Audi Q5 long term review, second report

Audi Q5 long term review, second report

Niggles? A small yet big one. The rear left door lock failed and as a result the door couldn’t be opened from the inside or outside. At first, I thought it was a problem with the child lock, but it wasn’t. This was some sort of failure in the mechanism, which was sorted out when the Q5 went for its first service. Yet, on modern cars you don’t expect such glitches.

Rear door latch failed and couldn't be opened.

I went to a drive-in theatre after 40 years to watch Top Gun: Maverick, which Audi hosted for owners. The seats are very generous and supportive, but the true test of how comfy they are was not on the highway, but on the roof of the Jio drive-in theatre. In fact, the ride at the rear is a touch too soft and on an undulating surface, the rear tended to gently pitch and wasn’t as flat as I would have liked. Note to Audi engineers: firm up the rear dampers a wee bit please. It’s a happy, relaxed cruiser with a soft ride, prioritising comfort over sportiness. The Mumbai-Pune Expressway and four-laner Bengaluru highway reaffirmed the Q5’s highway credentials. On the way up, I got a flat 10kpl, which is pretty good considering that this 2.0-litre turbo-petrol – when driven hard – struggled to give double digit figures. Another revelation on this trip is that 95 octane petrol (available only at IOCL pumps) works better than standard 91 octane with high-compression TFSI engines, which have been designed for higher octane fuel. I could immediately feel a marked improvement in performance, and fuel efficiency improved by a bit too, which somewhat offsets the higher price of 95 octane (Rs 5 more than 91 octane). On low beams, the headlights had a wide spread, which nicely lit up the edges of the road, your main marker when driving in these conditions. You need to use low beams in fog because high beams reflect the light off the moisture in the air straight back at you and this reduces visibility further. Visibility was heavily reduced and slowed me down to a crawl, with the last 20km being a true test for the Q5’s LED headlights. The tail end of the monsoon meant the air was thick with moisture, and that meant fog, thick fog. However, it was the last 30 minutes of the drive from Panchgani to Mahabaleshwar – a good five hours later – that was the most nerve-wracking. I am happy to report, the Q5 is superb in traffic. It steps off the line smartly and the linearity that the throttle response and the brakes give lets you inch forward smoothly and seamlessly. A 6pm departure from the office meant getting stuck in rush-hour traffic, and the stop-and-go driving I had to endure for the first hour was pretty frustrat

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