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Old 23rd November 2021, 13:08   #16
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2021 Audi Q5 facelift launched in India

Premium Plus - Rs 58.93 lakh
Technology - Rs 63.77 lakh

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Old 23rd November 2021, 13:39   #17
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Costlier than both GLC and X3, will sell only after discounts roll in! No diesel is another deterrent!
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Old 23rd November 2021, 13:49   #18
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Costlier than both GLC and X3, will sell only after discounts roll in! No diesel is another deterrent!
With X3 at 57.9 and 63.5 for the SportX and Luxury Line, and the equipment pretty much at par, price is exactly in Line with X3.

And to add that the LCI would definitely hike up prices, and Audi will give more aggressive discounts likely. It's an even match at the moment but could very easily go in favour of X3. But these are very closely matched cars, it's a personal choice at the end of the day.
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Costlier than both GLC and X3, will sell only after discounts roll in! No diesel is another deterrent!
GLC petrol is down on power, lacks AWD, is a much older product and lacks a lot of features.

When it comes to X3, it is similarly priced and X3 is due for an update, so most probably you'll see a price hike
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Pricing on very expected lines and almost matching X3. BMW dealers in Bengaluru have no idea when the facelift will be launched.

When will discounts start flowing for Q5?
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I find this comment strange. The Q5 and the Jeep would cost 3X of the similar looking Mahindra and Hyundai products that you are referring to. Do you think the customer segment is the same?

If you think so, maybe you think too little of the Indian car buyer out there. They are practical for sure, but not stupid.

The Audi Q5- whether it sells or not, will not be determined by the percieved resemblance that you are bringing up. What may be more detrimental are the safe looks, the not so modern interiors, petrol only engine option, and the price (pre-discounts).
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There are lot of us who love the understated. The Q5 is an elegant, comfortable, reliable family car. It has no pretensions of 'performance'. The interiors are graceful and luxurious without being exciting. It comes into its own during long drives. A family of four can spend hours without being distracted, disturbed and with complete focus on 'family time'. This is achieved by its excellent suspension, NVH and body control made possible by the engineering marvel called Quattro. For the driver it provides an excellent driving position, a light, direct steering with adequate feedback to keep the drive interesting. The dynamic mode coupled with sport gearing provides enough oomph for most situations on the highway. It has more than enough power for family use. My car, in its 6th year running, 50K on the Odo, has returned an average of just under 13 KPL (diesel). The car has needed no repairs other than replacement of battery, tires and windshield wipers. It has been to Ladakh (3300 KMs), Nepal (2800 KMs), Goa (2600 KMs) and multiple trips to Amritsar, Chandigarh, Himachal and Uttarakhand. All ex Noida. The point is that this car is aimed at a particular segment. When looking at the three Marques in the price range and to take an analogy from pet dogs, BMW is akin to Dobermann, Audi is like a German Shepherd and Mercs are like Labradors. Take your pick but please don't compare. Especially if you have not lived with one for a significant amount of time.

The lack of cladding below the bonnet is probably due to it being a petrol motor.

The point about not having a diesel option, to my mind, is just keeping up with the times. The Indian govt is under pressure to phase out diesels. Keeping our commitments at COP26, I expect this pressure will increase with time. Buying a diesel today will lead to a sticky situation, four/five years down, when you need to sell the car. By 2025 we are all going to be looking at EVs.
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Test drove the Q5 and the XC60 recently and thought will post my opinions on here for anyone looking at this segment.

The feature list of XC60 seems to beat the Q5 hands down. The downer is that the Q5 Premium plus variant only gets 6 airbags compared to 8 airbags in the Technology variant. I am definitely against the idea of luxury cars taking this route and skimping on safety between variants. I do not think any other luxury brand does this (will need to verify). The technology variant has the adaptive damping system, while the lower variant misses out on it.

The interior quality and the look was leagues below the XC60. The XC60 seemed a segment above the Q5 in materials (lots of hard plastics everywhere) and looks. Honestly, I preferred the exterior of the XC60 over the Q5 as well. Though, the Q5 in grey in the brochures seemed to look much better than the black one showed to us.

The Q5 did seem a bit easier to maneuver in traffic than the XC60. The XC60 probably has the lightest steering in the segment, though the Q5 was also quite light (I like a heavier steering feel). Ride seemed similar on both cars, however the rear seats in the Q5 are extremely comfortable. I was expecting the XC60 to be better than the Q5, however the Q5 surprised me. I think the outgoing X3 is the least comfortable rear seat in the segment.

The Q5 does feel a generation older than its rivals and I would say that the facelift isn't enough of a game changer. The prices are similar on both the XC60 and Q5 and honestly don't see many picking this over the Volvo or BMW. It seems like the chip shortage is an excuse (as said by two different SAs) for limited inventory and discounts from all the luxury brands starting from now.

All in all, I don't see many people picking the Q5 in this segment, definitely not going to be doing numbers it was at one point few years back unless discounts roll in.

Edit: Have to mention the Audi Ahmedabad and Volvo Ahmedabad sales part was a notch above the BMW. The Audi center is a much better place than the BMW or Volvo as well.

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