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SQ5 Full beam throw on LED matrix lights

Meester_Steve Sep 10, 2018

  1. Meester_Steve

    Meester_Steve Active Member TFSI Owners Group Team V6 Team Navarra SQ5 owners group

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    During my limited ownership period of a month or so, I’ve only been out in the dark in the car a couple of times.
    The auto full beam and matrix beam works a treat and is pretty cool, but the distance illuminated when on full beam seems a bit short. I was expecting everything to be lit up like day light for maybe 300-400+ meters, but it appears to be well short of that. There isn’t a huge contrast between dipped and full beam.

    Are you other Matrix users experiencing the same?

    Do I need to reset my expectations or get them looked at?
     
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  3. mxnrg

    mxnrg Well-Known Member Team Daytona TFSI Owners Group Team V6 Audi Q5 SQ5 owners group MQB Platform

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    Hey @Meester_Steve

    I sort of had the same impression about full beam until I realised it really doesn't go into full retina burn mode if there are any other cars or light sources around. Also they are a different type of brightness from Xenon lights. I have yet to drive in the dark with no illumination and no other cars around.

    I've done less miles than you in just over 3 months ;)


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  4. Meester_Steve

    Meester_Steve Active Member TFSI Owners Group Team V6 Team Navarra SQ5 owners group

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    Ok, cool. I’ll have to go out and find some dark country lanes. There was some other traffic and street lighting, so I guess the system was tempering itself.
    Can’t believe you haven’t hit 1k yet!! So you’ve not pushed it yet then? The car has been in Individual from day one - everything configured as dynamic except engine/transmission and being driven with kid gloves. Few more miles and I can give it some welly!
     
  5. mxnrg

    mxnrg Well-Known Member Team Daytona TFSI Owners Group Team V6 Audi Q5 SQ5 owners group MQB Platform

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    I’ve driven in Comfort 98% of the time using less than 50% of maximum revs. I have put it in Dynamic a couple of times on the motorway when up over 80C engine temperature since I hit 600 miles, perks up the exhaust note! At 775 miles now, a couple more longish runs and I’ll break the 1000 miles.

    Than manual talks about having the car at operating temperature before giving it the full beans, what temperature do you think that is?

    Have you really driven in Dynamic for steering and dampers all the time? (I forget do you have air suspension?).


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    Meester_Steve Active Member TFSI Owners Group Team V6 Team Navarra SQ5 owners group

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    The first couple of hundred miles were in comfort mode, but I was missing any exhaust note. I wanted to keep the engine/gearbox mechanics activity to a bare minimum, so left that in comfort, everything else in dynamic - height/dampers, steering, exhaust. Yes, we do have Air suspension so I think it helps keep the ride supple enough and I don't find the ride too harsh. The full 'Comfort' in drive select is lovely though - gives the car a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde thing going on.
    On the subject of ride height, I do wish the lowest road setting was a bit lower OotB. I know it's an 'SUV' but hey could have dropped a couple of mil more. I have seen some people in the US have replaced some spacers to get that height, but not messing with anything just yet.
    Not noticed a huge contrast between the two steering setups, but thats probably me and the will notice more of an impact once I'm bustling along a country lane with a little pace.
    My experience overall so far - can't really fault anything and definitely worth the (extended) wait and still haven't experienced the full extent of what the vehicle can offer. Roll on the next 150 miles!
     
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  7. terminator x

    terminator x Well-Known Member Team Nardo Team V6 Audi RS4

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    You'll love it in Winter, such a cool option! Love mine, perhaps too much :)

    Edit - yes matrix led's.

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  8. Meester_Steve

    Meester_Steve Active Member TFSI Owners Group Team V6 Team Navarra SQ5 owners group

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    @terminator x I assume you mean the Matrix LEDs?
    It was cool watching it activate/deactivate elements for approaching vehicles and signs etc. waiting for a really dark night to give it a bit more of a test.
    How does it handle snow? Does it recognise it as a reflective glare surface or just go full blast?
     
  9. terminator x

    terminator x Well-Known Member Team Nardo Team V6 Audi RS4

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    The matrix lights yes. Incredible to see the dark patches of light dancing around as cars approach. Not sure about snow but imho won't be any better than normal lights as the camera is just watching for car headlights afaik although it does "switch off" in well lit areas so perhaps it will just do that?

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  10. Meester_Steve

    Meester_Steve Active Member TFSI Owners Group Team V6 Team Navarra SQ5 owners group

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    It must vary between a right giggle and a huge PTA keeping your beast under control in the snow ;)
     
  11. terminator x

    terminator x Well-Known Member Team Nardo Team V6 Audi RS4

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    Ha ha not been in snow yet as only got it Mar 18. Will be interesting to test WOT in the snow ;)

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