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The Mercury Cars Guide : March 21st 2009
4— CARSguide Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, March 21, 2009 Q5, and neighbours, go green LITTLE BRO: The Audi Q5 Quattro is an impressive new toy. NEW HORSE: The race with BMW is on. Audi’snewQ5has the makings ofamust-have vehicleandis sure create jealousy amongthosewhodon’townone. KevinHepworthtakesalook I MUST HAVE: The new Audi Quattro Q5is bound to press hot bottons among buyers. SN’T it always the same? The kid down the street gets a new toy and the one closer tohome wants one as well. Audi’s new toy is called the Q5 and it’s pretty impressive. The little brother of the rather more imposing—and environmen- tally insensitive Q7 — is aimed squarely at BMW’s X3, Volvo‘s XC60 and, to some degree, even at its little cousin, the VW Tiguan. What is certain is that it is going to hit plenty of hot buttons, from size to styling to performance. Ifyou can afford it, are married, aged around 45 and very Internet savvy Audi is looking for you. ‘‘The Q5 is an expansion of the product range to an area where we haven’t been before,’’ Audi Austra- lia’s general manager for market- ing, Immo Buschman, says. ‘‘It is progressive and sporty with a lot of technology which has flowed down from the A6 and A8 sedans. ‘‘It is a summary of a lot of different aspects — safety, design, performance, technology.’’ The Q5 arrives with an engine range of four — two petrol, two diesel, two four-cylinders, two V6s with a price spread from $59,900 to $71,900. Immediately available are the four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI at $59,900 (the similarly-priced 2.0 TDI will arrive in about a month) and the sweet 3.0 TDI at $71,900. The petrol 3.2-litre V6 FSI will be in showrooms around the same time as the 2.0-litre diesel and will start at $69,900. Audi is expecting to sell about 1500 Q5s in a full year with 70 per cent of the sales split between the two four-cylinder models while the 3.0-litre diesel is predicted to ac- count for 25 per cent of traffic and the V6 petrol a mere five per cent. The pricing is purely indicative because if you want to add the extra bling to your new toy it is going to cost you. Even metallic paint is an eye-watering $1900. The cars as tested on the launch drive were bristling with options. Our 3.0 TDI model was pumped with features like the $6200 Multi Media Interface with Audi Music Interface (that’s a 40 gigabyte hard drive which will hold 10,000 songs as long as they aren’t i-tunes or from a commercial CD because those files are protectedand can’t be downloaded), Xenon headlights at $2283, the adaptive suspension and steering package at $5215 — that lifts the basic $71,900 car well into the $80,000 range and that’s just for starters. Throw in some bigger wheels, adaptive cruise control, lane and side assist, reversing camera and a folding front seat and six-figures here we come. You can perform a similar infla- tion exercise with the four-cylinder models. The real shame is that while all the bells and whistles are nice there was no way of telling from the launch drive just how good a basic drive-away model may be. The suspicion is that with A4 underpinnings, quattro all-wheel drive and a cabin trim comparable to anything we have come to expect from Audi there wouldn’t be a lot to dislike. BMW had best look to their laurels, this is no longer a one-horse race. Not only has theXC60comeout to play, the Q5 will lay seige to the high ground BMW’s X3 has previ- ously enjoyed almost unchallenged. Slip into the Q5’s cabin—aneasy task given the car’s high ride and ample room—and it is immediate- ly obvious that there is nothing nasty and SUV-ish lurking nearby. It is all very, very Audi. All the necessaries are there, they are all nicely trimmed and well positioned and everything feels nice and rich. What the Q5 does do is make the most of the space there is. The rear- seats slide back and forward over a 100mm range for extra legroom or extra luggage space, the seats fold in a 40:20:40 split to meet almost any luggage-lugging requirements and even the front seat—foranoptional $350 — will fold flat to allow an extra-long load. On the move the 3.0-litre diesel is the stand-out winner. The strong, silent type — great mid-range urge and as quiet as some less-refined petrol types. Ride on the adaptive suspension ranges from firm to really, really firm—sort of uncomfortable unless you are setting out to toss the car through some really twisty roads. Do that and the dynamic setting on the suspension makes a lot of sense. It not only focuses the atten- tion of the dampers but sparks the seven-speed double-clutch auto into life as well. Body roll is minimal, the Q5 turns in happily with minimum disruption and a whole bag of grip — it will even allow for little mid- corner corrections without getting all fussy and unsettled. Steering feel is initially quite heavy, to an artificial degree, and while not particularly communica- tive there is enough feedback to instill confidence that where you point you will go. • 4 airbags (front and side) • climate control air cond • antilock brakes • remote keyless entry & alarm • immobiliser • cruise control 4 airbags (front and side) climate control air cond antilock brakes remote keyless entry & alarm • independant rear suspension • electronic brake distrubtion • electric drivers seat • electric mirrors and windows • CD and MP3 compatible • multi function steering wheel • power steering • map reading lamps • illuminated vanity mirror • auto diming rear view mirror • multi function display screen 380SX only • 17” Alloys and low profile tyres • Traction control • Fog lights • Sports seats and interior • CD – 6 disc in dash/cabin • Chrome exhaust tip TRADE INS WEL * Balance of 5 year Factory warranty • Leather steering wheel & gear knob TRADE INS WELCOME CNR HARRINGTON & BATHRUST STS PHONE: 6237 1199 VEHICLES FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES ONLY Prices don’t include the 3% G’ment Stamp Duty and $23 transfer fee. 2006 SERIES 2 MITSUBISHI 380 AND 380SX SEDANS SALE PRICE $14,990 380SX $16,990 2006 SERIES 2 MITSUBISHI 380 AND 380SX SEDANS BETTER BUILT BETTER BACKED GIT’STIMET0ET REAL 2020790-10 WEEKEND OPEN ALL
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