Review

Audi Q5 SUV

Price  £32,130 - £51,845

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 £32,130
The cheapest
2.0 TDI quattro SE 150PS 5dr £32,130
The fastest
3.0 TDI quattro 8-speed tip plus 5dr £51,845
Top of the range
3.0 TDI quattro 8-speed tip plus 5dr £51,845

"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 almost 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.

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 
4.4818181818182
4.5 /5 based on 44 reviews
82%
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
11 Feb 2016
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