The Audi Q5 is clearly one of the most popular offerings from the Ingolstadt-based carmaker in India and is currently assembled its sister brand Skoda India’s Aurangabad manufacturing facility. The second-generation Audi Q5 was launched in India early this year in January 2018, and the SUV is available in both petrol and diesel formats. The current-gen model is based on the MLB Evo platform and mimics the design of the larger Q7, featuring some distinguishing characteristics like – the single-frame grille, LED headlamps, LED taillamps, and larger 5-spoke alloy wheels. The SUV gets a well-equipped cabin with Audi’s virtual cockpit, wireless charging, smart interior, and more. The new Audi Q5 is powered by a 187 bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine paired with a 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission, and a 248 bhp 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series has been one of the top choices in the premium executive sedan space, in India. The new-generation model of the car was launched in India in June last year and the car is produced or assembled at the company’s manufacturing facility in Chennai. The current-gen BMW 5 Series is based on the new Cluster Architecture a.k.a. CLAR platform, which also underpins the current-gen BMW 7 Series. The latest-gen model has grown considerably in size, while the wheelbase too is much liberal at 2970 mm. The automaker has freed up more legroom at the rear and the car certainly feels a lot more spacious inside and out. More importantly, the new 5 Series is sportier to drive than its older model and that will certainly attract a lot of young buyers to the car. The comes in three engine options – a 187 bhp 2.0-litre diesel, a 261 bhp 3-litre diesel and the top-of-the-line 249 bhp 2-litre petrol.
The Jaguar XE is the most affordable sedan from the Tata Motors-owned British luxury carmaker and it’s assembled at the company manufacturing facility in Pune, Maharashtra. The XE was launched in India at the 2016 Auto Expo and over the last two years, the carmaker has updated both the petrol and a diesel engine of the car with its new, more efficient Ingenium engines. The styling has been highly appreciated for the bold front fascia inspired by the larger XF and XJ saloons, while the rear gets the extremely beautiful F-Type inspired tail lights. The petrol version of the car is powered by a 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol motor offered in both 197 bhp and 247 bhp, while the diesel model gets a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel which also comes in two states of tune – 160 bhp and 177 bhp.