2012 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI Quattro S tronic – First Drive and Review

By Christian Stampfer on 14 March 2012
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Introduced in 2008 for the 2009 model year, the Audi Q5 is a compact crossover SUV, a segment created by BMW in 2004 with the introduction of the X3 Sports Activity VehicleMercedes-Benz added an entrant a few months ahead of Audi with the GLK.

The Q5 TDI is one of several diesel-powered Audis we expect to see in the U.S. in the next 12 months or so from Ingolstadt.

The Q5 is manufactured at the Audi home plant in Ingolstadt, in Changchun (China), and Aurangabad (India). Several gasoline and diesel engines are available alongside a hybrid model. In the U.S., only two gasoline models, the four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI and the six-cylinder 3.2 FSI, are currently offered but that will soon change.

Our week with the Q5 started at the Audi Forum Munich, located at the Munich Airport Center (MAC). A branch of the Audi Forum Ingolstadt, the Audi Forum at the Munich Airport offers visitors a place to experience and become acquainted with the Audi brand.

Our Audi Q5, equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel engine, arrived in an elegant and exclusive combination on a snowy and windy morning. The elegant Teak Brown Metallic exterior color perfectly fit the Cardamom Beige leather of the interior. Additional safety features, the Adaptive Cruise Control, Side Assist and the navigation system MMI completed the package.


The 3.0-liter six-cylinder TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection) diesel engine of our Q5 had a power output of 240 hp (176 kW) and developed 368 pound-feet (500 Nm) of torque. The most powerful diesel engine of the Audi Q5 model range is engineered with Audi´s latest TDI Common-Rail diesel technology. As most modern diesels, this engine uses high-pressure direct fuel injection with Bosch piezo-injectors. The Bosch system injects precisely measured quantities of fuel with a maximum pressure of 1,800 bar (28,000 psi) into the combustion chamber.

Thanks to this intelligent technology, Audi reports an average fuel consumption of 7.5 l /100 km (33 mpg) in the EU test cycle. Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) is accomplished within 6.5 seconds while the car emits 199 g CO2 per kilometer.

In addition to the 3.0-liter diesel power plant, Audi offers two additional diesel engines, both 2.0 liters in displacement, with 143 hp (105 kW) and 170 hp (125 kW).

The Q5 3.0 TDI engine came with the seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission, which is standard. It integrates two multi-plate clutches that control different gears (one for the even-numbered gears 2, 4 and 6 and one for the odd-numbered gears 1, 3, 5, 7). While the driver is accelerating in the third gear, the fourth gear is already engaged in the background. Gears can also be shifted manually with the selector lever or with the optional paddles on the steering wheel.

The transmission transfers the 500 Nm of torque to the permanent Quattro all-wheel drive system. The standard power distribution is 60% to the rear axle and 40% to the front axle. Depending on driving conditions, up to 85% of power can be transferred to the rear axle while up to 65% can be transferred to the front axle.

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