Despite a firm ride and limited off-road ability, the Audi Q5 is still a very desirable car. Aimed at the Land Rover Freelander 2, it has the build quality and refinement of an Audi saloon but the practicality and space of a larger 4x4, so it's an excellent compromise. Thanks to big seats, it's very comfortable, too. If it weren’t for the slightly stiff ride Audi would have built a clear class leader. The choice of engines is good, and the excellent 2.0 TDI diesel is the best of the bunch, as it offers pace and economy in equal measure.