We love the 3.0 TDI 286. This V6 diesel has 282bhp and romps down the road with real energy, thanks as well to the smooth Tiptronic eight-speed auto’ gearbox. However, the 187bhp 2.0 TDI 190 diesel makes more sense financially. It’s not very quick, but there’s enough poke to breeze you up to motorway speeds with little stress. The 2.0 TFSI petrol engine is lively, but the diesels make more sense here. Both the 2.0-litre TDI and TFSI come with a slick, seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Audi Q5 ride & handling
All Q5s have a standard steel-spring setup dubbed ‘Comfort Dynamic’, but firmer sport setting or adaptive air springs are optional. We’ve only driven the Q5 on air, when it’s very comfy - one of the best riding cars in the class.
Compared to rivals such as the Jaguar F-Pace and BMW X3, however, the Q5 doesn’t change direction as sharply and the steering feels numb. Yet the Q5 does all that’s expected of it if you just want an undemanding drive. All models get active, quattro four-wheel drive.
Audi Q5 refinement
This is a wonderfully relaxing car on long journeys. Both tyre and wind noise are well suppressed, and all of the engines are refined. Even the four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are far quieter than those found in rivals. But for the ultimate example of smoothness, go for the V6 3.0-litre – it’s one of the quietest diesels on the market. Elsewhere, the progressive brakes and throttle response make the Q5 feel slick in stop-start traffic.