Having been the last of the big three premium german brands to join the SUV party, Audi has strengthened its line-up from the top down over the years. The Audi Q5 is its second-biggest offering, and mirrors much of the appeal of its larger, costlier stablemates in a more manageable and economical package.
Clearly cut from the same cloth as the Audi Q7, the Q5 goes without a third row of seats but still packs enough practicality to match large SUV rivals. That's important when its rivals are as diverse as the BMW X3, Mercedes GLC, Volvo XC60 and Land Rover Discovery Sport. And, while far less expensive than its bigger sibling, the Q5 also needs to match the value-for-money of mainstream rivals such as the the Kia Sorento, Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq.
Q5 buyers can choose from petrol or diesel power, and quattro four-wheel drive is standard across the range. With four trim levels, there's no shortage of choice, and the options list gives scope to tailor your Q5 to your tastes. Whichever version you choose, it comes with Audi's strong reputation for build quality and the prestige of that four-ringed badge on the grille. Sure, it doesn’t offer the option of seven seats, but there’s enough space for a family of five and their luggage, and a sliding, reclining rear bench is available. Not only is it impeccably screwed together, but the minimalist looks should appeal to anyone with an eye for design.
Read on over the next few pages and we’ll give you the full lowdown on how the Q5 compares with its key rivals. We’ll also tell you about its practicality, running costs and which trim levels make the most sense.
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