Audi Q5 Adds Cheaper, Less Powerful Trim for 2022

Published on February 25, 2022 in News by Guillaume Rivard

The always popular Audi Q5 expands its lineup for 2022 with the addition of a cheaper, less powerful model called 40 TFSI quattro.

The engine is the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder that you’ll find in the 45 TFSI quattro models, except that output is down from 261 to 201 horsepower, while torque drops from 273 to 236 pound-feet. You’ll lose 1.2 seconds when sprinting from 0-100 km/h and reduce your average fuel consumption by a mere 0.1 L/100 km.

Keep in mind that the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive system are still part of the package.

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Standard content on this new entry-level Q5 includes 18-inch wheels (19-inch wheels are optional), a power liftgate, two-tone leather interior, tri-zone automatic climate control, 7-inch digital instrument cluster, 10.1-inch multimedia display as well as a long list of active safety and driver assistance features.

Audi’s suggested retail price is $45,250 plus freight and PDI charges of $2,700. A good deal? Not so much. Why? Because the Q5 45 TFSI quattro—the one with 60 extra horsepower, remember—cost $46,550 last year. Given the current situation in the economy, the company raised its MSRP to $48,000 for 2022.

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In fact, the entire 2022 Audi Q5 lineup has been slapped with hikes ranging from approximately $1,500-$3,000 even though no significant change was made to the vehicle. This also includes the coupe-style Q5 Sportback variant, which doesn’t offer the new 201-horsepower engine option, mind you.

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