Audi Q5 SUV
Price £32,580 - £52,300
- Car-like to drive
- Strong resale values
- Excellent build quality
- High price tag
- Feeling its age
- Not very good off-road
At a glance
"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 manufacturer's second largest SUV after the Q7, and counts the Volvo XC90, BMW X3 and Land Rover Discovery Sport as its main rivals. The Q5 offers the elevated driving position and off-roader styling that is proving increasingly popular with new car buyers.
While stylish on the outside, the interior of the Q5 is one of the best in class, with lots of high quality materials and finishes cladding a logical, simple design. Despite the fact the Q5 is an ageing model, the interior still looks great.
Not only does the cabin look good but it's also very spacious, combining with a bigger boot to provide plenty of practicality for family use. Audi's four-wheel drive system delivers extra grip on slippery or loose surfaces but it also means the Q5 makes an excellent tow car because it's suitable for pulling heavier loads than a normal estate car.
Audi cars come with some of the best diesel engines on the market and the 2.0-litre diesel in the Q5 suits it very well. It powers the car from 0-62mph in nine seconds but is still capable of up to 50mpg.
A common criticism of Audis is their ride, which can often feel very firm. The Q5 is no different in this regard, so it's worth resisting the larger alloy wheels if you want to maximise comfort, as the bigger wheels only make the ride feel harsher. The Q5 isn’t as fun to drive as the BMW X3 and it isn’t as good as off-road as a Land Rover but its design and performance mean its very competent all-rounder.
Audi Q5 buyers have five trim levels to choose from, beginning with entry-level SE, S line, S line Plus, the performance SQ5 model and the range-topping SQ5 Plus. All Q5s come with climate control, digital radio, a 6.5-inch colour screen for the infotainment system, automatic headlight and wipes, as well as 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