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Facelifted Audi Q5 to add second PHEV option

Audi has revealed its facelifted Q5 SUV, with changes including a hefty revision to the front end, upgraded cabin, more powerful and efficient 2.0 TDI engine and a second PHEV powertrain.

The first wave of revised Audi Q5s will be in the UK this September, according to Audi, and initially available only with the 204hp 2.0 TDI diesel engine, up from the 190hp of the outgoing model.

The firm claimed that the new engine is more efficient as well as more powerful, with CO2 figures going from 165-179g/km form the diesel, due mainly to the addition of mild hybrid technology that allows the Q5 to cruise at up to 99mph with the engine off, as well as initiating the start-stop system from below 14mph.

The revised plug-in hybrid follows early next year, although details of the second powertrain are yet to be released.

Audi Q5 facelift 2020Audi described the styling changes to the front of the Q5 as “sharper”, with the changes intended to move the Q5’s looks more in line with the other ‘Q’ models and away from the core ‘A’-branded passenger cars. On the inside, the touchscreen is now 10.1 inches, rather than the outgoing 7.0 or 8.3, depending on model.

The rotary dial that previous controlled the infotainment has also been removed, replaced by a storage compartment.

Audi has also introduced a range-topping Edition 1 model to join the otherwise carry-over trim line-up.

“It offers durability and ample capacity for a demanding family without being overbearing on UK roads, and its refinement, efficiency, technology and quality finish give it impressive business transport credentials, particularly in TDI and TFSI e plug-in hybrid forms,” said director of Audi UK Andrew Doyle. “The many improvements our customers will find in this latest incarnation will help it fulfil both these roles even more capably.”