With petrol-powered automobiles making a comeback within the luxurious segments, Audi introduced a renewed give attention to petrol automobiles in India, a while in the past. Final 12 months, India obtained the Q7 with a petroleum engine; and now it’s the Q5 that the model has made out there with the petrol engine on supply. The engine in query is similar 2.Zero-litre turbo-petrol motor that produces a powerful 252hp within the Q7. Curiously, this Q5 45 TFSI-badged petrol makes 62hp greater than the one Q5 on sale up till now – its 35 TDI’s 2.Zero-litre diesel counterpart that places out 190hp. Regardless of its energy variance, the TFSI prices precisely the identical because the TDI.
What’s it like on the within?
The Q5 petrol is equivalent to the diesel on the within, so there’s actually nothing new to report. What you do get is a well-finished cabin that’s massive on area and luxury. The sprint is low and offers a very good view out, the entrance seats are comfortable and you’re additionally sat very comfortably on the rear.
Just like the Q5 diesel, the Q5 petrol is out there in two trims – Premium Plus and Expertise. The feature-list isn’t class-leading for its phase, usually; however you do get numerous package. Tools on the top-spec 45 TFSI Q5 Expertise variant contains automated headlamps and rain-sensing wipers, powered entrance seats with a reminiscence operate for the motive force’s seat, three-zone local weather management, digital devices and smartphone connectivity appropriate with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
What it’s prefer to drive?
The petrol engine below the Q5 is a 1984cc, four-cylinder turbocharged engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The ability is transmitted by way of Audi’s Extremely Quattro all-wheel-drive system which transmits energy to all of the wheels when the automobile detects lack of traction.
The Q5 does really feel barely hesitant when starting-off. There’s a little bit of lag from the engine; and from the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox as nicely (the Q7 will get an eight-speed torque converter), which makes driving round in visitors a bit of jerky. Construct up the revs, although, and the engine responds nicely. The turbocharger kicks in at simply above 2,200rpm with a surge of gratifying energy. Gear shifts turn into smoother, too, and it’s solely whenever you pay shut consideration that you just discover the dual-clutch isn’t fairly as clean because the Q7’s torque converter unit. Nonetheless, upshifts are exact and the gearbox retains you in the precise gear on the proper time. The downshifts whenever you ground the accelerator are appropriately anticipated and rapidly executed. There may be additionally a Sport mode which retains the engine within the higher reaches of the powerband and offers the SUV readier entry to energy.
Like all the most recent Audis, general refinement ranges are very excessive on this model of the Q5, as nicely. The calm manner of the engine implies that you gained’t realise whenever you’re cruising at triple-digit speeds. The one actual giveaway of the form of tempo you’re doing is the tyre noise that creeps into the cabin.
The Q5 is secure at excessive speeds and agile sufficient for fast lane adjustments and attacking corners. Swap the drive mode to ‘dynamic’ and you may really feel the suspension set-up getting barely stiffer, and it does add dynamism to the package deal. The Quattro system does its job nicely – it gives the mandatory grip; however as ever, the Q5’s steering merely doesn’t give sufficient suggestions round corners.
Driving across the metropolis means coping with potholes; and the adjustable dampers work extraordinarily nicely in going over the common ones with ease. The tall 60mm sidewalls of the 18-inch alloy wheels additionally play an vital function on this. You may glide over a few of the dangerous roads with out slowing down a lot; and there may be not a lot of vertical motion. Though, do just remember to keep away from the larger potholes on the roads – these can be felt sharply, regardless.
Ought to I purchase one?
The Q5 petrol has been priced at Rs 55.27 lakh for the Premium Plus variant and Rs 59.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top-spec Expertise trim. These value tags are equivalent to equal variants of the diesel Q5. So, the query is: ought to somebody within the Q5 go for the petrol or the diesel variant? If efficiency is a precedence for you, the Q5 petrol is well the one to purchase. It’s fast and extra involving to drive, but holds onto all of the strengths that make the Q5 such a well-rounded package deal.
The Q5 45 TFSI makes for a very good purchase, as is; however is it the very best of the petrol mid-sized SUVs you should purchase? That’s one thing we are going to solely discover out when it goes up towards the Mercedes-Benz GLC300 and the brand new BMW X3 xDrive 30i in our upcoming comparability. Keep tuned.