cc, twin turbocharged V6 engine coupled to an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission, developing 313 PS at 3.900–4.500 rpm, and 650 Nm of torque at 1.450–2.800 rpm. It also features Audis signature quattro permanent all-wheel drive system with torque vectoring transfer. Sport suspension lowers the vehicle body by 30 mm 1.18 in and 20-inch 5 parallel-spoke wheels with 255/45 tires are fitted as standard, with the option of upgrading to 21-inch wheels. Other features of the SQ5 are black front brake callipers with Audi S badges, an optional Audi drive select system, a platinum-grey single-frame grille with galvanized double bars, two SQ5 unique body colours Estoril Blue or Panther Black, optional lunar silver headlining, Pearl Nappa leather/Alcantara power-adjustable sport seats with optional leather upholstery in a choice of four colours, brushed aluminium inlays with optional Carbon Atlas, Piano finish or Aluminium/Beaufort wood trim panels. The SQ5 TDI accelerates from 0–62 mph in 5.1 secs, and is electronically limited to 155 mph. This is comparable to rival range-topping performance SUVs with diesel engines, such as the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel 0–60 mph: 5.7 s and BMW X5 M50d 0–60 mph: 5.4 s, and also to high-performance petrol-powered SUVs, such as the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG 0–60 mph: 4.8 s, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S 0–60 mph: 4.1 s. These listed rivals are all larger and heavier, falling into the mid-size SUV class, and, as such, command significantly higher asking prices. A more realistic comparison may be made with the BMW X3 xDrive35d, which delivers slightly better economy 46.3 mpg to the SQ5s 41.5, though slightly lower performance 0–62 mph: 5.8 s, max speed: 149 mph.

The SQ5 went on sale in the first quarter of 2013.


1.12. First generation 2008-2017 SQ5 TDI Audi exclusive concept 2013–

It is a limited 50 units version of the Audi SQ5 TDI with Aral Blue crystal effect body colour, black Fine Nappa leather upholstery with contrasting stitching in snow white, black sport seats covered in Fine Nappa leather, woven leather in the centre section of the seats, snow white Alcantara headlining, sunroof blind, inlays and applications shimmer.

The vehicle was unveiled in the 2012 Paris Motor Show, and went on sale in the first quarter of 2013. In 2015 Audi introduced a plus tdi model, with 340 PS and 700 nm, quilted nappa leather seats, external black details and 21-inch wheels as standard equipment.


1.13. First generation 2008-2017 SQ5 3.0 TFSI quattro 2013–

It is a petrol version of the SQ5 with 3.0 TFSI engine rated 354 PS 260 kW; 349 hp at 6.000–6.500 rpm and 470 N⋅m 346.65 lbf⋅ft at 4.000–4.500 rpm, eight-speed tiptronic transmission, quattro permanent all-wheel drive with torque vectoring, 20-inch wheels with 255/45-series tires optional 21-inch wheels, platinum grey radiator grille with horizontal double bars in aluminium look, choice of 2 crystal-effect body colours Estoril Blue, Panther Black, instruments feature grey dials and white numerals, pedals and shift paddles in shiny aluminium-look finish, black interior with headlining optionally available in Moon Silver, power-adjustable sport seats upholstered in Pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara option four different colours of leather, standard brushed aluminium inlays optional Carbon Atlas, Piano finish or layered aluminium and wood in Beaufort black. The vehicle was unveiled in 2013 Detroit Auto Show.

The vehicle was designed for United States, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Ukraine markets.

US model was set to arrive at U.S. dealerships in the third quarter of 2013 as 2014 model year vehicle.


1.14. First generation 2008-2017 Engines

All engines include start-stop system. 3.0 TFSI quattro 272PS replaced 3.2 FSI quattro.


1.15. First generation 2008-2017 Safety

NHTSA tested a 2016 Q5. EuroNCAP tested a 2009 Audi Q5, 5-door SUV with front airbags, side airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters as standard and scored it accordingly:

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also crash-tested the Q5, and presented the following results ratings from poor to good:


2. Second generation 2018-present

The second generation Q5 Typ FY was revealed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Long wheelbase version Q5L, 2018-

A long wheelbase version was unveiled at the Beijing Auto Show, with 88 mm added to the car, resulting in 23 percent more legroom.


The second generation of the Q5 will be the first generation of the Q5 to be sold in Bangladesh.


The Q5 was launched in Thailand in August 2017, where a sole S line powered by a 2.0 TFSI engine 45 TFSI and 2.0 TDI engine 40 TDI with an Quattro all wheel drive system is available.


The Q5 was launched in Malaysia in March 2019, where a sole Sport trim line powered by a 2.0 TFSI engine with an Quattro all wheel drive system is available.

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