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The Top Gear car review: Audi Q5
For:Very refined, good engines, solid & posh-looking interior
Against:Pricey, especially with spec, and compromised space in PHEV. Not as much fun as rivals
What is it?
The Q5 has done the numbers for Audi ever since it came out in 2008, selling in vast quantities pretty much everywhere it’s available. In fact the old one was, says the company, the “world’s best-selling premium mid-size” SUV for some six years, ahead of the BMW X3, Mercedes GLC/GLK and related Porsche Macan.
The current, second-generation Q5 went on sale in the UK in 2017, meaning it’s due a facelift any day now. Based on the same ‘MLB’ platform as the recently updated A4, A5 and so-on, in Audi’s range it sits above the smaller Q3 but under the seven-seat Q7. Key improvements over the old Q5 are in the areas you’d expect – less weight (up to 90kg) thanks to much aluminium, better economy, more tech and so-on.
Competitors? You might consider a BMW X3 or Mercedes GLC, both of which are around the same size and price. Then there’s the Jaguar F-Pace, Volvo XC60, or possibly either the Range Rover Evoque or Velar. Audi doesn’t do a coupe version of the five-seat Q5, as BMW does the X3 and Mercedes the GLC (in the form of the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe), but it’s only a matter of time.
As for engines, with the normal Q5 you’ve got the choice of a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol or a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel. Then you’ve got the Q5 TFSI e, which pairs said petrol engine with a battery and e-motor for low CO2 (and thus tax) and a few miles of electric-only range, and the six-cylinder diesel SQ5. All get automatic gearboxes and quattro all-wheel drive as standard.
Prices start at around £40,000, rising to £55,000 or so for the SQ5.
The fastestSQ5 TDI 5dr Tiptronic
The cheapest40 TDI Quattro Sport 5dr S Tronic
The greenest50 TFSI e Quattro Black Edition 5dr S Tronic