There is still a lot to be said for a diesel SUV without a plug à la Audi Q5 40 TDI Quattro Advanced. Does that also apply to consumption and everyday costs?
"With its sophisticated engine and the best chassis, the spacious Audi distinguishes itself as an all-round carefree SUV. It consistently scores well in all subject areas." From Michael Harnischfeger's conclusion at the end of the comparison test of three full-fledged diesel SUVs there is a lot of appreciation for the Q5 40 TDI Quattro Advanced. But can the Ingolstadt also convince in terms of consumption and maintenance costs?
Our test consumption
When you're thirsty for diesel, the answer has to be "no". According to the WLTP standard, the Audi should actually consume 6.2 liters per 100 kilometers; in the test are 7.9 liters for him. That's not only bad for the climate, but also for the wallet, because it results in fuel costs of 10.50 euros for this route. The Eco consumption (6.3 liters) is above the factory specification; after all, the equivalent value of the diesel tanked falls to 8.37 euros. If the Q5 40 TDI Quattro Advanced is consistently moved dynamically, consumption increases to 9.8 liters, which pushes the fuel costs up to 13.02 euros. The latter are calculated using the daily updated fuel price on our partner portal mehr-tanken.de (08/12/2021 /diesel: 1.329 euros/litre).
Monthly maintenance costs
When it comes to maintenance costs, the balance sheet looks a little better. Annual motor vehicle tax is 347 euros, while liability insurance is 409 euros over the same period. If you upgrade with partially comprehensive insurance, you pay an extra 160 euros; a fully comprehensive upgrade costs 649 euros. This results in monthly maintenance costs of 302 euros for drivers who drive their Audi Q5 40 TDI Quattro Advanced 15,000 kilometers a year. With twice as much use, the sum increases to 533 euros per month. The loss of value plays no role in this calculation.
How to test
The auto motor und sport test consumption consists of three differently weighted consumption drives. So-called “commuter consumption” accounts for 70 percent. This is a journey from home to work, which averages 21 kilometers. A particularly economical, approx. 275-kilometre-long eco-lap is included in the rating with 15 percent. The remaining 15 percent is accounted for by the sports driver lap. The length is roughly the same as the eco lap, but the route includes a larger proportion of motorway and thus higher speeds on average. The basis for calculating the fuel costs is always the price quoted on the "more tanken" portal on the day the article was created.
The monthly maintenance costs include maintenance, wear part costs and vehicle taxes assuming an annual mileage of 15,000 and 30,000 kilometers without loss of value. The calculation is based on the test consumption, a three-year holding period, no-claims class SF12 for liability and comprehensive insurance with Allianz, including discounts for garage parkers and the restriction to certain drivers (not under 21). At Allianz, SF12 offers a discount rate of 34 percent for liability and 28 percent for comprehensive insurance.
The Audi Q5 40 TDI Quattro Advanced with 204 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel costs at least 50,800 euros and consumes an average of 7.9 liters, which means fuel costs of 10.50 euros per 100 kilometers. The monthly maintenance costs are 302 euros for an annual mileage of 15,000 kilometers. If this increases to 30,000 kilometers, the sum increases to 533 euros.