Audi SUV the Audi Q5 and Q7 Compared

There are SUVs and then there are Audi SUVs. Truly on an elevated echelon when it comes to discretely arresting beauty and tremendous build quality, the magic particularly shines through in their interiors. The question, then, is whether to take the latest Q7 or the recently launched new-generation Q5.

Beauty in sizes that suit varying lifestyles

The latest iteration of Audi’s largest SUV, the Q7, has proved itself faultlessly since its launch a couple of years ago. Road presence is guaranteed but the image is one of pure elegance. Slightly more compact than its forerunner externally, the Q7 features an incredibly bold example of Audi’s latest grille and its muscular, solid side profile leads to a rear with LED lights as enticing as those at the front. The Q7’s aesthetics have evolved into a more mature and timelessly graceful SUV that can be individualised through an expansive range of alloy wheels.

The new Audi Q5 SUV is the perfect happy medium for many customers, what with its more compact footprint that makes it easier to manoeuvre in everyday surroundings. Its styling has been updated to radiate similar brand DNA to its larger sibling, from the 3D grille, sturdy C-pillars and overall taut stance; while retaining some of its predecessor’s traits such as the downward-curved rear light clusters.

Conclusion: The new Audi Q5 personifies beauty in a more compact package.

Class-leading interiors

Remarkably high-quality materials and a wealth of technological features are hallmarks of contemporary Audis, setting them apart from the alternatives. Both of these SUVs offer truly impressive equipment and absolute luxury; with the more compact Q5’s interior taking a wrap-around, driver-focussed approach, while the Q7 rules when it comes to sheer space and grandeur.

Audi technologies never fail to mesmerise, from MMI Navigation Plus, MMI Touch and the amazing full-width Virtual Cockpit display, to Audi Connect, Apple and Android smartphone integration and the Bang & Olufsen audio system that delights the senses. The Personal Route Assist system, if specified, is even able to learn the driver’s typical journeys and routines. With opulence a given, choosing between the 5-seat Q5 and 7-seat Q7 depends on a customer’s needs and lifestyle. The gargantuan 770-litre boot in the latter makes almost anything feasible, while the Q5’s 550-litre boot is ample for many. Whichever is chosen, each is extremely safe thanks to the latest protection technology and features, keeping people and cargos cocooned.

Conclusion: Audi’s Q7 is the ultimate 7-seat SUV for those who need the space.

Strong engines for all driving styles

A brace of precisely engineered 2.0-litre engines currently form the new Q5’s powerplant lineup. One is petrol in the form of the 2.0 TFSI quattro that produces a prodigious 252bhp yet still returns an impressive 40.9mpg combined. The other is the firm’s iconic 2.0 TDI quattro diesel unit that peaks at a punchy 190bhp. Its CO2 emissions are as low as 132g/km and it can achieve upto 56.5mpg overall.

The standard Q7 relies on diesel power to do an excellent job at moving its more sizeable dimensions with grace and pace. Its 3.0 TDI engine also benefits from the reassurance of Audi’s revered all-weather quattro system. Two variants are available, 218bhp or 272bhp, with each capable of averaging over 47mpg while keeping emissions below 160g/km.

For customers seeking the ultimate in large SUV performance, Audi also offers the SQ7 with a 4.0 TDI quattro setup that sees V8 power resulting in a monstrous 435bhp while still managing a combined 39mpg. At the other end of the spectrum, drivers with the environment firmly in mind will be impressed with the Q7 e-tron model’s 48g/km CO2 and 156.9mpg credentials.

Conclusion: The majestic all-rounder is definitely the 272PS version of the Q7 3.0 TDI quattro.

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With the new Q5 and Q7, Audi has once again upped the ante in exterior beauty, interior opulence and strong performance, creating two ultra-stylish and incredibly practical SUVs to suit different customers’ requirements and lifestyles.