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Audi Q5 Review
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Audi Q5 - Overview
The Q5 is Audi’s mid-sized SUV and a great all-rounder. It bears many hallmarks of the brand’s other models, such as a high-class interior, top refinement and a comfortable ride and every model is fitted with the company’s quattro four-wheel drive system and a seven-speed automatic transmission. There’s plenty of superb standard equipment and the engines are powerful but economical given the car’s size.
What is the Audi Q5 like to drive?
Arguably the Q5’s biggest achievement is its ride, which has improved dramatically over that of its predecessor. The latest generation is a luxurious SUV and does an impressive job of cushioning bumpy roads. That hasn’t come at the expense of handling, though, as the Q5 drives incredibly well, with very responsive steering. Audi’s Drive Select system allows you to toggle between different settings and fine-tune the car for the surface on which you’re travelling. The quattro four-wheel drive system renders the Q5 suitably sure-footed, but it also works with economy in mind. At a more leisurely pace, it disengages the rear wheels, so the car doesn’t use as much fuel. Powerful engines make it brisk for an SUV, and each of the Q5’s diesel and petrol units can get it from 0-62mph in less than eight seconds; they’re as smooth and as punchy as you’d expect from an Audi, too.
What engines and gearboxes are available?
- 2.0 TFSI 252hp, 157-159g/km CO2 (32% BIK), 40.4-40.9mpg
- 2.0 TDI 190hp, 132-133g/km CO2 (30% BIK), 55.4-56.5mpg
- 7-speed semi-automatic (S tronic and Tiptronic)
Audi Q5 trim levels explained
The Audi Q5 is well equipped as standard and can be ordered in SE, Sport or S line specifications. Key items of standard equipment are:
- 18” alloys
- quattro four-wheel drive
- Drive Select system
- 7” MMI infotainment system
- DAB radio
- Two USB inputs and one aux socket
- Voice control
- Leather seats
- Heated front seats
- Triple-zone climate control
- Power tailgate
- Xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights
- Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
- Cruise control with speed limiter
- Keyless go
- Audi Parking System Plus
- Auto dimming rear-view mirror
Sport (in addition to SE)
- Upgraded 18” alloys
- Sat nav
- Electrically adjustable sports seats
S-line (in addition to Sport)
- 19” alloys
- Upgraded leather and Alcantara seats
- S line interior trim with additional leather
- S line bumpers, skirts and additional styling adornments
How to spec the Audi Q5
It’s difficult to find fault with the standard SE model’s large amount of equipment, but the Sport trim-level’s addition of sat nav and powered seats is a big draw for company car drivers. The 2.0-litre TDI engine offers excellent economy and makes for brilliant company car selection, as it falls into a lower benefit-in-kind band.
Audi Q5 interior – what’s it like?
Audi interiors are known for being some of the best in the business and the Q5 is no exception. The cabin is classy, exceptionally well built and the dashboard layout is clean and functional. Being a large SUV, the Q5 isn’t short of room inside – and it’s very practical. Space for front and rear seat passengers is excellent and there are several clever features, such as a slim slot in the centre console to house smartphones. The boot is equally large at 550 litres, and it can be extended to 610 litres by sliding the back seats forward. Fold them flat and you’re left with an incredible 1,550 litres.
Audi Q5 alternatives
Other models for consideration include the BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Lexus NX, Mercedes GLC and Volvo XC60.
Fast, smart and spacious, the Q5 is a very appealing SUV in every respect. The interior is among its strongest suits, coming with plenty of room, while the strides Audi has made with the latest model’s ride quality have dramatically improved comfort, making it fantastic choice for the company car driver looking to upsize to an SUV.