Meet Audi’s Lighter, More Aggressive Second-Gen Q5 [66 Images]

Following an extensive teasing campaign that previewed some of its features, the 2017 Audi Q5 is finally here.

On display at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, the latest SUV the brand with the four rings came up with is said to combine “the sportiness of an Audi saloon with the multifaceted character and a highly flexible interior“, while adding the latest connectivity and driver assistance systems.

With the new Q5 we are setting the bar a notch higher. Among the great innovations are the quattro drive system with ultra technology, highly efficient engines, the air suspension with damper control and a comprehensive line-up of infotainment and assistance systems“, said Chairman of the Board of Management at Audi AG, Rupert Stadler.

The 2017 Audi Q5 has a more rugged appearance than its predecessor, which amplifies its off-road credentials. Influences are coming from the larger Q7 and even the smaller Q2, while the signature grille and the shape of the LED or high-res Matrix LED headlights, depending on the model selected, make it instantly recognizable as an Audi.

While its exterior screams SUV through its pores, underneath the skin, the new Q5 is actually an A4, as it is underpinned by the same MLB evo platform used on the compact car, which is also found on the Q7 as well.

The architecture helps is shed up to 90 kg (198 pounds) from its total weight, but despite being lighter, it has actually increased in size and spans at 4.66m (15.3ft) long, 1.89m (6.2ft) wide and 1.66m (5.4ft) tall, with a 2.82m (9.3ft) wheelbase. Boot space ranges from 550 to 610 liters (19.4-21.5 cubic feet), 10 liters (0.4 cubic feet) more than before, and it can expand up to 1,550 liters (54.7 cubic feet) with the rear bench folded down.

Inside, the more spacious cabin has room for five passengers, who will quickly notice the standard 7.0-inch free-standing screen or the optional 8.3-inch display, which is controllable through the rotary dial and touch pad, along with the Audi Virtual Cockpit, which is on the options list. Other features include the LTE module, Wi-Fi hotspot, Audi Connect Services, Audi phone box, Bang&Olufsen premium sound system, Audi tablet, which serves as a flexible rear-seat entertainment device, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a wide range of driver assistance and safety systems.

The engine lineup counts a 2.0-liter TFSI petrol, with 252 PS (248 HP), joined by four TDI diesels, including the 2.0-liter with 150 PS (148 HP), 163 PS (161 HP) and 190 PS (187 HP), and the 3.0-liter that develops 286 PS (282 HP) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque.

Depending on the selected version, the Germans can throw in a six-speed manual or a seven-speed S tronic gearbox, while the 8-speed tiptronic is reserved for the most potent variant. The Quattro AWD is standard on all models, except for the 150 PS diesel, where FWD can be exchanged for all-wheel drive, but for an extra cost.

The most basic version of the Q5 comes with five-link front and rear suspension, with adjustable dampers and steel springs, similar to the ones on the A4. However, as it was revealed by a previous teaser, the air suspension will become available too, as an option, and it will include a self-leveling feature taken straight from the Q7.

By the time it will arrive at dealers across Europe from early next year, the new Q5 will come with five new trim levels – Sport, Design, S Line, Design Selection and S Line – and prospective buyers will have to choose from 14 exterior colors. All examples will be assembled in Mexico and the cheapest version will carry a starting price of €45,100 ($50,555) in Germany.


  • Zygius

    Meh….. Is it realy not Q3?

  • roy

    i like it….. also it will sell well

    • Knotmyrealname

      I hope your guide dog likes it as well. Lot’s of space for it.

      • Audi Rulz

        Who pissed in your Corn Flakes? YOU can say YOU don’t like it, but don’t insinuate that others are “blind” because they just don’t happen to agree with your opinions.

        • Knotmyrealname

          Chill. No offence meant. Yes, design is subjective. To me it looks like a cardboard box-like object. To others it’s beautiful.

      • roy

        ha ha …. isee what you did there, but as a daily modern day car its good enough

      • roy

        ha ha …. isee what you did there, but as a daily modern day car its good enough

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  • Sébastien

    Nice small and a bit more affordable Q7… But where’s the Etron version?

  • Incog Nito

    New generation? It is more like a facelift..
    Suprise? No.

    • Matt

      Look again.

    • WiZe1972

      There you go… If this looks like a facelift you’ve got serious issues with your eyes

    • Andrewthecarguy

      I agree. But that is AUDI’s modus operandi. The current version won’t tank in value because the new one came out. American car manufacturers can learn a thing or 2 about that.

      • Knotmyrealname

        The current one won’t tank in value because it looks better. $10 says it’s been designed to cater for the Chinese.

    • lapirk

      agree. the front seems new but that rear is very similar to the old one

  • InCotexM 3

    So the A5/S5/Rs5 are the only models which carry the ugly headlight design. I’m losing interest in Audi by the minute. Defiantly my 2013 Rs5 looks and sounds better than what I have seen so far.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      This is what I like about AUDI. The older ones don’t all of a sudden become unattractive. The new ones will find new ‘lovers’ no doubt. But I’m with you: I prefer the initial RS5 to the new one.

  • R1S0

    Looks better than q7.
    but that central tunnel is space wasting with that huge gear level and trackpad and buttons and micro storage next to it…
    they need to look at the new discovery how you do that…

  • GreenApple18r

    The rear hasn’t changed.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Gawd it’s awful, Sorry.
    Interior’s not too bad, but they really seem to be a bit lost at the mo’

  • Deckard_Cain

    Tremendousl boring but amazing interior.

  • lapirk

    more of an evolution, nonetheless handsome and a better proportioned q7. thank goodness they got rid of the horrible dust collecting full length vents present in the a4/q7

  • Evo45

    Something is born… The Q7’s little twin-ish brother!

  • MarkoS

    Big improvement! It looks more its premium now. The side-creases even work here, where I hate them on the dowdy looking new A5. Nice job here Audi. I like this better than the GLC, but try getting me out of the gorgeous Jaguar F-Pace.

  • DMJ

    Audi dominating the art of making a new car with a new wheelbase look exactly like the old one!

  • TrevP

    Not loving this next generation of Audi’s

  • Nordschleife

    1. I am so happy they don’t have that full length center vent that the A4/A5 has and 2. It looks like a refresh because the side silhouette looks the same. I will say this looks better resolved than the Q7/Q2.

  • pmindemann

    “Depending on the selected version, the Germans can throw in a six-speed manual…” but not in the United States (is what it should have said). And that’s a shame. Throw in a manual option and I’d buy one in a second.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      You didn’t hear the news about the A4, did you?

  • alexxx

    how they dare to call it a new model???? do they have any shame?

  • Chris

    SO instead of German built it’s now Made in Mexico! They could’ve made it in the US, that would of made Trump very happy.

  • unmistakably a Q5, but better!!!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Nope, I’m sorry. I can’t…

  • Kash

    I like that they used the same styling trick for the hood that they did on the A5. I also like the overall look of this, but I’m still liking the GLC more, but only as the 43 model. this doesn’t look quite SUV enough.

  • Cloudbusted

    Audi has the laziest design team in the world. Unbearably dull but with a good interior

  • Hoe

    Horrible, Audi creates monsters again and again lately.

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  • Knotmyrealname

    Just as an aside, it’s amazing how small steering wheel airbags are becoming.

  • Vassilis

    I really don’t like Audi’s new design trend of adding that arch on the fenders. I prefer the previous Q5’s looks.

  • Nicos

    Ready to smash anything in its class!

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