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2014 Audi Q5 TDI S-Line - Modding a Family SUV

RPI Equipped built this unique SUV with Caractere styling and AccuAir suspension

Mike Meszaros
Aug 28, 2014
Photographer: Jason Manchester

Warren Goodman is a family man. As a husband and father, it's his job to make sure the household remains happy. When shopping for a vehicle with Mrs. Goodman, they decided the Audi Q5 would suit their needs. But after a few months on family duty, the vehicle was deemed too small and its future was in question. But being a car enthusiast, Warren's gears started turning and an idea for a fun family vehicle was born. Selling his 2014 Audi S4, Warren took over the little 2014 Audi Q5 TDI S-Line SUV and this interesting project began.

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To kick-start the Audi Q5 TDI S-Line build, Warren turned to his second family—Canadian VW/Audi specialists RPI Equipped. They took the Audi Q5 into the workshop, and it was soon hoisted onto a lift and disassembled. Warren wanted to bag the SUV but still wanted to use it for activities such as mountain biking. So in order to retain the factory suspension options, an AccuAir B8 Sport kit was purchased and installed. This kept the factory dampers, allowing the driver to retain the Audi Drive Select modes, while giving Warren the ability to adopt an aggressive stance and tuck the wheels when needed.

The next step was to transform the appearance of the family truck with a 10-piece Caractere widebody kit. It included four fender flares to give the vehicle some much-needed aggression, as well as a front spoiler, hatch spoiler, and a rear hatch blend. The latter eliminates the step between the tailgate and rear bumper, giving the tail a smoother appearance.

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Initially, the Audi Q5 also wore a set of 21x9.5-inch Caractere CW1 wheels with Dunlop Sport Maxx tires. More recently, however, Warren decided to change things up with a set of 22x10.5-inch Rotiform LHR wheels. Finished in black and with deep lips, they lend the Q5 TDI a more intimidating stance on the road. They are fitted with Nitto NT420S tires in a generous 265/35 R22 size.

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Since the VW/Audi scene loves its roof racks, and the Goodmans were looking forward to family road trips, Warren decided a Thule Atlantis roof box was the perfect storage solution—as well as an interesting style addition. And after color-matching the box to the Audi's paint, it was installed on the roof for all to see.

The extra luggage space up top compensated for the reduced trunk space once the AccuAir air tank was installed behind the rear seats. It's neatly mounted above ground, while the air suspension's twin compressor and management system are mounted in the spare wheelwell. The cover for these was coated in Dynamat to reduce the sound from the compressors when they're filling the air tank.

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Since the 2014 Audi Q5 TDI S-Line would be putting some miles under its belt, and modifications are limited for the 2.0L TDI motor, it has remained unmolested for now. But they didn't resist the opportunity to add some interior sparkle with Audi's carbon-fiber dash trim. The team also equipped the car with a start/stop button and pedal set from the sporty Audi SQ5.

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The only other interior addition was the AccuAir e-Level touchpad that is mounted on the center console, within easy reach of the driver. With this remote control, Warren can raise or lower the ride height according the conditions or to clear any obstacles.

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We have to concede that Warren has created a highly individual interpretation of the family SUV, one that still retains a great deal of practicality, while adding a dash of style and performance. It certainly makes you realize there are plenty of fun alternatives to the family minivan!

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Tech Spec

2014 Audi Q5 TDI S-Line

Warren Goodman
Vancouver, BC
RPI Equipped

Stock 2.0L four-cylinder TDI diesel

Eight-speed automatic


AccuAir B8 Sport kit using Audi electronic dampers, e-Level management system, trunk-mounted air tank, twin compressors under trunk floor

Wheels & Tires
22x10.5" Rotiform LHR wheels, 265/35 R22 Nitto NT420S tires

Caractere widebody kit with fender flares, front spoiler, hatch spoiler, hatch blend, color-matched Thule Atlantis roof box

OEM Audi carbon-fiber dash trim, SQ5 start/stop button and pedal set, AccuAir e-Level touchpad remote control

RPI Equipped

By Mike Meszaros
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