Review

Audi Q5 SUV

Price  £31,720 - £44,785

Audi Q5 SUV

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Car-like to drive
  • Strong resale values
  • Excellent build quality
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, firm suspension and a 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 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 the 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.

The Audi Q5 is available in five trim levels: SE, S line, S line Plus, performance-oriented SQ5, and flagship SQ5 Plus. 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."
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 
4 Sep 2015
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