Audi adds mild hybrid tech in Q5 facelift

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Words: NZ Autocar
30 Jun 2020

Audi has gently facelifted its Q5 SUV, upgrading engines with mild hybrid tech and adding a new infotainment system.

Initially, only a 2.0L turbodiesel fitted with a belt starter-generator and offering mild hybrid functionality will be available. This permits engine-off sailing, and engine start-stop functionality can work at speeds below 22km/h. An AdBlue tank helps reduce NOx smut.

Dubbed 40 TDI, there’s roughly a 15-20 per cent reduction in fuel use and CO2 emissions using the WLTP scale.

The 40 TDI also happens to be a half second quicker to the open road limit than before, taking 7.6sec, though top speed is little changed.

Other diesel and 2.0L petrol engines will be added in time, one of the latter being a similar mild hybrid design with a sprint time of 6.4sec. An SQ5 with a 48v mild hybrid 3.0L V6 turbodiesel is also promised.

Styling changes are kept to a minimum, with a fascia change mainly seen in its reshaped grille, headlamps, DRLs, and front bumper.

In profile, new door sill inserts are the main change, while at the rear a restyled diffuser insert and new strip across the boot lid distinguish the facelift from the existing vehicle. Overall, the refreshed Q5 is 19mm longer at 4680mm.

The interior update is characterised by a new free-standing central 10.1in touchscreen, and the MMI dial controller has gone. Base spec includes 18-inch alloys, heated front sports seats, a multifunction steering wheel, three-zone air con, cruise control, keyless go and parking sensors each end.

Audi has been promising OLED lighting technology and now delivers, offering personalised lighting patterns, quickly changing configuration.

Q5’s rear lights illuminate if another vehicle comes within two metres of the car’s rear bumper when parked.

Expect a minor price rise when the updated Q5 arrives, likely in Q4 2020 or Q1 next year. A special Edition 1 variant will also be available initially.

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