Review

Audi Q5 SUV

Price  £31,365 - £44,705

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

Sitting between the Q3 and Q7 in Audi's range, the Audi Q5 is very desirable despite having limited off-road ability and a pretty firm ride. Its smaller dimensions make it far more manageable than its big brother, the Q7 (it's so much easier to park), and a recent facelift has given it a more up-to-date look and feel. Aimed squarely at the Land Rover Freelander, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60, the Q5 has all the build quality and refinement of any Audi saloon combined with the extra space of a larger SUV, so any compromises are in service of creating an excellent middle ground. It has big, roomy seats that make it very comfortable, and the Q5 would be a class leader, if only its ride wasn’t so firm. However, it handles more like a car than an SUV, which makes it a pleasure to drive. You get a good choice of engines, with the 2.0-litre TDI diesel proving the pick of the range, thanks to the fact it offers performance and fuel economy in equal measure. It comes in three standard Audi specifications – entry-level SE, mid-spec S line and top-of-the-range S line Plus.