Audi Q5 SUV (2008-2016) - MPG, running costs & CO2
Stick to diesel versions of the Audi Q5 to keep running costs low
Audi’s enduring appeal means that the Audi Q5 will be worth as much – if not more – when you come to sell as its closest rivals. Experts say the Q5 will retain some 51% of its original value after three years and 36,000 miles, which is as much in percentage terms as the BMW X3. But the best model for retaining value is the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
Audi Q5 MPG & CO2
For the best balance of performance and economy, we recommend the 2.0-litre diesel Audi Q5. It’s available with either 148 or 187bhp, but both versions return average fuel economy of around 50mpg and CO2 emissions of under 151g/km for annual road tax of £145.
The 3.0-litre diesel reduces fuel economy to 47.1mpg and sees CO2 emissions rise to 158g/km for road tax of £185 annually, but the least economical diesels are the SQ5 and SQ5 Plus. They're comfortably the fastest models in the Q5 range, though, which makes their average fuel economy figure of 42.8mpg easier to live with. Road tax for the SQ5 and SQ5 Plus is a fairly steep £210 a year, which is more understandable when you see the performance figures for these two models.
There's only one petrol engine available, a 2.0-litre with 227bhp. This comes with four-wheel-drive as standard and returns 37.2mpg (38.7mpg if you choose the automatic), while road tax is either £210 or £185 depending on which gearbox you choose – not too bad for a petrol SUV.
All models of Q5 sit in group 33 for insurance, aside from the SQ5, which is rated in group 41. Insurance groups for the Land Rover Freelander range from 21 to 26, while the BMW X3 occupies groups 26 to 43.
The Audi Q5 isn’t especially cheap to run, but the company does offer fixed-price services starting from £159. Audi has also set fixed prices for wear-and-tear items such as the clutch (from £749), cambelt (£449) and brake pads (£139).
All Audis come with a three-year/60,000-mile warranty, which is a match for the warranty offered on a new Land Rover, but doesn’t give the ultimate peace of mind of BMW’s three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty.