Review

Audi Q5 SUV

The Audi Q5 was designed as a rival for models such as the Volvo XC60, BMW X3 and Land Rover Freelander. The upmarket mid-sized SUV has classy looks, a smart and spacious interior and is well built.

It's not as fun to drive as the X3 or as good off-road as the Freelander, but the Q5 strikes a good balance between the two. As with most Audis, the Q5 has firm suspension that some might find uncomfortable, but it also comes with a good range of engines. The best is the 2.0-litre diesel thanks to its blend of fuel economy and performance.

A spacious interior makes it perfect for families, while four-wheel drive means that the Q5 also doubles as a tow car.

The Audi is available in four trim levels, basic SE, S line, S line Plus, and the top-of-the-range performance orientated SQ5. All models come with climate control, DAB radio, 6.5-inch colour screen, automatic headlights and wipers, plus rear parking sensors.