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For The SQ5 delivers truly searing pace, and thanks to sound actuators in the exhaust, it sounds more like a V8 petrol than a diesel. The fuel it uses also means it returns a reasonable 39.2mpg.

Against The SQ5 is not a cheap car to buy, and the sporty suspension setup means the ride feels way too harsh.

Audi Q5 4x4

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

An interesting car with an excellent engine, but it's too uncomfortable and too expensive to buy and run.

What Car? readers say


Key facts

5.1 secs
Top speed
155 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
685 miles
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Audi Q5 competes against some desirable machinery, and its price pits it against several larger 4x4s that are more capable off-road. However, the lure of the Audi badge means lots of buyers will be tempted, and the Q5's charms are certainly worth considering.

Above all, it has a cabin with masses of space front and rear, and a large boot. It looks pretty swish, too, even if we're not quite as impressed by the cabin materials as we are with those in most other Audis.

Decent CO2 emissions and fuel economy lead to reasonable running costs that will appeal to private and business drivers. We'd recommend one of the economical 2.0-litre diesel engines, and would steer clear of versions with big wheels and S line suspension, which give a punishing ride.

Reader test team says:

Audi Q5 4x4 2.0 TDI 177 q'ttro S line Plus 5dr

We had one of the first q5s in 2009 and found it a good all rounder the only down side was the over stiff suspension,after 3 years we defected to BMW…

graham whiley

5 out of 5 stars

Audi Q5 4x4 2.0 TDI 170 SE Start/Stop 5dr

I test drove the automatic Q5 SE 170 car at the weekend as I'm changing my car at present and wanted make sure I'd covered all the bases rather than…

Nick Riordan

2 out of 5 stars

Audi Q5 4x4 2.0 TDI 170 SE 5dr

We bought our Diesel Q5 in March 2009 for the birth of our 2nd child as a replacement for my elderly Mk1 Audi TT. It proved wonderfully practical (and…

Simon Mathews

5 out of 5 stars

Audi Q5 4x4 2.0 TFSI SE Auto 5dr

Q7 was way to big and the X3 is simply ugly and badly assembled. Introduce the Q5, great to look at and comfy to drive, I'd say the steering was a…

Paul Jeffers

4 out of 5 stars
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