- Jul 15, 2008
CAR samples the new Audi Q5 TDI, 35 mpg from a 2.0L diesel SUV
CAR gave a somewhat mixed review of the Q5 feeling that the even the standard 18" wheels looked small on the Q5. The magazine thought the Audi's styling was rather tame. The Q5 is about the same size as the Acura RDX. Having seen the Q5 in Germany just prior to its debut at the Beijing Motor Show in April, I have say that I thought the Q5 is quite a handsome vehicle and wears Audi's current design language well. One element CAR didn't complain about was the mileage of the Q5, especially with the 2.0L TDI they drove. In the Q5 with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system and a 7-speed S-Tronic dual clutch transmission, it gets 35 mpg (US) in all around driving. The torque of the 2.0L diesel was found to be more than adequate to move the Q5 capably. Unfortunately American drivers will likely only see a 3.2L FSI gasoline V6 when the Q5 launches here so we won't get anywhere any of these mileage numbers.