What is it?
This is the Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI S tronic. It’s likely to be a rare site on the road compared with the diesel models.
The 208bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged model tested here is the only petrol-powered Audi Q5. Our test car had the optional seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and Drive Select system, which allows the steering and gearbox to be altered for responsiveness.
What’s it like?
Fast, refined and unexpectedly nimble. The Audi Q5 is no lightweight, with a substantial 1740kg to heft around, but Audi has successfully disguised the weight, almost managing to make the Q5 feel like a large hot hatch.
The Q5 gets the reworked turbocharged, direct-injection TFSI already seen in the A5 and A4. The 258lb ft of torque and impressive refinement both work to give the petrol Q5 very respectable, usable performance.
Outright acceleration is better than you expect but, in truth, it’s the in-gear overtaking ability and handling that marks the Q5 out as a highly accomplished sports SUV.
The optional Drive Select does make a difference at speed, but it still seems like an unnecessary and slightly complicated gimmick. Most people will choose to leave it in ‘auto’ and forget about it. In this default setting, the 2.0-litre Q5 offers responsive steering, seamless up-changes, decent body control and sharp handling