Facelifted Audi Q5 on sale in July

2020 Audi Q5 gets mild-hybrid tech, updated styling and interior improvements

  • Larger infotainment screen
  • New LED headlights
  • Prices start at £42,950

The Audi Q5 has been updated for 2020, with revisions inside and out. It’s Audi’s rival to the BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Volvo XC60 and Mercedes GLC, and the facelifted car will start from just under £43,000. You’ll be able to order it next month, with the first customers set to take delivery in September.

2020 Audi Q5 prices and specifications

Four trim levels will initially be available, although one is an ‘edition one’ launch version that adds extra kit to the S line spec. The cheapest Sport model features 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, keyless start and heated front seats. Moving up to S line costs just under £3,000, and the price increase is reflected by a sportier body kit, bigger alloys, firmer suspension and matrix LED headlights (which give you full-beam brightness without dazzling other motorists).

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Launch edition models offer 20-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, black exterior trim and carbon-fibre side skirts. Top-spec Vorsprung spec promises to be much more expensive than the Sport and S line models, adding adaptive air suspension, a 360-degree parking camera, automated parking assistance and scrolling indicators.

Styling

The facelifted Audi Q5 SUV gets a sharper, more distinct look, thanks to a few small changes. There are reshaped headlights with broad LED daytime running lights - as you’ll find on the latest Audi A4 - plus larger air intakes and a grille that’s been designed to look wider than before. S line cars get the intricate honeycomb grille pictured here and a chrome strip on the redesigned rear diffuser. The tail-lights are new, too, and Audi has added two additional paint colour choices.

Interior and technology

A bigger touchscreen is the main change inside, which swells from 8.3 to 10.1 inches. It benefits from Audi’s latest ‘MIB 3’ infotainment system, which is said to have 10 times more processing power than the system it replaces. The Virtual Cockpit digital dashboard seems to be reserved for the options list again, even though a version of it comes as standard on the Audi A1. Other options include online features such as Car2X communication with other cars and local infrastructure, and a head-up display.

Engines and performance

The 40 TDI 2.0-litre diesel engine now produces 201bhp - up from 187bhp in pre-facelift models - and gets from 0-62mph in 7.6 seconds, which is half a second quicker than before. An automatic gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive are standard, while the engine now gets mild-hybrid electrical assistance and extra AdBlue to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. We’ll have to wait until Audi publishes WLTP economy figures but they should be slightly higher than the 39.8mpg you can currently expect.

The 45 TFSI petrol model also gets the mild-hybrid tech. The 2.0-litre engine now boasts 261bhp, up from 242bhp, but 0-62mph acceleration is the same at 6.4 seconds. A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version called the Q5 TFSI e is available with two power outputs, and should manage a decent amount of range on electric power. At the top of the range sits the Audi SQ5, with its 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. It also now has mild-hybrid tech, so we’d expect a boost in power over the current car’s 342bhp.

Read our Audi Q5 review for more information.

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