The Audi Q5 has been a favourite in the premium mid-size segment, across the world and for many years. And now, Audi has made it even better and even more attractive with a refreshed facelift. The optimized Q5 now combines a sporty character with excellent everyday usability and versatility. The sharpened exterior design of this highly successful model now emphasizes the Audi Q SUV identity and boasts a rear light cluster featuring digital OLED technology, for the first time.
The exterior design: Audi Q design language now even more distinctive
The strong Q identity characterizes the exterior of the refreshed Audi Q5 with its expression of power, robustness and safety. In executing the exterior update, Audi designers further emphasized this look and feel with a series of distinctive details. The octagonal Singleframe is now shallower and appears wider than before. The side air intakes have grown in height and are now structured by trapezoidal insets. The upper section of the LED headlamps features a new signature for the daytime running lights. Viewed from the side, the Q5 now has a lighter look with greater ground clearance thanks to the redesigned sill insert. At the rear end is a new trim element between the light clusters and a new diffusor insert with a horizontal fin
The interior design: a light touch and first-class quality
The horizontal emphasis of the interior design conveys a feeling of breadth and lightness. The sculptural, elegant sweep of the trim inlay separates the lower and upper sections of the dashboard, with the focal point formed by the new freestanding MMI touch display with acoustic feedback. The previous rotary/push control on the centre-tunnel console is absent, its place now occupied by a storage cubby.
World first: digital OLED technology in the rear lights of the Audi Q5
The cockpit of Next-generation OLED lighting technology is available for the first time ever in the modified Q5. OLEDs are extremely efficient organic light-emitting diodes that generate a homogenous light surface. The optional OLED rear light is split into three tiles of six segments each, which enables Audi designers and developers to create different light designs and signatures from a single item of hardware.
Spacious and variable: dimensions and interior space
At 4.68 metres, the redesigned Audi Q5 is now 19 millimetres longer – due primarily to its larger bumpers. Its width (excluding mirrors) of 1.89 metres and height of 1.66 metres remain unchanged. The long wheelbase of 2.82 metres facilitates spacious interior proportions. Audi’s sliding rear bench plus with adjustable backrests is available as an option and enables a luggage space of 580 to 1,580 litres. With the normal rear bench, the luggage space measures 520 to 1,520 litres. A variable folding floor mat is optionally available and a power tailgate is standard on the Q5. Thanks to its intelligent material mix, the Q5 has one of the lightest body shells in the segment, while the cd figure of 0.30 is among the best-in-class. Refined aero-acoustics make for an exceptionally quiet interior.
Market introduction and pricing
The new Audi Q5 range officially went on sale in South Africa on 1 September 2021 and is priced as follows (inclusive of all taxes) and comes standard with a five year Audi Freeway Plan:
Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro R852,000
Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro Advanced R871,000
Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro S line R897,000
Audi Q5 45 TFSI quattro S line R947,000
Audi SQ5 TFSI quattro R1,208,000