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Car Test Audi Q5 and Q7

In this issue we also review the amazing Audi’s new plug-in hybrid- drive Q5 55 TFSI e quattro, which offer an electric driving range of up to 26 miles. Here at CPM we keep in touch with how the market in our sector is addressing environmental concerns, and in the automotive industry, Audi are taking a lead on this. The quattro all-wheel-drive SUV combines a 252PS, 2.0-litre TFSI, four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with a 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery. What really impressed us was the acceleration - the battery powers a 105kW electric motor which collaborates with the turbocharged petrol engine to enable the Q5 to sprint to 62mph in just 5.3 seconds. If you’re lucky enough to be travelling on an unrestricted section of the Autobahn in Germany, you can enjoy a top speed of 148mph.

Now that governments are looking to legislate against solely fossil- fuelled cars, it looks like we are all going to have to embrace this

technology sooner than we might have anticipated. So, if you’re in the process of making that transition, you need to take a serious look at the Audi Q5. We really enjoyed the flexibility and driver choice available in this excellent car, being able to select between Hybrid, Battery Hold and the EV mode, in which it runs solely on electric power, reaching a top speed of 84mph. The passenger cabin is superb, the MMI Navigation system has a lovely 7” screen and high-quality map display and you can set your destination using simple voice commands.

The Sports seats are profoundly comfortable, have leather upholstery, and can be heated and adjusted to mould to your own preference, and the Dynamic suspension gives you a really responsive drive without the rigidity of a sports suspension. And it’s an Audi, so it looks fabulous, we especially liked the 18” ‘5-arm star’ design alloy wheels which round off an aesthetically very pleasing car.

We were also fortunate enough to test the awesome Q7, Audi’s very impressive 5-door SUV with 7 seats which comes with a huge range of equipment as standard, such as Matrix LED headlights, adaptive air suspension and Parking System with a great rear-view camera Our largest SUV is ready for off-roading. The 360 camera means you can keep an eye on your car from all angles, whilst Drive Select lets you tailor each journey to feel closer to or more comfortable on the road. And the Matrix LED headlights mentioned above really do feel like a leap forward, priding precise illumination of the road whilst reducing the risk of dazzling other road users. This SUV has long flowing lines and a commanding road presence. As you climb into the cockpit you’re presented with a range of excellent technical fliursihes, there’s MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch which has a 10.1” full HD touch screen colour display, Audi Virtual Cockpit and Audi Phone Box with wireless, heated Standard Front seats in twin leather upholstery,


which are extremely heard-wearing and durable. But it was behind the wheel that we thought this vehicle was most impressive.

Even in challenging off-road conditions the lumbar support enhances ride comfort and provides for fatigue-free driving. The seat heating makes it pleasantly warm and, as with the Q5, we loved the 19" 5-V-spoke alloy wheels. Some SUV’s can feel a little weighty and don’t always live up to their comfort claims, but the Q7’s electronically controlled air suspension with an adaptive damping system for all four wheels, which regulates ride height and damping automatically, makes this formidable vehicle a pleasure to drive in all conditions.

The Audi Q5 is available from £41,420 whilst the Q7 starts at £56,310. For full details and to book a test drive visit or call 0845 769 9777.


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