Audi Q5 Car Reviews

The Q5 offers a middle ground between the full sized Q7 4x4 and the more compact Q3. It’s a desirable and classy car that offers all the luxuries available in its larger brother, but in a much more compact, cheaper, model.

Price Range: £-1 - £-1
Insurance Groups: N/A - N/A
MPG Range: N/A - N/A
Score: 4/5
Good to drive
Spacious interior
Sporting looks
Not great off-road
Ride can be a little firm
Offset pedals

Latest Audi Q5 Car Reviews:

Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI (180ps) quattro 5dr - February 2012
The Audi Q5 is a desirable and well equipped medium 4X4 which offers a great driving experience and impressive space for its class. It’s a superb choice for anyone downsizing for more economy or yo...
Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI (180ps) quattro S line Plus 5dr Pre-Model - March 2012
The Q5 2.0 TFSI Quattro S line Plus combines good looks with great performance figures. With plenty of power and a good level of standard equipment, the Q5 is an excellent car, however running cost...
Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI quattro tiptronic 5dr - March 2012
One of the cheapest models in the Q5 range, the 2.0 TFSI Quattro Tiptronic comes with a more basic level of standard kit than its pricier brothers. The Q5's off-road abilities are very limited but ...
Audi Q5 3.2 FSI quattro S line Plus 5dr - March 2012
With high levels of performance generated by its V6 petrol engine, the Q5 3.2 FSI quattro S line Plus is a car which is sure to turn heads on the road. The cabin is comfortable and the engine provi...
Audi Q5 2.0 TDI (143ps) quattro SE 5dr Pre-Model - January 2012
The Audi Q5 4x4 is one of those cars you love at first sight. Its world-class, German quality is as discernible inside as it is visible outside. Good grip makes handling so much fun - enough times ...

Audi Q5 Overview

However, that’s not to say anything about the Q5 is compact. It offers excellent interior spacing, with enough room for 5 passengers, and a huge 540 litre boot, which can be nearly tripled to stow larger luggage with the seats folded down, which makes it ideal for families. It combines this usable interior space with the practicality of a medium sized 4x4 that the Q7 just doesn’t have.


Although the ride could be considered a little firm, the result is a 4x4 that handles like a hatchback. The lack of body roll, excellent grip and responsive steering make this the most fun car in its class, with only the commanding driving position to remind you that you are actually driving a sizeable 4x4.


Behind the wheel the dash, which is taken from the A4, is laid out clearly and the Audi Multimedia Interface (MMI) is easy to use. The quality of the finish is excellent, with only the highest quality materials being used, giving the sleek executive feel that we have come to expect from Audi.


There is a choice of six engines. The petrol offerings are a pair of 2.0 litre turbocharged units and a 3.0 litre V6, whilst there is also a pair of 2.0 litre and 3.0 litre V6 diesel. The 2.0 litre diesels are the most frugal, achieving over 40mpg combined. This is surprisingly efficient for a car of this size.


The Q5 was awarded the Euro NCAP 5 star rating for safety in 2009.

Background

The Q5 is the middle ground between the Q3 and Q7, combining the everyday usability that the smaller Q3 offers, with the space and practicality of the Q7.  It was introduced for the 2009 model year, making its first public appearance at the Beijing Auto Show in 2008. The platform used is the MLP that first appeared on the Audi A5 in 2007.

Summary

If you want the combination of a commanding driving position that a 4x4 offers, but don’t want to compromise on handling, the Q5 could be the car for you.

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