Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy an Audi Q5 SUV?

Premium SUVs are big business and the Audi Q5 is one of the most popular - and one of our favourites - so yes, it should be on your shopping list.

It's impressively accomplished – effortlessly covering comfortable cruising or practical family duties with no fuss. The Q5’s slick, polished nature pervades the range, whether you’re looking at an entry-level Sport model or the range-topping SQ5. All have a well-judged driving experience, plenty of useful equipment and good practicality.

The 2.0-litre 40 TDI diesel makes the most sense for the majority of buyers – which is a good thing as the range is much more slimmed down than it used to be. It provides enough punch for most, while remaining the most economical option in the real world. Most buyers to opt for S Line trim – it comes with extra styling goodies that give the Q5 a sporting edge to its looks. For our money, though, we’d go for lower-ranked Sport trim and spend the money we saved on the Comfort and Sound Package that nets you keyless entry, a reversing camera, a glitzy LED ambient light show and an upgraded Bang & Olufsen hi-fi system.

And despite its line-up being fairly limited in terms of engines, there's actually something to cover a range of buyers' needs. The plug-in hybrid options are a good option for company drivers, as well as private buyers spending a lot of time in town where you can make the most of that electric power, but remember they're pitched as performance models, not eco warriors.

Like the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60, the Q5 is an impressive all-rounder, and a smarter buy than a Mercedes-Benz GLC which, despite being updated, feels a little behind in terms of interior quality. It would aslso be foolish to overlook the undoubted evergreen appeal of the Range Rover Evoque. But we think the Q5 is the best compromise and the most talented in a number of areas. 

Further reading

>> Q5 too big? See how we rate the smaller Audi Q3

>> Could the electric Audi E-Tron be an eco-friendly choice?

>> Our Parkers star ratings explained