Review

Audi Q5 SUV

Price  £31,720 - £44,785

Audi Q5 SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Car-like to drive
  • Excellent build quality
  • Strong resale values
Cons
  • Firm suspension
  • High price tag
  • Not very good off-road

At a glance

The greenest
2.0 TDI quattro SE 150PS 5dr £31,720
The cheapest
2.0 TDI quattro SE 150PS 5dr £31,720
The fastest
3.0 TDI quattro 313PS 8-speed tiptronic 5dr £44,785
Top of the range
3.0 TDI quattro 313PS 8-speed tiptronic 5dr £44,785

"The compact Audi Q5 is easy to drive and has a practical interior. However, the firm suspension and high price dent its overall appeal."

The Audi Q5 is the German firm's answer to models such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport, Volvo XC90 and BMW X3. The mid-sized SUV occupies that desirable middle ground between a fully-fledged off-roader and an estate car.

Its smart exterior hides one of the (if not the) nicest interiors in the class, with all the soft-touch plastics, cold-feeling metals and classy trim finishes that are seen across the rest of the Audi range.

A spacious interior makes this car perfect for families and the Q5 offers a bigger boot than either the Audi A4 saloon or A4 Avant estate, while passengers also get more headroom. And four-wheel drive isn’t just useful for added grip in slippery conditions – it also means the Q5 can tow heavier caravans and trailers than a standard estate car.

As part of the Volkswagen Group, Audi has access to some of the best engines currently built and the 2.0-litre diesel is an excellent match for the Q5. It allows the Audi to get from 0-62mph in nine seconds flat, while returning fuel economy of close to 50mpg.

Audi has a reputation for producing stiffly sprung cars – and the Q5 doesn’t break with this tradition. Stick to the smaller-wheeled version if you’re looking for a comfortable ride. Also, the Q5 isn’t as much fun to drive as the BMW X3 or as good off-road as the Land Rover Freelander, but it strikes a good balance between the two while always feeling safe and secure to drive.

The Audi Q5 is available in four trim levels: SE, S line, S line Plus and the top-of-the-range, performance-oriented SQ5. All models come with climate control, DAB digital radio, a 6.5-inch colour screen, automatic headlights and wipers, plus rear parking sensors.

MPG, running costs & CO2

2.6 / 5

Stick to diesel versions of the Audi Q5 to keep running costs low

Engines, drive & performance

3.5 / 5

No Audi Q5 feels slow, but the SQ5 lays down startling performance figures for a diesel SUV

Interior & comfort

3.2 / 5

Beautifully constructed interiors are an Audi trademark and the Audi Q5 doesn’t disappoint in this area

Practicality & boot space

3.3 / 5

The Audi Q5 has a more practical interior and better towing ability than the A4 Avant estate

Reliability & safety

4 / 5

Owners rate the build quality of the Audi Q5 better than any other model

What the others say

3.8 / 5
based on 4 reviews
4 / 5
Excellent road manners show where the Q5 is designed to work best. With positive steering and tight body control the Audi has the kind of car-like precision that its prestige rivals can’t match from behind the wheel. Ride comfort is firm but well judged damping deals with bumps effectively.
10 / 20
Decent small SUV that can threaten the larger Q7 price-wise if you start getting jiggy with the options.
4 / 5
Audi has set its sights high with the Q5 - and it's managed to score a direct hit thanks to its 4x4's superb comfort, space and quality. If only the cars with the semi-automatic gearbox were a little smoother when taking off from a standstill.
4.5 / 5
With sharp styling, a comfortable cabin and the best handling of any off-roader, the Q5 is a superb all-round 4x4.
What owners say 
4.4755555555556
4.5 /5 based on 45 reviews
80%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
14 Jan 2015
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