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 but 8 months later we were back at the audi dealer and in the face lift q5 all the negatives of the old model have gone,its ride is now the best of all worlds its very smooth but still goes around corners as good as any BMW. Higher std spec and audi top build quality plus uprated engines make this one of the best,i think the motoring press need to revisit this one
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 the default of "I have a Volvo and I'll buy another". Filling in the picture I also considered the X3 (too ugly) and Evoke (too many memories of unreliable cars in the past)
Summary: I was really surprised by the Audi, but in a bad way.
Ride comfort: Hard and bouncy at the same time. The ride was way too hard (and this was the "softer" SE model). Worse was the "bounce" effect that was exhibited if you hit a big undulation in the road (we had five people in the car and maybe this had an effect)
Quality of materials: The plastics in my 2009 Seat Leon are of a better quality than the Q5, and that is really surprising (because the Seat isn't that great). I was expecting the same overall feel as a TT or a VW Golf, but it was nowhere near that level - and this is a very expensive car.
Turbo lag: I would expect most people to want the auto option for this car given the target market. Pulling away from a roundabout is not a pleasant experience - there is a large 1..2..go wait whilst the turbo gets going.
I'm sure there's a decent car in there under all of this, but these three factors completely dominated the experience.
I've chosen the Volvo - a brand new XC60 D5 SE Lux. Much better on all these three counts, and it just feels much more of a quality car.
Audi - you can't trade on your name. This car just isn
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 surprisingly frugal) for a family with 2 young children. Rear access to get kids in and out is excellent. The height of the seats means you won't have to bend down to put wriggling children into baby seats and ISOFix points ensure extra safety. The boot is cavernous and I've had everything from Ikea flat-pack wardrobes to 7ft Christmas trees in there. Handling: It is not a sporty, involved drive or good for fast corners. It is quiet and serene. My wife loves driving it - the steering is light for such a big car and the brakes are fantastic. You can hardly hear the engine and wind noise is minimal. If driven sensibly the 2.0L Diesel can easily return 40+MPG on motorway trips. I made the 250 mile round trip to Sheffield up the M1 many times and returned 50.4 MPG average. Options: We specced Sat Nav (ok, but only 5 digit postcodes), privacy glass, Parking plus (crucial for tight parking spaces), motorised boot and folding mirrors. Reliability has been excellent. She’s done 25K and the only thing that went wrong was the filler flap locked shut and the mechanism was replaced by Audi under warranty. Offroad: In the snow the Quattro system has performed faultlessly with only standard tires. Looks: We went for Black, with black windows, standard chrome trim & 18” alloys. She turns a lot of heads for all the right reasons.
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 little light and the interior space is somewhat shy of the Freelander. Be warned of the larger alloys, it's a firm ride anyway so the larger wheels will make your spine shoot out the top of your head. There's a certain pose appeal to this car aswell which makes the drive all that sweeter. Mine is the 2.0T, I've always gone for the diesel due to mid range torgue but this isn't a car for the traffic light race, it's quiet, smooth, attractive and safe with reasopnable economy, the diesel is the more sensible option and that would be my recommendation to others, but for me, it simply works and does it rather well. Let's see what the new X3 will bring us next year, good luck BMW, you'll need it to beat this little baby.
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