Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Should you buy one?

Premium SUVs are big business, and the Audi Q5 is 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.

Despite looking like there’s a limited engine choice, 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. Otherwise, the 2.0-litre 40 TDI diesel makes the most sense for the majority of buyers. It provides enough punch for most, while remaining the most economical option in the real world.

What we like

Comfort is the overriding appeal of the Q5, along with the decent tech on board. Most popular models are S Line and Edition 1 cars that have a more aggressive look, but don’t overlook the entry-level Sport trim. There’s no need to feel short-changed and it actually has a close amount of kit as the S line for the most part, it just doesn’t have quite as much visual appeal.

What we don’t like

If you want a sporty SUV, look elsewhere. The flagship SQ5 is a bit of a disappointment when compared to cars such as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio and the Q5’s close relative, the Porsche Macan. A firm ride is supposed to give the SQ5 a bit of focus, but really it makes it unsettled on all but the smoothest roads, and it doesn’t reward with an engaging drive.

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