The Audi Q5
The Audi Q5 is a superb all-round Sport’s Utility Vehicle with stream-lined styling, a comfortable cabin and one of the best handling in its class
Much smaller than the Q7, making it much easier to drive and park, but offering adequate interior space and the benefits of a large boot.
The Q5 has high ground-clearance but limited off-road capability. Drives like a car on the road with minimal body roll and has a polished drive.
The Q5 has a good choice of engines, which included the 2.0 TDI, along with a superb seven-speed automatic gearbox.
If you’re after a premium FWD (four-wheel drive) vehicle, and don’t need the ruggedness of a Land Rover, the Q5 is a good alternative. The Q5 was never considered a serious off-roader. It is essentially an ‘on-road machine’ and it shares the same chassis as the with the Audi A4 saloon, thus providing an excellent on-road drive.
The Q5 displays provides hands-on control and a very responsive steering capability, which can be further fine-tuned with the optional Audi Drive Select system that offers comfort, sporting and economy modes.
As the Q5 is an AWD (all-wheel drive) it gives excellent on-road traction, adding to the feeling of security while providing comfort as a key attribute.
The Audi Q5 re-defines the term “car-like” as used to refer to the driving characteristics of a crossover utility vehicle – almost straddling the border between crossovers and wagons, the Q5 feels truly car-like, despite the taller roof line, extra ground clearance, and standard Quattro all-wheel drive.
Regardless of which powertrain you choose, the Audi Q5 delivers smooth, powerful acceleration, and the automatic gearbox is refined and responsive.
Both the 2.0T and 3.0T petrol engines match their rivals in terms of acceleration and fuel economy, the diesel versions offer even higher fuel-efficiency while still delivering plenty of power.
The Q5’s ride quality is firmer than the norm for this class of vehicle.
Handling is excellent, and we consider the Audi Q5 is one of the sportiest crossovers on the market.