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 that are 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 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 to drive.
The Audi Q5 is available in four trim levels: SE, S line, S line Plus and the top-of-the-range, performance-oriented SQ5. All models come with climate control, DAB digital radio, a 6.5-inch colour screen, automatic headlights and wipers, plus rear parking sensors.