2022 Audi Q5 Gains New Entry-Level Variant With 201 HP, Costs More Than Its 261 HP Predecessor

2022 Audi Q5 Gains New Entry-Level Variant With 201 HP, Costs More Than Its 261 HP Predecessor

Audi has quietly expanded the Q5 lineup in America thanks to the introduction of an entry-level Q5 40 TFSI quattro.

However, entry-level is a relative term as the 2022 Q5 40 TFSI quattro starts at $43,300 and that’s the same price as the 2021 Q5 45 TFSI quattro. That’s before factoring in the destination charge, which has climbed from $1,095 to $1,195 for 2022.  As a result, the Q5 40 TFSI quattro is $100 more expensive than its more powerful predecessor.

So what does $43,300 get you this year? A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine developing 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque. It’s connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the crossover to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 6.8 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).

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That’s quite a downgrade as the 2021 Q5 45 TFSI quattro featured a more powerful 2.0-liter engine developing 261 hp (195 kW / 265 PS) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. This cut the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time to 5.7 seconds, while the top speed was the same at 130 mph (209 km/h).

The Q5 45 TFSI quattro continues to be available for 2022, but it now starts at $45,800 which is an increase of $2,500. However, that’s nothing compared to the Q5 55 TFSI e plug-in hybrid which has seen its base price climb from $51,900 to $55,400 for a $3,500 increase.

Getting back to the Q5 40 TFSI quattro, it comes nicely equipped with LED lighting units, a power liftgate, and 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-season rubber. Buyers will also find an upscale interior with heated leather front seats, brown walnut wood trim, and a tri-zone automatic climate control system. Other highlights include a 10.1-inch infotainment system, a 7-inch display in the instrument cluster, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. They’re joined by cruise control, Homelink, and remote keyless entry with a push-button ignition.

The entry-level Q5 comes equipped with an assortment of driver assistance systems including high beam assist, side assist, active lane assist, and parking system plus. There’s also a rear view camera as well as Pre Sense City, Pre Sense Basic, and Pre Sense Rear.

H/T to Car & Driver

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