What's the used Audi Q5 like?
As evidence of just how important SUVs have become to premium car makers’ balance sheets, consider this: Audi’s best-selling car worldwide is not the A3 hatchback or even the A4 saloon, but the Q5.
This mid-sized SUV arrived in dealerships in 2008, since when more than 1.6 million have been sold. It went bumper-to-bumper with the BMW X3, Volvo XC60 and Land Rover Freelander, and makes do with five seats rather than the seven of Audi's larger Q7.
The Q5's seats are accommodating, particularly if you find a car that with the optional sliding rear bench; this allows you to trade up to 10cm of boot space for more rear leg room. Head room in the rear is also ample for two tall adults, although a middle-seat passenger will need to straddle a large transmission tunnel in the floor, which eats into their leg room.
The Q5's boot is bigger than the Volvo XC60's but slightly smaller than the BMW X3’s, and as you’d expect of a car of this type, it has a flat loading lip and some useful underfloor storage. You can also fold the rear seats down if you need to carry larger items.
Up front, there are plenty of cubbyholes for odds and ends, and for the ultimate in luxury you might even find a Q5 that was specified with heated cupholders.
To drive, the Q5 follows Audi’s well-trodden path of being quiet but with a rather firm ride, particularly if you choose an S line model with large alloy wheels. One positive outcome from this is the handling, which is impressively sharp for a large SUV, while standard four-wheel drive means you’ll be able to tackle the worst of the winter weather with ease.
An engine range spanning petrol, diesel and four to six cylinders adds to the Q5’s draw and ensures prices have remained robust, along with the enduring appeal of Audi’s interior fit and finish.
A mid-life facelift in 2012 resulted in increased power outputs as well as stop-start becoming standard-fit, thus reducing running costs.