Instruction book AUDI Q5 2008
 Audi Q5   Controls   Audi drive select  Adjusting the Audi Q5 set-up
The possible Audi Q5 set-up in each mode depends on which equipment is installed on your Audi Q5. The engine and the servotronic power steering are basic parts of your Audi Q5 which are always included in the set-up. In addition, you can change the characteristics of the automatic gearbox*, dynamic steering* and suspension control*.
The response of the engine and automatic gearbox* to accelerator pedal movements will be more spontaneous or balanced, depending on which mode you select.
The servotronic power steering Link will also respond to different drive set-ups.
The dynamic steering* alters the steering ratio depending on the road speed to optimise the amount of steering effort required by the driver at any given time. This enables the sensitivity of the steering to be reduced at higher speeds in order to improve the handling of the Audi Q5. The steering is more direct at lower speeds to minimise the amount of steering effort required by the driver, e.g. when manoeuvring in tight spaces. The dynamic steering* also provides a more agile steering response at low and medium speeds. You can adjust the basic characteristics of the steering in the Audi drive select menu.
The suspension control* uses sensors to collect information on steering movements, braking and acceleration input by the driver, road surface quality, road speed and Audi Q5 loading. Using this information, the suspension can be adapted almost instantaneously to changing driving conditions. With Audi drive select, the driver can choose between dynamic and comfort-oriented suspension set-ups (DYNAMIC and COMFORT modes), or opt for a more balanced set-up (AUTO mode).
The following table provides an overview of the characteristics in each driving mode.
Engine or engine/gearbox*
Dynamic steering*
Comfortable (indirect)
Balanced (direct)
Dynamic (direct)
Suspension control*
If your Audi Q5 is equipped with dynamic steering*, the servotronic power steering settings are adjusted in the Dynamic steering* menu.
  • You can select the sport program for gear changes on Audi Q5s with an automatic gearbox* by activating the DYNAMIC mode. There is no S position on the selector lever.
  • You may hear a noise on Audi Q5s with dynamic steering* when you start or stop the engine. This is no cause for concern.

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