Audi Q5 long-term test: report 3

This second-generation Audi Q5 has long been a favourite in the large SUV class, but has a recent facelift made it even better? We're living with one to find out...

Audi Q5 heated seats button

The car Audi Q5 45 TFSI quattro 265 S line S tronic Run by Darren Moss, deputy editor

Why it’s here We already think the Audi Q5 is one of the best large SUVs you can buy, but is this facelifted version a step forwards or a leap back?

Needs to Be comfortable for both short and long journeys, spacious and able to function as a mobile office when needed

Mileage 1526 List price £46,500 Target Price £43,498 Price as tested £52,800 Test economy 31.6mpg Official economy 32.8mpg

17 February 2021 – Baby, it's cold outside

Like most people, my time behind the wheel is mostly limited to short, urban journeys right now. But, thankfully, the Audi Q5 comes with heated front seats that work very quickly, so even though it takes a few minutes for the heater to start dispensing warm air, I’m not cold while I wait.

Darren next to Audi Q5 seats

There’s also a big difference in the three settings on offer, so I can choose to be either gently baked or fiercely toasted depending on how cold I feel. It’s amazing how often you get into a modern car and find all three settings are pretty much the same.

You might be thinking, “why not go the whole hog and get a heated steering wheel, too?” but, dear reader, S-line versions of the Q5 don’t have the option of one. In fact, it only becomes standard-fit on range-topping Vorsprung models. Better to save a bundle by sticking with S-line trim and wearing gloves, I think.

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