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Audi Q5 review

2016 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 53.9
” Second-generation Audi Q5 is feeling its age “

At a glance

Price new £48,625 - £78,555
Used prices £10,100 - £59,559
Road tax cost £190 - £600
Insurance group 25 - 46
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Fuel economy 30.7 - 44.8 mpg
Range 524 - 801 miles
Miles per pound 4.2 - 5.7
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Available fuel types




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Pros & cons

  • Well-built interior
  • Comfortable, composed ride
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Short-range plug-in hybrid
  • Lack of interior storage
  • Missing 'wow' factor of rivals

Written by Parkers Published: 23 July 2023 Updated: 10 October 2023


The Audi Q5 is a popular premium SUV, albeit one that’s getting on in years. First launched in 2016, it’s since been nipped, tucked and facelifted to keep it up to date with the competition. That’s why it remains as popular as ever.

The second-generation Q5 is available as either a standard boxy family SUV or a slinkier Q5 Sportback, which we’ve reviewed separately. Audi’s recent attempts to rationalise its wide range of cars means that the Q5 range is much simpler than it was before. The engine range is one each of petrol, diesel, or petrol plug-in hybrid, plus the standalone SQ5 performance variant. All cars get an automatic gearbox and quattro all-wheel drive, too.

Rivals are numerous and very talented. The BMW X3 is perhaps the strongest competition with great driving dynamics and a sound interior. The recently updated Mercedes-Benz GLC could also offer a challenge to the aged Audi.

Other rivals that we rate very highly are the hybrid Lexus NX and the Scandi-cool Volvo XC60. Make no mistake, the Q5’s got a lot to live up to.

Trim levels start at the well-equipped Sport, which has LED lights all-round, three-zone climate control, wireless smartphone connectivity, a reversing camera, cruise control, and a pair of screens for infotainment and driver information. S line trim is mostly an appearance package with larger wheels, different bumpers, sport suspension and some stainless steel trim inside. Black Edition takes this a step further with 20-inch wheels and black trim replacing the chrome.

In an unusual move for 2023, it’s the options list where you’ll find most of the goodies – two ‘Technology Packs’ offer a premium stereo, matrix lights, park assist and a head-up display, among other items, while you’ll need the Tour Pack or Driver Assistance pack for a lot of the high-tech safety and comfort features you might expect to find on upper trim levels of rival models.

Keep reading to find out if we recommend the Audi Q5, as well as our take on its practicality, interior, driving dynamics and running costs.