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Audi has added a pair of new entry level engines to its mid-sized Q5 crossover and A4 allroad model lines. Both vehicles are now available with a 143 hp 2.0-liter diesel four cylinder. This common rail injected unit is the same engine offered in many other Volkswagen group models like the Jetta, Golf and standard A4. The all wheel drive diesel powered CUV gets a combined rating of 36.2 mpg (U.S.) on the EU test cycle. The Outback-like A4 allroad gets a 37.9 mpg (U.S.) rating on the cycle. Both vehicles are paired up with 6-speed manual gearboxes.
The Q5 also gets a second, new gasoline-powered option with a 180 hp variant of the 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged and direct injected four. In the Q5, this gas engine gets a rating of 28 mpg (U.S.) on the combined European cycle. Audi has not announced any plans to offer the A4 allroad in North America and the Q5 is currently only available here with a 3.2-liter gas V6.
New entry-level engines for Audi Q5 and A4 allroad
* 2.0 TFSI with 132 kW (180 hp) and 2.0 TDI with 105 kW (143 hp) in the Audi Q5
* 2.0 TDl with common rail technology also in the Audi A4 allroad
Effective immediately, two new entry-level engines are available for the Audi Q5: the 2.0 TDI and the 2.0-liter TFSI, both in conjunction with the 6-speed manual transmission. The diesel version is now also available in the A4 allroad quattro. These powerplant options expand the Audi product line with fuel-efficient models at attractive prices.
Effective immediately, Audi customers can order the 2.0 TDI with common rail high-pressure injection and 105 kW (143 hp) as an entry-level diesel for the Audi Q5 as well as for the Audi A4 allroad quattro. There is also a new entry-level gasoline engine available for the Q5 – the 2.0-liter TFSI with 132 kW (180 hp). All new models are equipped with quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Both the gasoline and the diesel versions are impressive in-line four-cylinder engines with direct injection. The supercharged TFSI gasoline direct-injection unit with 2.0 liters displacement exerts an impressive 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque throughout the broad range from 1,500 to 3,900 rpm. This powerplant is equipped with the Audi valvelift system on the exhaust side. With this variable control, the Audi engineers were able to substantially reduce fuel consumption while further increasing the efficiency of the engine. The 2.0 TFSI accelerates the Audi Q5 from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.5 seconds. Its average fuel consumption is 8.4 liters per 100 kilometers (28.0 US mpg).
In the high-tech diesel engine with the common rail injection system, the maximum torque of 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) is exerted between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. In the Audi Q5, which – like with the Audi A4 – has recently passed the Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) safety test with the maximum rating of five stars, the engine averages a thrifty 6.5 liters of diesel fuel per 100 kilometers (36.19 US mpg). The SUV accelerates to the 100 km/h mark (62 mph) in 11.4 seconds and has a top speed of 190 km/h (118 mph).
The Audi A4 allroad quattro 2.0 TDI with six-speed manual transmission consumes an average of 6.2 liters per 100 kilometers (37.94 US mpg). Thanks to its higher torque level it reaches the 100 km/h mark (62 mph) in 10.3 seconds and can accelerate up to 200 km/h (124 mph).
Selling prices for the Audi Q5 start at EUR 36,800 for the 2.0 TFSI and EUR 36,500 for the 2.0 TDI. The base price for the Audi A4 allroad quattro 2.0 TDI is EUR 37,100.