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Audi Q5

£ 40,835 - £ 66,700
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Published: 15 Dec 2020
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Buying

What should I be paying?

Audi doesn’t make speccing a new car particularly easy – there’s a bewildering array of trim levels, some only available with certain engines, and within them a load of different options/packages to choose from.

There are four basic trims, beginning with Sport, then hitting S-Line and Edition 1 en route to the range-topping Vorsprung. Happily even Sport cars get good kit – cruise control, a basic version of the MMI infotainment system with added CarPlay, heated seats, three-zone climate control, keyless go and so-on. S-Line and Edition 1 are essentially the same – styling packs that only really add schporty bumpers, wheels, privacy glass and LED headlights.

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Vorsprung, meanwhile, is a catch-all that gives you every conceivable bit of equipment, from the excellent Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster to adaptive air suspension, via a panoramic sunroof, head-up display and all available driver assistance and safety systems. It is thus quite expensive – the diesel-engined Sport is around £42,000, while the Vorsprung is almost £60,000.

It’s mostly the same for the hybrid. Not available in Sport trim though, while ‘Competition’ sub-trims of S-Line and Vorsprung denote the more powerful powertrain. Prices start at around £50,000 for the S-Line, rising to almost £70,000 for the all singing, all dancing Vorsprung Competition. Expensive, yes, and thus really only worth it if you’re a company car driver and can take advantage of low BIK rates.

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