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Old 12-29-2013, 06:03 AM   #1
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Default Water Wading Capability?

It's not uncommon to run in to standing water during or after rainfall in my area. It ranges from a few inches to well over one foot at times, and sometimes unavoidable (ie leaving a parking lot with no other way out).

What kind of water wading capability is the Q5 able to tackle?

I'm assuming this will vary depending on whether you're driving a 2.0T/3.0T/TDI.

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Does not matter which model for US:

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The manual says 500mm for the Q5.

Euro SQ5 says 170mm, equal to the ground clearance... Not sure why. So far I can only assume the fancy exhaust actuator doesn't like getting wet...
Not sure what the US spec SQ5 says, be interesting to see if its 200mm (as it's not lowered 30mm compared to euro).
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Awesome picture!

Wouldn't the layout of the motor/air intake/cooling system affect water wading depth? This may be the case with the SQ5.
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Awesome picture!

Wouldn't the layout of the motor/air intake/cooling system affect water wading depth? This may be the case with the SQ5.
No SQ5 3.0TFSI has the same engine and the air intake system / cooling system and as model 3.0TFSI
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I love the pictures. Thank you for a clear explanation.
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Get a snorkel kit! : - )
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Turn around don't drown!!! lol very true seen people loose their life this summer in the Colorado floods.
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Does anyone know why Audi might've set the water wading limit at 19.7 inches?
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Does anyone know why Audi might've set the water wading limit at 19.7 inches?
its a crossover SUV. if you want more clearance its best for you to get a truck or a SUV that is high off the ground.
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Does anyone know why Audi might've set the water wading limit at 19.7 inches?
Strangely question

Every car in the world has limit the depth of water that can pass
Maybe this is a question for the Audi engineers

OR

If you need a car for deep water try something like this

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Get a snorkel kit! : - )
A snorkel kit for the vehicle or the driver?
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I would ignore the 19.7" illustration. At that point the wate may be penetrating the door sill seals and flooding the interior of the cabin, which is sufficient to destroy parts of the interior wiring harness and carpeting and create mildew problems even if the electrics survive.

No doubt the engine would still operate quite well so you could "escape" whatever you had to, but you'd have to weight that against the risk of cabin intrusion. And I'd expect Audi, like most others, has rubber pop-out gaskets in the floor of the body, which sometimes rudely pop IN and allow the cabin to flood if submerged.

The ground clearance, slighty under eight inches, is probably the safe number.

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Does anyone know why Audi might've set the water wading limit at 19.7 inches?
the intake on all models is at the very top of the engine, where the hood meets the headlight so I'm pretty sure thats not the issue. may be other factors.
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