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Audi Q5 PDF Print E-mail

Audi has, for the first time in its history, recorded annualsales exceeding 1m units.? Andconsidering the general downturn in car sales towards the end of 2008, that isno mean feat.? In part it is consistentwith Audi?s global expansion plans, but it is also down to the fact that theIngolstadt automaker builds cars people actually want to buy; unlike the US?Big Three? that continued to produce mammoth trucks, with gas-guzzlingpropensities, long after the public decided they were not for them.? One such example of Audi?s success is the newQ5 off-roader.

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Audi introduced its new mid-sized off-roader at the LosAngeles Motor Show late last year.?Whereas the existing Audi Q7 is a vast seven-seater of extremely largeproportions, the Q5 is of more manageable dimensions.? The new vehicle is not quite what is termed a?cross-over?, but it is infinitely more sporting than its larger cousin.

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With a choice of three engines ? one gasoline and twodiesels ? many observers predict the Q5 2.0 TDi to become the best seller inthe range.? Equipped with direct fuelinjection, this unit also has twin counter-rotating balancer shafts to reducevibration.? Producing a massive amount oftorque, which peaks at 350 Nm, it also has a decent power output at 170 bhp (125kW).

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The other motors available with the Q5 are a turbocharged,gasoline direct injection, two liter developing 211 bhp and, again 350 Nm oftorque; and a three liter TDi V6 producing 240 bhp and 500 Nm, which isavailable between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. ?The latter engine is capable of getting the Q5from a standstill to the benchmark 100 km/h in just 6.5 seconds.? Pretty good for a diesel.

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The driveline of the Q5 sees its differential mounted aheadof the clutch, immediately behind the engine.?This repositions the front axle well forward, resulting in a longwheelbase and ideal load distribution.?All versions of the new SUV are fitted with permanent quattro all-wheeldrive.? The gasoline engined model andthe larger diesel are both mated to a seven-speed auto transmission, while the2.0 TDi is fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox.

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A unique feature, unmatched by the competition, is asophisticated electronic stability program that can detect when a roof rack isfitted and calculates the increase in center of gravity.? In this instance the ESP cuts in slightlyearlier as the handling limits are approached.

Although this is a luxury SUV, it is a true off-roader,capable of scaling a gradient of 31 degrees, with angles of approach anddeparture of 25 degrees.? The groundclearance is a substantial 20 centimeters and a wading depth of 50 centimetersis permitted when driving through water.?Standard equipment also includes a hill descent assist system, whichmakes driving down steep slopes safer by restricting the speed to below 30km/h.? Furthermore, the ESP and ABS havespecial mapping for off-road driving.

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Optional is electronic control for the dampers and dynamicsteering, which varies the steering ratio and power assistance, from a directratio at low speed to a more indirect one at higher speeds.? When the Q5 reaches its handling outerlimits, the dynamic steering, in tandem with the ESP, makes slight adjustmentsto the steering angle automatically.

The interior is equally comprehensively equipped, with three-zoneautomatic air-conditioning, and a quality audio system with eightspeakers.? Optional are a parking aidwith rearview camera, and a lane assist system that alerts the driver topotential hazards when changing lanes. A tire pressure monitoring system isstandard, as is a panoramic glass sun roof and adaptive lighting which turnsthe headlight beams to follow the road.

No prices for south-east Asia have been quoted just yet, butin Europe the top model sells for around 38,000 euros.? First deliveries are expected early thisyear.

 
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