Audi has finally broken its silence here in Malaysia by introducing three new SUVs – the Q2, Q5 and flagship Q8. While the Q2 and Q5 may be late to the party, Malaysia is one of the earliest markets to get the brand new Q8.

Just one variant of the Q8 will be sold here, and it’s powered the 3.0 litre turbocharged V6 engine that deploys 340 hp and 500 Nm of torque. An eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission sends drive to all four wheels via Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive (rear bias) system, allowing for a century sprint time of 5.9 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.

The engine is Audi’s latest and greatest, featuring the new 48-volt mild hybrid system and a lithium-ion battery and belt alternator starter. During braking, it can recover up to 12 kW of power and charges the battery, and the car can even coast (for 40 seconds max) from 55 km/h to 160 km/h with the engine turned off. The claimed combined fuel consumption is rated at 8.9 litres per 100 km.

Next, the Audi Q5 is available in the single sport 2.0 TFSI variant. Like the rest, the Q5 is fully-imported and goes against the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Volvo XC60. It gets a 2.0 litre TFSI petrol engine making 252 hp and 370 Nm of torque that’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch S tonic transmission. Audi’s quattro AWD system is standard, but here it gets ultra technology, which decouples the rear axle when it’s not needed, thus saving fuel.

For RM339,900 (on-the-road without insurance), you get 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, LED headlamps with LED DRLs, LED tail lights with dynamic turn signal, auto-dimming side mirrors and a rear-view camera. Additional features include a three-zone climate control system, three-spoke leather steering wheel, MMI navigation plus, Audi connect, Audi smartphone interface, Audi Sound System (10 speakers, six channel amplifier, 180 watts) and Audi virtual cockpit.

On the safety side of things, it gets six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hold assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, Isofix child seat anchors (with top tethers) for the outer rear seats, and child seat anchors in front as standard. Unfortunately, there’s no Audi pre sense to be had, at least for now.

Finally, the Audi Q2 sport. At RM219,900, the Q2 is Audi’s most affordable model in Malaysia, and only one variant is available. It gets a 1.4 litre TFSI petrol engine making 150 PS and 250 Nm of torque, and this engine features cylinder on demand technology, which shuts down two cylinders while coasting (between 1,400 and 3,200 rpm).

It’s fuel efficient as well, with a claimed combined rating of 5.3 litres per 100 km. At full pelt, the quirky SUV sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds, and the top speed for this 1,280-kg SUV is 212 km/h. There’s no quattro here – the Q2 is strictly front-wheel drive only.

For features, it’s fairly well kitted, with items such as Audi virtual cockpit, Audi drive select, electro-mechanical parking brake, keyless entry with push-to-start, cruise control, MMI navigation plus, as well as a 180-watt, 10-speaker Audi Sound System with six-channel amplifier.

In terms of warranty, all Audi models now come with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, up from the previous four-year or 120,000 km coverage. So, which one of the three piques your interest? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


GALLERY: Audi Q5 sport 2.0 TFSI

GALLERY: Audi Q2 sport 1.4 TFSI