2019 Audi Q5 Vorsprung review - page 2
We test the new Audi Q5 Vorsprung, the ultimate version of one of our favourite family SUVs,. Is it worth the extra outlay?...
The Vorsprung gets you the Q5's Technology Pack as standard. This includes the MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system, with its larger, 8.3in screen, Google Maps and wi-fi hotspot, as well as wireless smartphone charging and a 4G internet connection.
With its rotary controller and simple shortcut buttons, MMI is so much easier and safer to use while driving than touchscreen systems, such as those in the Volvo XC60 and Jaguar F-Pace. In this class, only the BMW X3’s iDrive system is similarly intuitive.
The Technology Pack also includes Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit. This replaces the standard instruments with a 12.3in digital display that you can configure in multiple ways to put lots of information, including sat-nav maps and smartphone interface, behind the steering wheel.
Safety-conscious families will also be pleased to learn that the Vorsprung gets every optional piece of safety kit thrown in. So you have automatic emergency braking, blindspot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, parking assistance and a 360deg parking camera; the list goes on and on.
To drive, the Vorsprung is no different to lesser Q5s. Our 40 TDI quattro test car isn't exactly quick, but it has enough oomph on hand to breeze up to motorway speeds with little drama, even if its standard seven-speed automatic gearbox is a bit slow-witted when pulling away from junctions.
But what about the ride, we hear you ask? Has it been ruined by those colossal wheels? Well, put simply, no, it hasn’t. Granted, sharp-edged potholes and expansion joints do send more jolts through the interior than you get in a regular Q5, but the suspension never crashes or bangs and the car remains more pliant than an equivalent X3 M Sport. However, it's a surprise that the air suspension fitted to our test car is still an option on the Vorsprung, even if it is £900 cheaper than on lesser trims, at £1200.
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