📂︎ News | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ June 30, 2020
➤ On sale in July, now from £42,950, first deliveries September 2020.
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The Audi Q5 has been updated for 2020, with revisions inside and out to keep it fresh against rivals.
The refreshed Audi Q5 SUV gets a crisp, more distinct look, thanks to a few subtle style enhancements. Along with the reshaped headlights with broad LED daytime running lights – as you’ll find on the latest Audi A4 – there are larger air intakes and a grille that’s been designed to look wider than before.
S line trim models get the intricate honeycomb grille pictured below and a chrome strip on the redesigned rear diffuser. The tail-lights are new, too, and Audi has added two additional paint colour choices.
Four trim levels will initially be available, although one is an ‘Edition One’ launch version that adds extra kit to the S line model. The range-entry Sport model features 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, keyless start and heated front seats. Doing the range walk, S line costs an extra £3,000 thanks to the sportier body kit, bigger alloys, firmer suspension and matrix LED headlights (which give you full-beam brightness without dazzling other motorists).
Edition One launch models offer 20-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, black exterior trim and carbon-fibre side skirts.
Top-spec Vorsprung spec promises to be much more expensive than the Sport and S line models, adding adaptive air suspension, a 360-degree parking camera, automated parking assistance and scrolling indicators.
A bigger touchscreen is the main change inside, which swells from 8.3 to 10.1 inches. It benefits from Audi’s latest ‘MIB 3’ infotainment system, which is said to have 10 times more processing power than the system it replaces. The Virtual Cockpit digital dashboard seems destined to remain on the options list yet again…odd, considering a version of it comes as standard on the Audi A1. Other options include online features such as Car2X communication with other cars and local infrastructure, and a head-up display.
The 40 TDI 2.0-litre diesel engine now produces 201hp – up from 187hp in pre-facelift models – and covers the 0-62mph sprint in 7.6 seconds, which is half a second quicker than before. An automatic gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive are standard, while the engine now gets mild-hybrid electrical assistance and extra AdBlue to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. We’ll have to wait until Audi publishes WLTP economy figures but they should be slightly higher than the 39.8mpg you can currently expect.
The 45 TFSI petrol model also gets the mild-hybrid tech. The higher-tuned 2.0-litre engine now boasts 261hp, up from 242hp, but 0-62mph acceleration is the same at 6.4 seconds. A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version called the Q5 TFSI-e is available with two power outputs and should manage a decent amount of range on electric power.
At the top of the range sits the Audi SQ5, with its 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. It also now has mild-hybrid tech, so expect a boost in power over the current car’s 342hp.