Audi is definitely the brand on the move, both in Qatar and in the wider world, unstoppable on its path, determined to be the number one luxury carmaker on the planet.
Audi has youth and momentum on its side. It is the freshest of the luxury brands and constantly rising sales and market share prove it is executing on its plans with great efficiency and success.
Audi says it is building cars to set new standards. It intends to convince rather than persuade; it is efficient without spoiling driving enjoyment, it is sporty but still level-headed. It combines sensible technologies with traditional qualities such as intelligence, comfort and power. Such a new kind of car is the new Audi Q5.
The sheer stunning good looks of any new Audi are enhanced by the precise workmanship, which is unmistakeable inside and out.
The grille in high-gloss black with vertical chrome struts, front fog lights with chrome rings, webs in high-gloss black on the delicate air intakes and the trapezoidal bumper shape all indicate a strong character. Many details reinforce this impression.
Seated inside, your admiration for Audi craftsmen increases as you enjoy the brand’s blend of luxury seats soft to the touch yet supportive, with user-friendly controls and systems that show Audi is ahead in the technological arena, and well into enhancing the ever-improving smartphone era. The infotainment system is indeed impressively up to date. I connected my iPhone in a Bluetooth minute and instantly had numerous ways to enjoy my own library of music and podcasts. The radio was easy to use and found stations fast.
The driving experience is excellent, with abundant power and blazing acceleration in the exceptional grip of the Quattro® all-wheel-drive. You can imagine you are in an exhilarating sports car or just relax with your family and enjoy the luxurious space and amenities; in both cases the world-class safety systems make you feel safe.
And in this Audi Q5 you’ll even love to make the weekly shopping trip!
ENGINE 3.0 litre V6, 24 valves, TFSI direct fuel injection, supercharged with two intercoolers
TRANSMISSION Eight-speed automatic (Tiptronic) with Quattro® all wheel drive
MAX POWER 272 hp (203 kW) from 4,780 rpm
MAX TORQUE 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) from 2,150 rpm
MAX SPEED 234 kph
ACCELERATION 0 – 100 kph in 5.9 secs
EXTERIOR The three-dimensionally designed bonnet radiates elegance and sportiness; the now iconic singleframe radiator grille has been reinterpreted to reinforce its strong character; coupé-like roof line; wide wheel arches; striking, bright LED daytime running lights; emphatic rear diffuser and distinctively sporty flat-bottomed tailpipes
INTERIOR Feel totally in command: Audi exclusive supportive seats plus the relaxed, higher seating position lets you enjoy the view of both the road and the high-class, high-tech cabin where sophisticated leather is teamed with even more technically impressive yet user-friendly driving information, smart navigation, phone, internet and entertainment systems for you to enjoy; wonderful Bang & Olufsen sound system; generous baggage space with low loading convenience
SAFETY/SECURITY Keyless locking and starting system; comprehensive front, side and curtain airbags; four-wheel discs and ABS; electronic stabilisation control; auto hold assist; parking system assist
Q-Auto on Salwa Road will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the latest Audi or any of its sporty cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 800 2834.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 62 Spring/Summer 2015 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 62 for only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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