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Here’s what I learned during my time with the Audi Q5 e-tron

The Audi Q5 e-tron that made its world debut at Auto Guangzhou 2021 in November 2021 entered its first market, China, in mid-2022. Not too long ago, I acquired to expertise the consolation, options, design and the inside of the regional Audi electrical SUV (Audi Q5 40 e-tron), and here’s what units it aside:

What’s it?

The Audi Q5 e-tron is just not the successor to the Audi e-tron however an extended, extra spacious model of the This fall e-tron that debuted in April 2021. Just like the VW ID.6 that it’s primarily based on, this electrical SUV is reserved for the Chinese language market, and choose markets the place it largely arrives by personal importers.


From each angle, the Audi Q5 e-tron seems to be like a giant brother of the Q4 e-tron. Its form and design are similar to these of the worldwide compact electrical SUV. That is one other indication that the Q5 e-tron is a China-only mannequin, as Audi wouldn’t design two international fashions very carefully.

On the entrance, the designers have used cut up headlamps. The flat higher half includes the DRLs that may double as dynamic flip alerts, and the decrease half vertically stacked major driving lights, each high and low beams. Audi will supply the Matrix LED lights for the excessive beam.

As a substitute of a standard grille, the Q5 e-tron has a closed panel, a structured floor with horizontal inserts. A chrome border surrounds this fake Singleframe, together with a black masks outdoors it. A powerfully contoured, curved blade extending beneath it runs sharply up on the ends. Vertical air inlets lengthen from beneath the headlamps, giving a sporty styling to the front-end.

The Q5 e-tron has a standard SUV profile just like the e-tron and This fall e-tron. The roofline slants down gently, making certain the dynamic look doesn’t considerably have an effect on the headroom. It has a comparatively straighter roofline just like the VW ID.6, which might imply extra headroom and higher suitability for rear-seat-preferring Chinese language clients. Audi hasn’t used flush door handles on the Q5 e-tron. The corporate isn’t a fan of pop-out door handles and has caught to the basic sort even on the flagship EV – the e-tron GT.

On the rear, the Q5 e-tron has a assured and placing design. Along with the acquainted crossover-style hunched tailgate, the brand new mannequin makes a vogue assertion with a large V-shaped license plate space, smooth rear lights with a skinny gentle band connecting them, and an e-tron brand embossed within the skid plate.


The Audi Q5 e-tron apes the This fall e-tron on the within. From the new-generation Audi steering wheel with flattened high and backside sections to the flamboyant dashboard with sharp strains and angular AC vents on the edges of the steering wheel, the hexagonal binnacle for the working show, the huge driver-side-tilted touchscreen, the floating working panel beneath the local weather management working unit, the e-tron badge on the driver-side dashboard, and the triangular door deal with part, it borrows nearly each half from the This fall collection.

The Audi Q5 e-tron is a three-row electrical SUV that is available in 6-seat and 7-seat configurations, and each variations supply a flat flooring. Second-row occupants get their very own AC vents situated between the entrance seats, and there’s a central armrest for his or her consolation.

Key inside options of the Q5 e-tron embody a ten.25-inch digital instrument cluster, Augmented Actuality Head-Up Show, touch-operated steering wheel buttons, 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system, 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D {surround} sound system, and a panoramic sunroof.

Audi presents the Q5 e-tron with the Audi Professional pilot suite of autonomous driving applied sciences. The corporate has outfitted it with the Mobileye EyeQ4 processor, 3 mm-wave radars, 12 ultrasonic sensors, 4 surround-view cameras, and a multifunctional digicam for L2+ assisted driving.

I used to be simply in a position to step out and in of the Q5 e-tron due to its tall aspect buildings, handy flooring top, and huge doorways. As soon as within the driver seat, I had ample headroom. The seats are comfortable, and supply ample headroom, and beneficiant again assist, shoulder assist, and thigh assist. Whereas there is no such thing as a adjustable headrest, the arm relaxation could be moved to

Due to the upper perch and an ethereal greenhouse from the huge home windows and windscreen, I discovered all-round visibility to be wonderful. The steering wheel, which has similarities to the This fall e-tron that I skilled earlier, is a four-spoke unit providing loads of grip. The dashboard and the drive selector console, are additionally impressed by the This fall’s inside, which I assumed was a bit geometric.

The instrument cluster is well-designed, and whereas there was nothing particular in regards to the infotainment display screen, it felt fluid, and simple to function. On the rear, ingress/egress is corresponding to the entrance, due to the just about flat roofline. The seat is manually adjustable, and I felt the headroom was alright. The seat is reclinable and adjustable for attain. The knee room is nice, and the entrance seat backs are caved-in to create somewhat further house. The rear is kind of comfy, as I might count on from a family-friendly Audi, full with a middle armrest, and seat air flow. The third row is strictly for kids!


The Audi Q5 e-tron is the premium cousin of the China-only VW ID.6 and shares the identical VW MEB platform. It measures 4,876 mm (192.0 in.) in size, 1,860 mm (73.2 in.) in width, and 1,675 mm (65.9 in.) in top. It has a 2,965 mm (116.7 in.) wheelbase similar to the VW ID.6.

Leaked particulars earlier than the unveil instructed that the Q5 e-tron will are available three variants, particularly Q5 35 e-tron, Q5 40 e-tron, and Q5 50 e-tron quattro. Nevertheless, solely the Q5 40 e-tron and Q5 50 e-tron quattro can be found since launch.

Parameter Audi Q5 e-tron Specs VW ID.6 Specs Distinction
Size 4,876 mm (192.0 in.) 4,876 mm (192.0 in.)
Width 1,860 mm (73.2 in.) 1,848 mm (72.8 in.) -12 mm (-0.5 in.)
Top 1,675 mm (65.9 in.) 1,680 mm (66.1 in.) -5 mm (-0.2 in.)
Wheelbase 2,965 mm (116.7 in.) 2,965 mm (116.7 in.)
Dimensions of the Audi Q5 e-tron compiled with information from Chinese language portals.

Audi Q5 40 e-tron & 50 e-tron

The Q5 40 e-tron has a single-motor RWD configuration however a extra highly effective 150 kW (201 hp) motor. The torque output stands at 310 Nm (229 lb.-ft.).

The Q5 50 e-tron quattro is a dual-motor AWD configuration with an 80 kW (107 hp) entrance motor and a 150 kW (201 hp) rear motor. United Automotive Digital Programs is the provider of the brand new electrical SUV’s rear motor, whereas Huayu Magna Electrical Drive System makes the entrance motor. The entrance and rear motors collectively ship 225 kW (302 hp) and 472 Nm (348 lb.-ft.) of torque. A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) dash takes 6.7 seconds.

Battery & Efficiency

The Q5 40 e-tron and Q5 50 e-tron share an 83.4 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with a CLTC vary of 560 km (348 miles) within the former and 550 km (342 miles) within the latter.

From what we all know, and what reviewers and house owners would let you know, the Audi Q5 e-tron is setup for consolation and practicality, than outright efficiency or thrill. Weighing 2.4 tons or approx. 5,300 kilos, it’s a heavy SUV, but it surely nonetheless behaves fairly easily, whether or not making a pointy flip or a sudden lane change. The brand new electrical SUV performs simply as effectively off the street and, with eAWD, presents a sooner response than the traditional quattro that makes use of a mechanical differential.

AspectSpecification Audi Q5 40 e-tron Audi Q5 50 e-tron
Format RWD AWD
Motors One Two
System Energy 150 kW (201 hp) 225 kW (302 hp)
System Torque 310 Nm (229 lb.-ft.) 472 Nm (348 lb.-ft.)
Battery Pack Capability 83.4 kWh 83.4 kWh
Power Consumption Score 15.9 kWh/100 km 16.2 kWh/100 km
Vary (CLTC) 560 km (348 miles) 550 km (348 miles)
0-80% DC Quick-Charging Time 40 minutes 40 minutes
Seating Capability 7 6
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration Time 9.3 seconds 6.7 seconds
Audi Q5 e-tron variant-wise specs (Supply: SAIC-Volkswagen/saic-audi.cn)


The Audi Q5 e-tron is a product of the SAIC Volkswagen three way partnership firm. SAIC Volkswagen manufactures it on the world’s first greenfield MEB plant in Anting, China. Notably, the corporate additionally builds the VW ID.3, VW ID.4 X, and VW ID.6 X at this manufacturing unit. The complete manufacturing course of on the facility is CO2-free as SAIC Volkswagen solely makes use of renewable power.

In 2021, SAIC Volkswagen manufactured 99 items of the Q5 e-tron, and in 2022, with manufacturing ramping up, it constructed 2,042 items. The Q5 e-tron represents a tiny fraction of the overall gross sales quantity of all MEB platform automobiles, which has reached a million items, as per an announcement Volkswagen Group made in June 2023.

On July 15, 2022, the Sino-German three way partnership firm introduced that it had constructed its 25 millionth automobile. The milestone automotive was an Audi Q5 e-tron in its range-topping Artwork Creation Collector’s Version trim, which is unique to the 50 e-tron quattro variant.


The Audi Q5 e-tron’s costs vary between CNY 298,500 (USD 41,377) and CNY 336,000 (USD 46,575) within the 40 e-tron variant and CNY 415,500 (USD 57,595) and CNY 432,500 (USD 59,951) within the 50 e-tron variant.

SAIC-Volkswagen says that due to a superb battery administration system, the Q5 e-tron consumes as little as 15.9 kWh/100 km (62 miles). Thus, the price of driving it for 100 km (62 miles) is a measly CNY 15 (USD 2). The acquisition worth consists of two years of insurance coverage, a 3-year/100,000 km automobile guarantee, an 8-year/160,000 km electrical part guarantee, three years of limitless free public charging, and a free Audi wallbox charger with free set up.

Audi: In China, for China

Audi has tailored merchandise to an important extent for Chinese language clients during the last twenty years. It started with the launch of a specifically developed A6 with a protracted wheelbase in 1999. The corporate has since upgraded its China technique to launch China-exclusive fashions along with unique long-wheelbase variations of worldwide fashions. The corporate will proceed with this market-specific strategy, the premise of which, Werner Eichhorn, former President of Audi (China), stated, is the concept of ‘In China for China.’

Audi Q5 e-tron FAQs

What’s the Audi Q5 e-tron worth?

The Q5 e-tron’s costs begin at CNY 298,500 (USD 41,377).

What’s the Audi Q5 e-tron launch date in Europe & U.S.?

The Q5 e-tron is unlikely to launch globally as it’s at present a China-only train.

Which fashions are the Audi Q5 e-tron rivals?

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