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Audi Australia has released pricing and specification details for the facelifted Q5 mid-size SUV ahead of the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Lexus NX and Volvo XC60 rival's release early next year.
As before, the Q5 is available in five ‘regular’ full-time variants, which are now spread across three grades: unnamed entry-level (previously called Design), mid-range Sport and flagship S Line (new).
The unnamed entry-level and Sport grades come with two new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine options: a diesel (40 TDI) and a petrol (45 TFSI). The former produces 150kW/400Nm (+10kW), while the latter develops 183kW/370Nm (-2kW).
Both are fitted with a 12V mild-hybrid system, with the 40 TDI’s fuel consumption on the combined-cycle test being 5.4L/100km, while the 45 TFSI’s claim is yet to be publicised. That said, the former sprints from standstill to 100km/h in 7.6 seconds, 1.3s adrift of the latter.
The 40 TDI therefore kicks off the range from $68,900 plus on-road costs, making it dearer (+$2000) than its predecessor. The same is true of the $69,600 45 TFSI (+$1787), $74,900 40 TDI Sport (+$2300) and $76,600 45 TFSI Sport (+$2464).
Meanwhile, the S Line grade is exclusively powered by a familiar 210kW/620Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel engine, although it now features a 48V mild-hybrid system. It completes the triple-digit dash in 5.7s and costs $89,600 (+$4511).
Of note, the 40 TDI and 45 TFSI variants are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the sole 50 TDI offering is matched to an eight-speed torque-converter unit. All feature Audi’s signature quattro all-wheel-drive system.
Standard equipment in the unnamed entry-level grade includes LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and start, a 10.1-inch touchscreen multimedia system (new), satellite navigation with live traffic, wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto support, dual Bluetooth connectivity, digital radio, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless smartphone charger, three-zone climate control, leather-appointed upholstery and ambient lighting.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention alert, a reversing camera, hill-descent control, tyre pressure monitoring and exit warning plus eight airbags.
The Sport grade adds 20-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a 180W sound system with 10 speakers, heated front sports seats, a power-adjustable steering column, intersection assist, emergency assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, park assist and surround-view cameras.
Meanwhile, the S Line grade also picks up a sports body kit (Titanium Black honeycomb grille insert, bumpers with silver trim, and illuminated scuff plates with ‘S’ lettering) and a head-up display.
Based on the Sport grade, a limited-run Launch Edition is also available, with its versions of the 40 TDI and 45 TFSI priced from $78,300 and $80,300 respectively. It bundles in metallic paintwork, bi-colour 20-inch Falx alloy wheels, carbon side-mirror caps, rear privacy glass, black exterior trim and extended leather-appointed upholstery with contrasting stitching.
Several option packages are available, including Assistance for the unnamed entry-level grade and Comfort and Technik for the Sport, Launch Edition and S Line. Individual options extend to OLED tail-lights.
As reported, a performance-focused SQ5 will be added to the facelifted Q5 range in the first half of 2021, with it to be offered with a 251kW/700Nm version of the 50 TDI S Line’s engine, while a new coupe-inspired Sportback body-style will arrive in the second half of 2021.
2021 Audi Q5 pricing before on-road costs
|40 TDI||automatic||$68,900 (+$2000)|
|45 TFSI||automatic||$69,600 (+$1787)|
|40 TDI Sport||automatic||$74,900 (+$2300)|
|45 TFSI Sport||automatic||$76,600 (+$2464)|
|40 TDI Launch Edition||automatic||$78,300 (NEW)|
|45 TFSI Launch Edition||automatic||$80,800 (NEW)|
|50 TDI S Line||automatic||$89,600 (+$4511)|