Petrol cars have slowly been making a comeback in the last 2 years.  The difference in the price of petrol and diesel has shrunk dramatically in the last 5 years. Earlier the price of diesel per litre was 50% less compared to petrol. That’s not the case any more.

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Audi introduced the petrol variant of the Q5 last year. You get a 2.0 inline-four-cylinder turbo petrol engine that puts out 252hp.

The OutsideCOLLAGE.jpgThe exteriors of the car are identical to the diesel variant. The one-piece square grille and headlights with the LED DRL’s is what you see when viewing the car from the front. Sharp and sleek looking is the design language ethos of the Q5 , whichever angle you view it from.

The Inside

The cabin inside comes with the electro – magnetic steering wheel, 3 zone air-conditioning and a huge 12.3-inch instrument cluster display. The Q5 comes with the Audi virtual cockpit which is a fully digital instrument cluster. The detailed graphics display shows a wide range of information such as traditional speed, rpm, navigation and, media and drive assistance.COLLAGE int1.jpgThe digital views which can be switched around, are superb to look at and use. The 8.3-inch infotainment display sits atop the dashboard. This is compatible with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto. The resolution is crisp and sharp.

One must use the rotary knob on the centre console to access the menu. An MMI scribble pad with 8 short cuts are available to use, when accessing the on-board navigation. The cabin has very good noise insulation. The air-conditioning has a smart feature, that it can detect which part of the SUV is getting direct sunlight, thus adjusting the temperature accordingly.

Safety is always of the highest standards in Audi cars. The Q5 comes with 8 airbags, park Assist system and a 360-degree camera. Seats are plush looking and extremely comfortable which is fantastic when driving long distances.  But only the driver’s seat gets a memory function. Nowadays luxury SUV’s in India come with huge sunroofs. The Q5 has one of the largest I have seen. Something one can use in the winters while driving on empty highway roads.COLLAGE intLots and lots of legroom is on offer for both front and rear passengers. Recline the rear seat back and you get even more comfort. The boot space is 550 litres. Fold the rear seat-back and one gets an additional 1,000 litres to play with!

Driving Experience

The petrol engine is a 1984cc, four-cylinder turbocharged engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Power is transmitted through Audi’s Ultra Quattro all-wheel-drive system to all the wheels.

The Q5 is nimble from the get-go. The engine responds well, the moment you go past 2,2000 rpm, the turbocharger comes into play offering the driver a surge of power. The seven-speed gearbox is one of the best in the business. Upshifts and downshifting is smooth, handled with the utmost ease. The anticipation, timing of the gearbox is extremely precise.

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Comfort is the driving mode I started with while getting out of the city. As soon as we were on the highway heading out of the city, I shifted to dynamic mode. The suspension set-up immediately felt stiffer; the overall character of the SUV became sportier.

The Q5 handles quick lane changes very easily, is extremely stable at high speeds. The engine is very calm and refined, which is a hallmark with all the Audi models.

The suspension setup is top notch. The adjustable dampers work extremely while dealing with all sort of road conditions. The 60mm sidewalls of the 18-inch alloy wheels play an important role in making the drive a comfortable exercise for the passengers.

Verdict

If you are someone who loves performance, that’s one of the deciding factors when you buy a car, then the Q5 TFSI is the SUV for you. Its quick, has excellent driving dynamics, it’s a model that has tasted success worldwide. The Q5 TFSI is a car that appeals to the enthusiast in every driver.

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The Audi Q5 TFSI is priced at Rs 55.27 lakh for the Premium Plus variant and Rs 59.96 lakh ex-showroom Mumbai for the top-spec Technology trim.

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