Week 1: We welcome our 2018 Audi Q5 45 TFSI long-term tester to Motormouth HQ, and first impressions are
rather good, but there’s always a ‘but’…
Meet our 2018 Audi Q5 45 TFSI long-termer. It plays in what is quite possibly one of the toughest segments these days, with absolutely everybody present in the mid-size crossover sector. However, the little Audi is a serious proposition. I’ve nearly spent a week with the 45 TFSI and it already feels more resolved than any of the Japanese or American offerings. We’re looking at you, Lexus RX and Cadillac XT5.
First, a brief introduction is in order. Our long-termer packs a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, so don’t mind the 45 TFSI badging that Audi insists on confusing everyone with. The engine develops 252 horsepower and 370Nm of torque, available from as low down as 1,600rpm. Zero to 100km/h is dealt with in a shade over six seconds and the top speed is quoted at 237km/h. On the move it feels as nippy as a Golf GTI albeit one that’s sprinting on tippy toes, even though the two don’t share the MQB platform. Since the new Q5 is basically an Audi A4, it’s a great crossover to drive.
Our test car came in optional Navarra Blue, and is finished with the S-line addenda, it does look really rather good. There is plenty of equipment, including adaptive air suspension, ambient lighting, digital instrumentation and Audi’s latest MMI navigation system. Fuel economy has been fairly decent too at just over 12 litres per 100km, although I’m confident it will improve once I start driving like a normal human being.
The sat-nav seems a touch slow to respond on start-up and takes a precious few minutes to load sometimes. What’s it running on, Windows 7?
The big one is the price, though. With a reasonable amount of options included as standard, the Q5 45 TFSI costs AED192,500, which means it’s well priced. However, in the fine tradition of German carmakery, our specific model weighs in at AED241,300. That’s almost base Porsche Cayenne money. Is it worth it? I guess, we’ll find out in the next six weeks.
2018 Audi Q5 45 TFSI quattro — Long-term review
Average fuel economy: 12.1 litres/100km
Lows: Pricey with options, tardy sat-nav
Highs: Fantastic to drive; looks and feels premium inside and out
Costs this week: None