Being a premium-badged SUV, the Q5 isn’t exactly cheap to buy, but it’s priced competitively against its nearest rivals. And it'll be worth more than almost all of its peers when you decide to sell on in the future. That slow depreciation also makes the Q5 surprisingly affordable if you're buying on PCP finance.
If you're a company car user, the 2.0 TDI 190’s relatively low CO2 emissions keep company car tax bills competitive, although the rival Mercedes GLC is even more efficient. The 3.0 TDI 286 obviously isn't as cheap to run, although it isn't terribly costly compared to rivals with similar performance.
We haven't yet had a chance to put any versions of the Q5 through our real-world True MPG fuel economy tests.
Audi Q5 equipment
Standard equipment is pretty generous across the range. Starting with entry-level SE trim, you get an electrically powered tailgate, three-zone climate control, leather seats, xenon headlights and heated front seats.
For a small premium you can move up to our recommended Sport trim. This adds some sporty styling upgrades, inside and out, but, more importantly, sat-nav. You also get more supportive Sports seats that include four-way electric lumbar adjustment.
Finally, there’s S line trim. This takes the sporty look up a notch, with larger 19in alloy wheels, more aggressive bumper styling and privacy glass. You also get powerful LED headlights and part leather, part Alcantara seat trim. Yet for us, the price jump over Sport is too much for the extras you get.
Audi Q5 reliability
The current Q5 is too new to ascertain its overall reliability, but the previous Q5 finished in the top third of our most recent ownership satisfaction survey, and in the top half of the SUV category. It was very near the bottom of the pile for overall reliability, however, so we hope for some improvement there. As a brand, Audi also performed poorly, residing near the bottom of the list.
Warranty cover for the Q5 is for three years or 60,000 miles; extended warranties of up to five years or 90,000 miles are available.
Audi Q5 safety & security
The Q5 has been awarded a five-star (our of five) safety rating by Euro NCAP, although the rival Mercedes GLC achieved slightly higher marks for protecting adults, children and pedestrians in an accident. Every Q5 gets six airbags as standard (you can add two more rear side 'bags for a small charge) as well as automatic emergency braking (AEB). At speeds of up to 52mph, AEB warns you if you’re about to hit a pedestrian or the car in front, jamming on the brakes if you don’t respond in time.
An optional Driver Assist pack includes Turn Assist (which stops the Q5 if you fail to spot a car when pulling out of a T-junction), traffic sign recognition to keep you up to date with the speed limit, and adaptive cruise control to maintain a set distance from the car in front.
Additional safety features come with the optional Parking Assist Pack Advanced. These are a pre-sense system that tightens the seatbelts and shuts the windows if the car thinks you are about to have an accident, blind spot monitoring and Cross-Traffic Assist. The latter looks of for hazards at the rear when reversing, stopping the car if it thinks you haven't seen something.
All Q5s come with a full Thatcham-approved remote-operated alarm and immobiliser as standard.
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This entry-level trim comes with a powered tailgate, three-zone climate control, leather seats, xenon headlights and heated front seats. Infotainment wise, you get Bluetooth and a DAB radio, plus smartphone mirroring that lets you use your phone’s sat-nav through the 7.0in screen – handy, because sat-nav isn’t standard.
Our pick Sport
For a small premium over SE, you can move up to our favourite Sport trim. This adds some sporty styling upgrades inside and out but, more importantly, sat-nav. You also get more comfortable sports seats that include four-way electric lumbar adjustment.
This is the range-topping trim. It takes the sporty look up a notch with larger 19in alloy wheels, more aggressive bumper styling and privacy glass. You also get powerful LED headlights and part leather, part Alcantara seat trim. For us, though, the price jump over Sport is too much for the benefits you get.