The feeling of driving the Audi Q5 2021 is encapsulated in the word smooth, not too sporty, but flexible, good soundproofing, and the necessary luxury from the senior Q7.
Q5 is one of the key sales models of Audi globally as well as in Vietnam. There is no advantage in price and variety of versions like the locally assembled rival Mercedes GLC, but this imported SUV has its own customer group, preferring its own fashion, technology and performance. logo four circles.
In any segment, the competition between the German giants often avoids direct confrontation. There, each company chooses to build separate designs and products to attract different groups of customers. In the BMW X3 are the shapes that create a muscular, sporty look. Mercedes GLC soft, unisex. The Audi Q5 chooses the direction of alternating between these two brands, which are strong, streamlined design lines, creating a fashionable look in urban areas.
In the latest upgraded version, the exterior of the Q5 with the S-line equipment package has a large single-frame grille, a honeycomb hole design that feels sportier than the horizontal bar design in the previous version. The decorative air vents on both sides are reshaped, the highlight is silver borders. This detail is repeated on the front, side and rear fenders to increase the sportiness.
The matrix LED lighting system has a new graphic design. At night where there are no street lights, the system automatically adjusts the light beams independently to optimize visibility for the driver. Each cluster of light “runs” flexibly, without dazzling the vehicles in front and oncoming. The driver hardly needs to actively change between phase and cos. Meanwhile, other brands often only integrate the automatic phase / cos feature.
At the rear are LED taillights with new graphics, matching the body design and front lights. In an even more advanced option, the taillights will be OLED, allowing the driver to customize different types of graphics. LED turn signal lights, integrated with daytime positioning lights.
In terms of dimensions, the Q5 2021 is 4,682 mm long, an increase of 19 mm compared to the previous version. Width and height remain the same, 2,140 mm and 1,662 mm respectively. The wheelbase is 2,824 mm long. Ground clearance 201 mm. On the Q5 S-line version equipped with Graphite gray rims, size 19 inches, stylized V spokes design.
The biggest change in the interior is the entertainment system. Audi’s familiar physical control MMI (Multi Media Interface) knob is omitted, replaced by a 10.1-inch touch screen. The user interface and graphics inside the MMI system are optimized by Audi, more suitable for direct touch operation, similar to the elder Q7.
In actual use, this monitor gives haptic feedback, realistic sound with high sensitivity. The third generation MIB infotainment platform on the Q5 2021 offers 10 times faster computing power than the previous generation platform, according to an announcement from Audi. However, for careful customers, sometimes there will be a feeling that the square screen design does not fit with the trapezoidal interior space.
In the driving position, the driver probably doesn’t need to worry too much about the entertainment screen, because all functions have been integrated into the “virtual cockpit” system Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus. The 12.3-inch, high-resolution digital driver’s center screen displays a variety of data. The driver can choose from three display modes Classic, Sport or Dynamic. The information will be displayed further personalized through buttons on the steering wheel, customizing large or small satellite maps, entertainment functions, phone book, actual operating status of the vehicle. car… In addition, the information display screen on the HUD (Head-Up Display) is available.
The details of the S-line equipment package in the interior include a D-cut flat-bottom steering wheel. Sports seats upholstered in leather and Dinamica Frequenz with embossed S logo. Gas pedal, stainless steel brake. Ambient Light color customization package. Bang & Olufsen 16-speaker 3D sound system, 16-channel amplifier, 755 W capacity. Sporty matte aluminum interior trim. Aluminum front door sill with glowing S logo.
The Audi Q5 S-line 2021 in Vietnam uses a 2.0 turbocharged engine, with a capacity of 245 horsepower from 5,000-6,000 rpm. Maximum torque of 370 Nm from 1,600 – 4,500 rpm. 7-speed S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. Acceleration from 0-100 km / h in 6.3 seconds before reaching the electronic limit of 237 km / h. Quattro ultra full-time four-wheel drive system.
New on the upgraded Q5 is a mild hybrid electric system (MHEV) that helps optimize fuel consumption. This technology includes a BAS starter generator set with a capacity of 12V, combined with a lithium-ion battery pack to help store energy. When decelerating, BAS has the ability to recover energy and recharge the battery. If the driver releases the accelerator between speeds between 55-160 km/h, the Q5 engine can shut down for up to 40 seconds.
Let go of the accelerator to let the car run in the crowded city, the car engine stops early from the speed of 22 km / h with start / stop mode. Lightly clicking from the brake to the accelerator pedal, the car accelerates smoothly thanks to energy intervention from the BAS unit. The entire operation of this system is displayed on the screen, informing the fuel level that the technology has saved.
The new version adds a 360-degree camera with a variety of viewing angles, navigation instructions according to the user’s steering wheel. The display and guidance of this camera system give highly accurate, responsive feedback. On the screen, each indicator at each corner when there is a possibility of a collision will be alerted in levels by audio and visual.
On the road, Q5 shows a significantly improved sound insulation compared to the previous version. The car’s multi-link suspension uses aluminum forks, helping to reduce weight and increase flexibility at high speeds. The solution to reduce weight is also in the aluminum body engine, aluminum engine block. These are important factors that help the vehicle achieve an optimal front/rear weight distribution. To increase the flexibility of operation, the Q5 has a front wheel cavity design close to the front of the car.
On bad roads, mixed roads or poor grip when it rains, the driver clearly feels the value of the quattro ultra drive system on the Q5. Under normal operating conditions, quattro will distribute 100% of traction to the front axle to optimize fuel consumption and increase smoothness when operating. When facing road conditions with poor traction, the two Haldex electronically controlled disc clutches are automatically connected to the drive shaft in just one second, according to a statement from Audi.
Going long distances, the S-line sports seats are also a plus. The seat is designed with high ergonomics, including many pieces arranged in the shoulders, hips and sides of the thighs, providing a comfortable feeling when traveling long distances, making the driving position more stable, without being pushed too much. bends or when steering.
Similar in design, the German trio of BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and Audi Q5 rarely confront directly in operation. The BMW X3 feels sporty and aggressive and the Mercedes GLC is smooth and gentle, the Q5 is in the middle, with the strength of the quattro ultra drive system. Audi’s harmonious crossover is popular with customers who do not need to express their personality, but prefer elegance, a little love of fashion and technology. The Audi Q5 brings a dynamic feeling to the driver, but for customers who are passionate about true sports, the car still lacks a bit of agility and immediacy.
Q5 2021 is distributed in Vietnam with two new exterior colors, with 11 standard colors as before. The car has a starting price of 2.4 billion VND, competing with rivals Lexus NX priced from 2.56 billion VND, BMW X3 priced from 2.28 billion VND or Mercedes GLC from 1.8 billion VND. The price of Q5 is not as cheap as the GLC, but with the amount of equipment and improvements, the 2.4 billion level has not been rolled yet is still an option worth considering.
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