Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Interior build quality is everything we've come to expect from Audi. All the materials used, from the brushed aluminium trim to the leather upholstery on top models, have a touch of finesse to them.

The finish is superb too - the buttons and switches for the main controls work with real precision while the soft-touch dashtop plastics add to the premium appearance.

The lofty driving position means visibility is good, there's an electric parking brake as standard plus Audi's MMI control system for the stereo and optional sat nav is simple and intuitive to use.

Despite its keen handling, Audi Q5 comfort levels are not compromised. So while the ride is firm, it's also forgiving and irons out uneven and bumpy roads superbly.

Audi's optional 'drive select' system can be specified with damper control - basically a system allowing you to alter the suspension settings from 'sport' to 'comfort'. It works well and there's a noticeable difference in the ride and handling between settings.

The seats are exceptionally comfortable with decent side support and at motorway speeds there's only minor wind noise inside the cabin.