Subtle updates for Audi’s all-roader

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AUDI plans an autumn update of its Q5, the five-seat all roader.

All engines get stop-start fuel saving ignition and the option of Audi Connect which allows internet access to Google services, internet radio and so on. There are two petrol and two diesel engines for the UK. The turbo diesels are a 2-litre 177ps rated at 47mpg and a 3-litre 245ps V6 automatic with 44mpg. The 225ps petrol 2-litre is quoted at 37mpg.

The supercharged 3.0-litre TFSI engine is also new to the Q5 and replaces the naturally aspirated 3.2-litre. This automatic delivers 272ps, enough for a 5.9-second sprint from rest to 62mph, a top speed of 145mph and combined fuel economy of 33.2mpg. All launch versions have quattro 4x4 traction.

Exterior changes are subtle. The bonnet and tailgate are now aluminium and further weight reduction is achieved using high strength steel. Gloss black detailing is introduced in the cabin.

Ordering has started, with delivery in October. Prices: around £33,400 upwards.

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