Audi Q5 SUV
Price £31,370 - £44,715
- Car-like to drive
- Excellent build quality
- Strong resale values
- Firm suspension
- High price tag
- Not very good off-road
At a glance
"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.
Stick to diesel versions of the Audi Q5 to keep running costs low
No Audi Q5 feels slow, but the SQ5 lays down startling performance figures for a diesel SUV
Beautifully constructed interiors are an Audi trademark and the Audi Q5 doesn’t disappoint in this area
The Audi Q5 has a more practical interior and better towing ability than the A4 Avant estate
Owners rate the build quality of the Audi Q5 better than any other model