What's the used Audi Q5 4x4 like?
It’s hard to believe there was ever a time when Audi didn't have an SUV in the range. Now, you can find one in all sizes from the small Q2 to the gargantuan Q7 and Q8. However, it's the Q5 that has proved to be one of the brand's best-selling models, meaning there are plenty of used ones to choose from.
The first-generation car was immensely popular, and ran from 2008 to 2017. This is the second-generation model, launched in 2017.
For a relatively small engine, the 2.0-litre petrol (renamed 45 TFSI in 2019) is pretty pokey thanks to a healthy 249bhp. The 187bhp 2.0 TDI (later 40 TDI) diesel, meanwhile, is flexible enough to deliver strong real-world pace. Both engines come with a standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which changes smoothly through the gears once up to speed but can be a little jerky when parking.
The 3.0 TDI is a tremendous engine and, with 282bhp, is effortless in normal, everyday driving. That’s down to the enormous shove it generates from low revs, coupled with the responsive eight-speed automatic gearbox. There is also the high-performance SQ5, which initially came with a 349bhp 3.0-litre petrol before being replaced with a 342bhp 3.0-litre diesel in 2019. That year also saw the introduction of a plug-in hybrid that had a 14.1kWh battery and a combined power output of 362bhp from an electric motor and a 2.0-litre petrol engine.
SE is the entry-level trim and comes with an electric tailgate, three-zone climate control, leather seats, xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors 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. Move up to Sport trim for some exterior styling upgrades but, more importantly, sat-nav and more supportive sports seats that include four-way electric lumbar adjustment.
S line adds larger, 19in alloy wheels, more aggressive bumper styling and privacy glass. You also get powerful LED headlights and part-leather, part-Alcantara seat trim. A Black Edition came a short while after, but this is mostly an exterior styling pack with (you guessed it) black detailing.
After the facelift at the end of 2019, Sport became the new entry-level trim but got extra goodies such as LED headlights, a reversing camera and Audi's Virtual Cockpit as standard. S line got a more advanced LED Matrix headlights that can dim for oncoming traffic. The Black Edition became Edition 1 and gained 20in alloys and Nappa leather seats with full electric adjustment in the front, while the new top model became Vorsprung with 21in wheels and air suspension. Vorsprung also got the full complement of safety tech such as blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-keeping assistance.
On the road, all of the engine options offer impressive refinement, even under full acceleration. On its standard suspension option, the Q5 rides well, but with the optional air suspension it’s superb, probably the best in the class. Added to that, its handling is safe and secure, although it stops short of offering the driver truly great involvement.
Inside, the driving position is multi-adjustable, there’s plenty of space for passengers both front and back, the boot is big and the interior is beautifully made with a good choice of rich materials. It also features Audi’s excellent dial-controlled infotainment system, again one of the best in the class.
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