The classy Q5 is Audi’s mid-sized SUV, straddling the gap between the compact Q3 and vast Q7. All versions come with the celebrated quattro all-wheel drive system, and there are four engines to choose from, each firmly putting an emphasis on refined driving manners.
The Q5 marries aerodynamic coupé-like lines with the practicality of an SUV body, and three trim levels – with increasing levels of sportiness – mean there is one to suit every driver. Athletic and elegant in a single breath, all options are decorated with aluminium and chrome details.
All models include electric door mirrors that fold to guard against damage when parked. Specify the S line trim and you’ll enjoy sporty-looking bumpers, air inlets and side skirts, while upgrading further to S line Plus will also bring you rear privacy glass and metallic paint.
An elegant dashboard houses an Audi Concert radio with a six point five-inch display, controlled via Audi’s MMI system. It boasts a DAB digital receiver and CD player, while a Bluetooth® system also gives you the option to stream music wirelessly from your smartphone.
All models come with luxurious leather upholstery, and a split-folding rear seat means you can carry more unusual items if the cavernous 540-litre boot should somehow be unable to fit them in. You can also add a folding front passenger seat on SE models, if you need to carry very long items with regularity.
You can choose from three diesel engines and a solitary petrol. There’s a 2.0 TDI with two power outputs, both of which return around 50mpg on the combined cycle, a 3.0 TDI with 254bhp, and a 2.0 TFSI.
Automatic Stop-Start and energy recuperation technologies help to reduce CO2 emissions across the range, and there are six-speed manual, seven-speed S tronic and eight-speed tiptronic transmission options depending on your choice of engine.
The Q5 shares its basic chassis with a similar model from Porsche but at a much more affordable price, with predictably impressive handling as a result. An optional dynamic steering system makes the steering even more responsive.
The Q5 has been awarded a five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP, with plenty of airbags to protect passengers from both frontal and side impacts in the event of a collision.
S line and S line Plus models come with extra-bright Xenon headlights, and a tyre pressure loss indicator will alert you if you experience a slow puncture, while a graphic parking assistance system on S line Plus models will help you park at the end of your journey.
Cruise control on all models takes the effort out of long motorway journeys, while Hill Descent Control with off-road ESP will help should you ever venture into the rough stuff.
A colour driver information system sits on a small screen at the centre of the instrument binnacle, providing infotainment details, telephone controls and satellite navigation (if fitted). Its convenient location means you have all the information you need at your eyeline, meaning your eyes can spend more time on the road.
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