My 2017 Audi Q5 Quattro S line 2.0 TFSI 252 bhp S tronic 4 x4

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    I am sorry I have been remiss in not giving an update on my change from my 63 plate X3 xDrive 30d M Sport (Pre LCI F25) to an Audi Q5 Quattro S line 2.0 TFSI 252 bhp S tronic 4 x 4. Please pull up a chair, get comfortable and read on.

    For some time I had been toing and froing on whether to keep the F25 for several more years or move to another car, preferably another 4 X 4. Not a large one like a Range Rover or one of the smaller Cross Overs. There were multiple reasons for the indecision, but, I was starting to find the front sports seats in the X3 really hard and uncomfortable. Several times after driving for only around 45 minutes, sometimes less, I would have to get out and walk around to ease the pressure on the back of the thigh muscles. No amount of adjustment to the seats allowed me to get completely comfortable.

    So I started the search. I had already sat in the later X1 2.0i when it came out, and dismissed it because if I was going to move to another new or nearly new 4 x 4, it needed to be petrol with a similar power output (250 bhp) to my current X3 30d. Also under consideration was my low annual mileage of around 7k miles. The only other vehicles I had owned recently that had enough get up and go (for safe overtaking on single lane roads) was my previous remapped e91 325d M Sport and the current F25 30d, both with an approximately 0 to 60 mph time of 6 seconds. Along with this, the poor press on diesels in my opinion was appearing to depress diesel sales, so I thought I might get a good price for my X3 (Euro 5) whilst the going was good. Remember this was in June/July of this year, before the latest car sales were released.

    Anyway, I spent hours reading reports on just about every 4 x 4 that was released to the market with a well-tuned petrol unit of around 250 bhp. Early on whilst reading, none seemed to satisfy my aspirations unless I went for a new X3 xDrive 40i (another hard seat BMW!) or the big stuff at silly money that I was not willing to pay out. It would sit outside the house depreciating faster than the proverbial. The kids, the grandchildren and now 2 great grandchildren will have the benefit of the money unless we need it for our care home fees.

    Eventually after a lot more searching/reading, I found on paper that the new Mk II FY series Audi Q5 Quattro S Line 2.0 litre TFSI 252 bhp S Tronic might fit the bill, so I told my wife I was going to have a look at the local dealership. When I got there, I found the 2.0 litre TFSI was as rare as hen’s teeth and they only had one in the area. The salesman got the trade plates out and off we went. That was it for me! It was as quick if not more so than my current X3 30d and it was really smooth and quiet with very linear acceleration up into the unmentionable figures. It was unbelievably quiet whilst cruising at high speed, with me being able to hear just the tyre noise.

    So to cut a long story short (I am rambling too much anyway), I asked the salesman to ring my wife as I drove around the local area and we quickly travelled the 15 miles to pick her up from home. We toured round the local area getting a good feel of it and she agreed it was extremely quiet and more importantly it was very comfortable. After nearly 2 hours we got back to the dealership and they said if we agreed to purchase the ex-management 9 month old car with 5,500 miles on the clock in 4 days’ time (end of July) they would give me a good price on my X3.

    We agreed the deal and exchanged on 30th July. There is an addendum to this that will make for good reading, but more of that later after posting a few photographs.
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    Congratulations - my father has the same car but in SE trim and has been getting 40 mpg on a long run. He loves it. He also came from 3 litre diesel albeit an A5 coupe.

    He has had it just over a year now and so far no issues at all.
     
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    Congratulations, it lokos lovely. I like the colour, really pops in the sunlight.

    I was in a friend's Q7 earlier today and I can see why the Audi Q range is so popular, very comfortable and a high end feel.

    I like that yours has the S Line seating (is that alcantara?).

    Enjoy!

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    Very nice indeed, love that colour.
     
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    Very Nice. As SUV's go, it looks well styled, helped by that metallic blue which really suits it.
    If I was looking for an SUV (which I'm not) that would foot the bill. (y)
     
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    Nice colour and i prefer Audi's design compared to BMW SUV's. 252bhp is a healthy output for a 2 ltr 4 cyl petrol. Should prove economical too.
     
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    Congratulations from me also, that's a nice looking car. I tried to get my wife interested in a Q5 a while ago but she thought it was too big for her to drive, ( as was the X3, GLC and Macan... :banghead:) which was disappointing to say the least! I think I'll have to try again...

    Looking forward to reading your continued report.
     
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    Colour really suits it. Looks so much better than an X3 IMHO.
    (y)
     
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    Can she get the bus ?
     
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    She does, occasionally. But she can hang on to her E92....saves me the expense of changing her car. Although it's nice to change cars now and again!
     
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    Thanks for the compliments guys!
    The problem.
    When we returned from the drive around the local area (18:00) and had agreed everything and I had paid a holding deposit, the senior sales guy found they just could not allocate it to me by name on the computer.

    They spent 30 minutes trying to figure out why, and after frantic phone calls, they found out that another of the sales team (who had taken it out earlier) had already provisionally sold it, and had left it in the back of the garage awaiting finance authority. Once they understood what had happened, they immediately went into their group stock and found a more or less identical one of a slightly higher specification (another ex management vehicle) that was 200 miles away in Plymouth with only only 3,900 miles on it and was 1 month younger. After receiving assurances about its condition and being given the free Audi paint protection and 3 years free alloy wheel insurance I agreed to take it.

    So the day arrives (30th July) and during the handover, they had to do more paint correction because of swirls. I could not see them at the time because it was parked in the shade being a very hot day.

    Two days later we went down to Maidstone to a funeral and it was whilst we were down there in the bright sunlight we noticed there were a lot more swirls. On return I went to an acquaintance (who did some work on my previous X3) who runs Pinnacle Detailing and got a quote for a complete detail and protection of the car using GTECHNIQ products, despite the car already having the Audi protection.

    Anyway the next day after receiving the quote, I had to go to the dealership to start the registration change and a few other outstanding issues and I asked to see the sales manager. I advised him of the large amount of swirl marks and he said because I had gone to him first and not slagged them off on the net, he agreed to give me a goodwill payment for the cash price of the detailing and the GTECHNIQ Coating. This complete work was done to a very high standard and took 3 days including overnight curing of the final coat. Here are pictures:
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    That does look stunning
     
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    Wow - I bet you daren't drive it out of your garage :LOL:
     
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    That is the exact colour I would choose. I have to say, it looks much better than the X3.
     
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    That's a gorgeous colour! How long will the protection last, is it a ceramic coating?
     
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    Spotless, looks great.

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    Winner !

    Which coating did they put on ?
     
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    I had the Silver Detail to remove all the Audi coating, swirls and bird lime etchings, followed by the:

    GTECHNIQ SMART SURFACE SCIENCE !
    CRYSTAL SERUM LIGHT
    EXO ULTRA DURABLE HYDROPHOBIC COATING
    C5 WHEEL ARMOUR - remove wheels to coat all exposed surface.
    G1 CLEARVISION SMART GLASS.

    Supposed to be 5 years.
     
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    Got same on mine. (y)
    Thought it was 7 years on CSL (edit thought on about guarantee), as long as you take for a free inspection each year by the same detailer. Unfortunately mines in St Albans I am in Leeds.
    If you join detailing worked, you can get a discount on gtechniq products, such as wash, gloves, T1/T2, C5 if you have a wheel redone etc. (maybe you know)
    I mainly use their products now. Great stuff.
    C5 is great, with help of my wheel woolly my wheels look new inside and out.
     
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    I agree about their general products. I have their wash glove and their wheel cleaner. I purchased 5 litres last year and decant it into the spray bottle. Previously I had used their Wheel Armour on both sets on by X3. It does last a lot longer than they say though.
     

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