Revealed: Facelifted Audi Q5 gains hybrid tech

Published 30 June 2020

Audi's mid-sized SUV sees a subtle redesign, upgraded infotainment system and the addition of mild-hybrid engine technology. Order books are expected to open in July and prices are yet to be announced, but will likely start at about £44,000.

A turbocharged 204PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel mild-hybrid engine is the only powertrain available from launch. The 40 TDI is equipped with a belt-integrated starter-generator for 12V mild-hybrid functionality. Audi claims 43.6-44.4mpg on the WLTP cycle. 

Two additional variants of the 2.0-litre diesel with different power outputs will be added later in the year, alongside a diesel V6 and a two 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engines. The TFSIe petrol-electric plug-in hybrid will also return to the range.

The official fuel economy improves upon the 37.2- 39.8mpg of the previous-generation Q5, meaning CO2 emissions have also lowered (to 139-143g/km). The engine is equipped with twin-dosing selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for reduced NOx emissions, too.

Audi Q5 Inside

Performance figures are slightly improved, with the Q5 capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in 7.6sec and has a claimed top speed of 138mph, up from 135mph. 

The updated model gets a reshaped front grille, reshaped bumper and redesigned LED lights that feature a new daytime-running light signature. The new bumper designs make it 19mm longer, at 4680mm. Inside, the Q5 features a new free-standing 10.1-inch touchscreen with Audi’s MMI infotainment software. It ditches the rotary controller in favour of the touchscreen.

New OLED rear light tech allows owners to choose from a range of personalised lighting patterns. Three different signatures can be specified and the Q5’s rear lights are now also equipped with a proximity sensor as well - meaning they fully illuminate if another vehicle comes within two metres of the car’s rear bumper when it’s sat stationary. 

UK pricing for the updated Q5 has yet to be confirmed, but the €48,700 price tage in Germany would suggest an equivalent of around £44,200 in the UK - an increase of approx £1000. Order books are likely to open next month (July) with deliveries expected in autumn.

Audi Q5 Rear

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