All versions of the Q5 come with four-wheel drive, but the emphasis is very much on refined road manners rather than off-road ability. Three trim levels cater for various tastes, with increasing levels of sportiness. Sportiest of all is 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 Q5 will probably be on your shortlist and, despite its advancing years and a few niggles, it’s still worth a place there. It’s practical, classy, refined and holds its value well.
In the right spec the Audi is good to drive, too; just remember to avoid the optional sports suspension and larger wheels if you want a comfortable ride. You should also bear in mind that the offset pedals in manual models are an annoyance, and that the running costs aren’t the cheapest. It’s also a shame that a few desirable features are reserved for the options list.