The Audi Q5 is a mid-sized SUV model, and as the name suggests it’s bigger than the Q3 but smaller than the seven-seat Q7. This makes it a rival for cars, such as the BMW X3, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Volvo XC60.
The original version, which you can read about here, was launched in 2008, and was let down by a heavy manual gearshift and overly firm ride. However, Audi has gradually improved the car over the years, most significantly in 2012 when it also updated the looks.
Today's Q5 is not only a practical and classy SUV with a good-sized boot, but also one that's enjoyable to drive and available with strong and efficient diesel engines.
There are three trim levels that cater for various tastes by offering increasing levels of sportiness. But while all versions of the Q5 come with four-wheel drive, the emphasis is very much on refined road manners rather than off-road ability, no matter which version you choose.
At the top of the range sits the SQ5, which has a very powerful diesel engine, aggressive styling and bespoke suspension settings.
If you’re in the market for a premium-badged family SUV, the Audi Q5 will almost certainly be on your shortlist and, despite its advancing years and a few niggles, it’s still worth a place there.
Read on over the next few pages for everything you need to know before buying one, including our recommendations for which engine and trim to choose.