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The Audi Q5 - The performance SUV for the active lifestyle

Ingolstadt - Audi is creating a new market segment: the Audi Q5, the new performance SUV, combines the dynamism of a sports sedan with an impressively versatile interior and multiple talents aimed at leisure and family use. Three powerful, efficient engines, quattro permanent all-wheel drive and an agile suspension layout form an impressive technological package for on-road and off-road use. The innovative seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and the driving dynamics system Audi drive select are among the other highlights.

The Audi Q5 is the sports car in the SUV category and the perfect car for an active lifestyle – it is progressive and dynamic, spacious, multifunctional and comfortable. It will be appearing in the fourth quarter of 2008 at a starting price of EUR 38,300. The proportions: new configuration

The Audi Q5 is 4.63 meters (15.19 ft) long and 1.88 meters (6.17 ft) wide, but only 1.65 meters (5.41 ft) high, giving it the sportiest proportions in its market category. Its drag coefficient of just 0.33 also represents a top figure for its category. The Q5's design is elegant and sculptural – typically for Audi, which is the leading brand in this domain. The large single-frame grill dominates the front end, and the headlamps can be supplied with xenon plus bulbs and LED daytime running lights as options, in which case the rear lights also feature LED technology.

The wheelbase of 2.81 meters (9.22 ft), the best figure in the segment, means that there is abundant space on board the Audi Q5. The seats are ergonomically shaped and of a flexible design. The angle of the rear seat backs can be adjusted and they can be laid flat very easily – it suffices to operate the release catches in the cargo area so that they can be folded down onto the seat cushions. This increases the cargo capacity from 540 to 1,560 liters (19.07 to 55.09 cubic ft), and there is a second storage compartment beneath its floor panel. There is a load guard as standard, and a cargo-securing kit, a dirt-resistant tray and electric drive for the tailgate are available as options.

The Q5 is a performance SUV that is a highly talented all-rounder for sport, leisure and family use. As an option Audi can supply the rear bench seat plus, which can be adjusted longitudinally by 100 millimeters (3.94 in) and incorporates a load-through hatch. There is also the option of a folding seat back for the front passenger's seat. The Audi Q5 comes with an array of factory-fitted storage compartments and power sockets; a climate-controlled cup holder (option) keeps drinks cool or warm. Another ingenious detail is the fixing point in the front passenger's footwell, to which various storage facilities can be secured.

The Audi Q5 is appearing on the market with three engines – one gasoline and two TDI. All of them are direct injection units with turbocharging. Their major strengths are high performance, beefy pulling power, refined running – and impressive fuel efficiency. The 3.0 TDI is the most powerful engine in the range. The V6 diesel summons up all of 176 kW (240 hp) and – from 1,500 to 3,000 rpm – 500 Nm (368.78 lb-ft) of torque. This superlative power takes the Audi Q5 from a standstill to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 225 km/h (139.81 mph). On average the three-liter engine needs only 7.5 liters of fuel per 100 km (30.55 US mpg).

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(July 07, 2008)

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