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Audi Q5 updates introduce latest tech as standard

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Audi has updated its Q5 SUV with a new look, the latest Audi digital functions as standard across the range and a choice of diesel, petrol and two plug-in hybrid variants to follow.

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To kick things off, the new Audi Q5’s look is more in-line with its Q-series siblings, with larger bumpers and upper sections of the LED headlamps which replace the Xenon units as part of the entry level Sport specification. In S line and Edition 1 models, Matrix LED headlamps that were previously only available on the top-spec Vorsprung versions are now standard.

Unusual enhancements include the use of OLED lighting on the Q5 Vorsprung model, with owners able to choose from one of three light signature designs for the OLED rear lamps at the time of ordering.

Trims range from Sport and S line to – for the first time in the UK – a new Edition 1 specification options has been added. A further Vorsprung trim sits at the top of the range. Edition 1 is said to appear much like the more expensive Vorsprung model, but at a price point closer to the mid-range S line.

Inside, the new Q5 benefits from a larger 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen (replacing the old 7- or 8.3-inch screens). The infotainment system also steps up a gear, with up to ten-times more processing power than before, Audi says. MMI Navigation Plus is also standard and comes with voice control. Audi connect is part and parcel of the MMI navigation plus package, meaning that all versions of the latest Q5 can network closely with the internet and traffic infrastructure, and can display high-resolution satellite images from Google Earth, lane-by-lane information on traffic flow and traffic forecasts in real-time.

Drivers benefit from a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and Audi Virtual Cockpit, which was previously the reserve of Vorsprung models, too.

Initially, the new Q5 will only be available with a 40 TDI badge – powered by a 2.0 diesel with 204hp (up 14hp from the old unit) and 400Nm of torque. This engine is Euro 6d thanks to advancements including SCR and AdBlue injection and is said to emit less NOx. It’s no slouch either, with 0-62mph taking just 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 137mph.

The Q5 will further be available with TFSI engines and the Q5 TFSI e plug-in hybrid will also be reinstated with a choice of two outputs.

The updated Audi Q5 range will be available in the UK later this summer and is priced from £42,950 OTR.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.