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Audi Q5: Ride report with the facelift

Audi Q5

Interesting driving report here with the facelifted Audi Q5.

All engines now employ direct injection, forced induction and stop-start. There are turbocharged petrol and diesel 2.0-litre four-pots, while 3.0-litre V6s comprise a supercharged petrol engine making 268bhp. The turbocharged oil-burner we drove is just 5bhp but 59lb ft punchier than before, yet 17 per cent more economical.

That additional twist palpably benefits in-gear acceleration with little lag, accompanied by a bassy, technical soundtrack that settles when cruising. Idle brings a reassuring hum; fast-acting start-stop is heard but hardly felt. The dual-clutch ’box kicks down quickly and decisively, and paddle override is light-switch instant.