The Second-Generation Audi Q5 is Ready to Hit Philippine Roads

October 12, 2017

A year after its global debut, the second-generation Audi Q5 has finally arrived in the Philippines. A special bash was held at the posh Manila Polo Club in Makati City last night to welcome the newest compact SUV.

Keeping the overall profile of the previous model (which is typical Audi), the latest Q5 sports a new flared Singleframe grille flanked by sleek LED headlamps and daytime running lights, a muscular shoulder line, a more flowing roofline, and doors that extend past the sills. This last bit helps keep one's pants clean and free of dirt that could be had while entering the vehicle.

Taller, wider, and longer, the new Audi Q5 offers more generous room inside. The luxurious five-passenger cabin boasts of rich leather appointments, first-rate fit and finish, and of course, cool tech that the brand is known for. The Virtual Cockpit, for instance, finds its way here and gives the driver all the info he needs via 12.3-inch high-res display. Then there is the MMI infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This allows owners to connect their mobile devices seamlessly, helping them to safely stay in touch with the outside world.

Speaking of space, the three-segment split-folding rear seatbacks allow various-sized cargo to be stowed in the Q5’s spacious boot. Audi says that up to 550L of luggage and gear can be carried.

At launch the local-spec Audi Q5 will come with either a 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline or 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine.  The petrol lump makes 250hp and 350Nm, good for a 7.2-second 0-100kph time and a 220kph top speed. The diesel motor, on the other hand, is no slouch as it musters 190hp and 400Nm of twist. This is good for a 0-100kph sprint of 7.9 ticks and a terminal velocity of 217kph.

Audi notes that the highlight of the new Q5 is its innovative drivetrain. The standard 7-speed S-tronic transmission is complemented by Audi’s patented quattro all-wheel drive system with Ultra technology. This essentially means that the SUV can either be a front- or all-wheel driver on demand, depending on the situation. This aids in better fuel economy and increased driving fuel.

Driving pleasure is heightened further with the new adaptive air suspension. It adjusts ride height and tailors the car’s ride to the road and driving conditions. Moreover, the driver can specify either Comfort or Dynamic mode to suit his whims.

The all-new Audi Q5 is now available at your nearest Audi Philippines dealership across the country. 

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.