2017 Audi Q5 reviewed on video

The new Audi Q5 will go on sale early next year, and will take on premium SUV rivals from BMW, Mercedes and Jaguar. What's it like? We've been to Mexico to find out...

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8 Dec 2016 17:20 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 0:3

The UK's large SUV market is growing fast, and new entries like the Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes GLC - and facelifted competitors like the BMW X3 - have made it hard for Audi's Q5 to compete.

That's why there's a new version, which will go on sale in the UK early next year. Revealed at September's Paris motor show, this second-generation Q5 isn't too far removed in its design from the current car, but that's where the similarity ends. It's smarter inside and out, lighter to the tune of 90kg and is based on the same underpinnings as our 2016 Car of the Year, the Audi A4 saloon.

In terms of engines, buyers will have plenty to choose from, including a range-topping SQ5 model powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine with 325bhp. The 2.0-litre TDI we've driven already is likely to be the top choice for UK buyers, though, and we've been impressed by its refinement and punchy performance.

So, should the new Audi Q5 be at the top of your SUV shortlist? John Howell has been to Mexico to find out.

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