Audi Q5 tyres
As with other vehicles of a similar size, the Q5 is available with a range of different wheel sizes. The standard size is 17 inches, but these cars are sold with wheels of anything up to 20 inches in diameter. There’s no huge intrinsic benefit to these beyond their looks. These larger wheels will demand low-profile tyres, and since the Q5 is a tall and heavy car, its fantastic roadholding and comfort can be affected if these larger wheels are fitted. Whatever its wheel size, the Q5 places specific demands on its tyres, demands which are greater if larger wheels and low-profile tyres are fitted.
None of that will affect the Q5’s popularity. Being an Audi, it’s a supremely well-engineered car with great handling and an ability to do the job with an absolute minimum of fuss. It shares its chassis with Audi’s A4, and like most models of the A4 it offers excellent grip, balance and roadholding with an emphasis on quality rather than sportiness. Being heavier and taller than an A4, its suspension is engineered accordingly. However, it’s this increased weight which makes the Q5 very tough on its tyres.
As such, etyres’ advice to buy the best tyres you can afford rings particularly true for Q5 owners. A hard, durable tyre will suit this car better than the softer tyres engineered for optimum sports performance. These tyres will usually be those from the better-known manufacturers and in this business you usually do get what you pay for!
Audi works with various tyre makes to produce Audi-specific versions of many premium tyres. Among these, Goodyear Excellence tyres are designed for grip, handling and comfort. The Audi-approved ‘AO’ versions of these are known to suit the Q5 well. etyres’ best-selling replacement tyres for this car come from Bridgestone, though. Many drivers choose these since they are factory-fitted by Audi to many Q5 models. Similar comments apply to Michelin’s Latitude tyre range, while Pirelli P Zero tyres remain very popular across the entire Audi range.
The Q5 is more about safety and style than off-road ability. The fact that etyres sells very few specialist off-road tyres for fitting to these cars reinforces the hunch that they are not used much in off-road environments. A greater concern will be the noise emission levels of different replacement tyre options, since wind and tyre noise can affect the Q5 at higher speeds. As such, it’s worth comparing the noise emission rating on each tyre’s label, just to ensure that this issue is as controlled as it can be.
All Q5 models feature full-time four-wheel-drive. However, many owners will choose to fit winter tyres for maximum traction and safety in cold or snowy conditions. If your Q5 features the larger 19-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels, it will often be worth considering buying a spare set of standard-sized wheels for winter tyres. A standard profile snow tyre will always outperform a low-profile one, particularly so when the wheels and tyres are as wide as they are on a Q5.