The Audi Q5 is adapting to the fast-changing digital landscape by venturing into new technological territory and the successful midsize SUV has been extensively updated inside and out.
Highlights include the latest Audi touch-screen MMI Touch control in the cabin and new next generation digital OLED exterior lighting for top-tier versions, as a first in the automotive sector.
While the width and height of the midsize SUV remain as before at 1.89 metres and 1.66 metres respectively, it is now 19 millimetres longer at 4.8 metres, primarily due to its new, larger bumpers.
The exterior design features the octagonal Singleframe, which is shallower and appears wider than before, and the air intakes that flank it have grown in height and are now structured by trapezoidal insets. In S line, Edition 1 and top-tier Vorsprung models it also has a honeycomb design.
Inside, the interior design will be familiar to Q5 drivers, as will the freestanding MMI display. Closer inspection will reveal that the monitor itself is now larger, measuring 10.1 inches diagonally across the range, versus either seven inches or 8.3 inches depending on specification in the outgoing model, and that the rotary controller in the centre console which originally acted as the gateway to the MMI functions displayed on the screen is now absent, replaced by a storage compartment.
The long 2.82-metre wheelbase of the updated Q5 facilitates spacious interior proportions and ample luggage space accessible through the powered tailgate which is another range-wide standard feature.
With all five seats in place luggage space measures up to 550 litres, or 1,550 litres with the rear bench folded – these figures are based on the Vorsprung version with its standard sliding rear bench seat plus, which has a 40:20:40 configuration and offers a movable seat base and adjustable backrest angle in the interest of both passenger comfort and maximum load accommodation.
Rich in Style and Technology
The richly detailed navigation mapping delivered by MMI navigation plus appears on the freestanding central screen and also extends for the full length of the 12.3-inch fully digital Audi Virtual Cockpit display directly ahead of the driver, which in the UK is another previously Vorsprung-specific feature that now becomes standard throughout the range.
In the latest model it appears as the Audi Virtual Cockpit plus featuring two additional display options when selected by the driver via the MMI. Also common to all versions is the Audi Smartphone Interface, which enables the central screen to be given over to the user’s smartphone display and to provide direct access to many of the handset‘s key apps.
This attention to detail sets the tone for the Vorsprung version as a whole. With features such as electric steering wheel adjustment, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, a head-up display, Audi Phone Box wireless handset charging and Advanced Key access with electric hands-free boot opening, it offers an exceptionally well-rounded and inclusive equipment list. That list also includes virtually every driver assistance feature available in the Q5 range.
Front and rear parking sensors complemented by a reversing camera, cruise control, the Pre sense city collision avoidance and mitigation system and hill descent control are common to all versions.
The new-look Q5 is expected to arrive in the UK in the autumn. It will initially be available here with the familiar Sport, S line and Vorsprung specification options, and also in exclusive Edition 1 form for the first time.
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