2019 Audi Q5 Vorsprung review - verdict

We test the new Audi Q5 Vorsprung, the ultimate version of one of our favourite family SUVs,. Is it worth the extra outlay?...

Audi Q5 Vorsprung Cornering Crest

2019 Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro Vorsprung - verdict

It’s hard not to like the Q5 Vorsprung. After all, life is just that bit more enjoyable with every option box ticked. The 360deg camera helps you avoid kerbing those massive 21in wheels in tricky parking spaces, the brilliant audio system cocoons you in a wall of sound on your daily commute and all that safety kit should appeal to everyone. But there’s a problem, and it comes in the shape of the Q5 Sport. Yes, the entry-level model.

Put simply, the Sport is all the Q5 you’d ever need. It’s no less powerful than the Vorsprung, rides better on its smaller 18in wheels and still comes very well equipped, with tri-zone climate control, part-leather seats (heated in the front) and cruise control. And although you can’t have the garish kick-plates or Grey Oak interior trim, the important bits, such as the Technology Pack and Safety Pack, are reasonably priced options.

Of course, there will be those who simply want the cachet that comes with owning a Vorsprung, and we can understand that. But you have to remember that we’re talking about the mid-sized Audi SUV, and no matter how much kit you throw at it, it’s never going to look or feel as special as the Q7, Macan S or Range Rover Velar. Which, in truth, makes us wonder why it exists at all. 

What Car? rating: 4 out of 5

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2019 Audi Q5 40 TDI quattro Vorsprung 

Price £57,525 Engine 4cyl, 1968cc, turbocharged, diesel Power 187bhp at 3800-4200rpm Torque 295lb ft at 1750-3000rpm Gearbox 7-spd dual-clutch automatic 0-62mph 7.9sec Top speed 135mph Official economy 50.4mpg CO2, tax band 149g/km, 34%

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