- High-class interior
- Good to drive
- Engines are dated
- No eco-friendly option
- Safety not as good as competitors
Well-packaged mid-size SUV is a solid competitor
Audi introduced the Q5 in 2009 to compete in the luxury mid-size SUV market. Back then, competition wasn’t quite as hot as it is now. With the BMW X3, the Volvo XC60, the Mercedes GLE, and the Land Rover Discovery Sport offering viable alternatives, the Q5 finds itself in a difficult market. However, the four-wheel drive Q5 still offers buyers an impressive package of a refined ride, rewarding driving experience, and high levels of practicality. It’s certainly an option to consider for buyers who want practicality, without compromising on luxury.
Quality materials, plenty of space, decent standard kit
If there’s one thing that buyers associate with Audi as a brand, it’s exceptional interior quality. The Q5 is certainly no different, incorporating ergonomic design and high-grade materials, the Q5 is one of the class leaders.
The dashboard of the Q5 is a wonderfully constructed concoction of soft-touch materials and easy-to-use controls. Classy chrome touches throughout the interior only add to what is an executive feeling environment. It may not have been updated for quite a few years, but it certainly doesn’t feel dated. There’s few cars in its class that can match the Q5, only the more expensive Porsche Macan can lay claim to being a better constructed cabin.
Space-wise, the Q5 is equally impressive. There’s not quite as much space in the boot as a BMW X3, nor a Land Rover Discovery Sport, but with 540 litres of usable, square space, there’s more than enough room for a big family shop, a buggy, or a couple of medium sized suitcases. There’s also an option of a net partition for if you have a dog, which will come in handy for stopping Rover from slobbering all over the back seats.
Specification levels on the Q5 are also good, though you might not get as much as in some rivals. The entry-level SE trim nevertheless includes three-zone climate control, automatic lights and wipers, alloy wheels, leather seats, and an infotainment system that includes a DAB radio and Bluetooth as standard.
All in all the inside of the Q5 is up there with the best in class. The interior is well-designed, and built with quality materials. There’s also plenty of useable space, and a good level of standard kit. All of this combined contributes to make a solid setup.
Good to drive, comfortable ride
One area in which the Audi Q5 excels is in its driving experience. Compared to most rivals, the Q5 is quite a good car to drive. Steering is sharp and precise, and there’s plenty of traction, all of which contribute towards class-leading levels of fun. Only the more expensive Porsche Macan could be said to be more impressive, but the Q5 easily outwits the BMW X3 and the Mercedes GLE.
Ride quality in the Q5 depends upon which model you choose to go for. Surprisingly, the entry-level suspension found on the SE trim is arguably the best. With this setup, the Q5 easily irons out all but the deepest of potholes, as well as coping admirably over rough surfaces. With four-wheel drive as standard, the Q5 can also cope with moderate off-road activity. Sport models come with a stiffer suspension and bigger wheels, which can sometimes make the Q5 uncomfortable over poor British roads.
Gearbox options on the Q5 come in three guises. The most common gearbox in the range is a 6-speed manual transmission, that suits the Q5 well. There’s also a 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic, that adds efficiency, though it can be a little unrefined about town. There’s also an excellent 8-speed Tiptronic box on the range-topping SQ5.
A good range of engine options, though no green option
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Q5, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, and diesel. There’s high-powered petrols for petrolheads, and efficient diesels for those who seek value for money, though there’s no real eco-friendly option, which may not go down too well with some buyers.
For those who want intense power from their Q5, the standout option in the range is the SQ5 Quattro. This forward-thinking twin-turbo diesel-powered 3.0 TDI block produces 309bhp and a stonking 480lb/ft of torque, which will slingshot you from 0-62mph in just 5.1 seconds. For a family oriented SUV this is astonishingly quick, and is enough to out-pace out-and-out sports cars.
Unfortunately, there’s very little in the way of eco-friendly engine options in the Q5. The greenest engine in the range is the diesel-powered 2.0 TDI (150) Quattro, which produces 147g/km of C02 emissions. It’s far from market leading, and it’s disappointing that Audi hasn’t managed to include a genuine option for planet-conscious buyers. Fortunately, this engine is a great option for money savers. With fuel consumption levels reaching up to 50.4mpg, you’ll at least save some money on fuel, even if emission tax isn’t the cheapest.
Diesel powered units in the Q5 offer both the best value and the best performance. That’s not to say that the petrol engines are poor, they’re just not as good in either performance or fuel efficiency. It’s disappointing that there’s no eco-friendly option, but most engines in the range offer impressive fuel consumption levels.
Full marks in NCAP safety ratings, decent standard equipment
Like most cars in its class, the Audi Q5 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 92% in adult occupant safety, 84% in child occupant safety, and 32% in pedestrian safety, the Q5 doesn’t quite reach the heights of some competitors, especially when you consider that tests have been subsequently toughened up since it was tested in 2009. There is however an acceptable level of standard safety kit. There’s six airbags, a tyre-pressure monitoring system, and stability control.
Not the cheapest to run, used options are more viable due to the cost of new-car depreciation
The Audi Q5 isn’t class-leading when it comes to running costs. It obviously varies from model to model, but when it comes to C02 emissions, and the subsequent emissions tax, the Q5 is expensive throughout the range. Fuel efficiency levels are reasonable however, as long as you avoid the sports car rivalling SQ5.
When it comes to insuring your Q5, you shouldn’t be too shocked by costs. It sits roughly in line with major competitors. The cheapest model in the range is the 2.0 TDI (150bhp) Quattro SE, which sits reasonably in group 21, with the most expensive being the petrol-powered SQ5 again, which has group 42 insurance. Overall insurance costs should be pretty reasonable.
Depreciation is a large factor with the Audi Q5, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Audi Q5 is a well-packaged mid-size luxury SUV. It might not be class-leading in many areas, but it’s far from a disappointment. The interior quality in particular will please most, as will the entertaining driving experience. Engine options are however a little dated, and safety results aren’t the most accurate by modern standards. It’s still should be high up most buyers lists though.
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*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.