The new Q5's subtle redesign barely hints at the many improvements made compared with its previous generation. While the size and shape of this compact luxury SUV remain, underneath the evolutionary bodywork is a new platform. With the redesign comes a better ride, along with more space and power, yet fuel economy has also improved. As expected of a new model, lots of high-tech features have been added alongside a variety of standard advanced safety features. Taken together, it becomes one of the most well-rounded models in its class.
A new 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine produces 252 horsepower, up 32 from the previous generation. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission replaces the eight-speed automatic, and this new setup helps it get to 60 mph in a scant 6.8 seconds, while managing an impressive 24 mpg overall -- both notable improvements.
The engine is smooth and energetic in normal driving, emitting a polished growl when pressed hard. Shifting is quick, smooth and direct, but the transmission can exhibit a slight delay from a rolling stop.