Audi Q5 review (2008-2017) - can Ingolstadt's best SUV challenge the BMW X3? - Engine and Gearbox

The Q5 is the best of Audi’s competent SUV range

Evo rating
Price
from £32,580
  • Well-sorted chassis, stylish looks inside and out, mega SQ5
  • steering lacks feel, dynamics not as sharp as BMW X3

Engine and gearbox

Three disparate engines in a variety of trims make up the easy-to-understand Q5 hierarchy and all Q5s are equipped with quattro – there’s no front-wheel drive option. The entry-level petrol and diesel models are the 2.0 TFSI with 178bhp/236lb ft and a 2.0 TDI with 148bhp/236lb ft. Both these engines are available in higher power formats, at 222bhp/258lb ft and 175bhp/280lb ft respectively. At the top are the 3.0 TDI with 242bhp/428lb ft, then the 309bhp/480lb ft SQ5. All models are four-pots, bar the 3.0 TDI and SQ5, both V6s.

 There are three transmissions available – a six-speed manual, the eight-speed Tiptronic automatic and a seven-speed dual-clutch S-Tronic. The manual is standard on all 2.0-litre engines, while the Tiptronic is the option for the 222bhp TFSI and the S-Tronic is fitted to the 175bhp TDI. The 3.0 TDI is S-Tronic only while the SQ5 gets the Tiptronic. If it’s an option, either self-shifting ‘box costs £1550.

Most Popular

Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae sold out – V12 supercar calls it a day, for now
Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimae
Lamborghini Aventador

Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae sold out – V12 supercar calls it a day, for now

The final Aventador Ultimae and next year’s Countach are now spoken for, calling the end of fresh orders for Lambo’s V12 models
21 Oct 2021
2022 Range Rover previewed before reveal next week
Range Rover teaser
Land Rover Range Rover

2022 Range Rover previewed before reveal next week

A new era for the Range Rover is about to be revealed, with new engines, tech and styling
20 Oct 2021
Car pictures of the week
evo car pictures of the week Oct 22nd 2021
Corvette Z06

Car pictures of the week

We revisit our test between the C7-generation Corvette Z06 and 991.1 911 GT3 from issue 206 in this week’s car pictures
22 Oct 2021