New Vauxhall Grandland X vs used Audi Q5: which is best?
Is a high-spec new Vauxhall Grandland X better value than a lightly used premium Audi Q5 for similar money? Read our test to find out...
New Vauxhall Grandland X vs used Audi Q5 – alternatives
Family SUVs are a popular part of the new car market and there are rich pickings to choose from. Considering that the Grandland X isn’t the sportiest car of its type, you might be interested in the Skoda Karoq, which is equally strait-laced, but has a much easier-to-use infotainment system and is nicer to drive. A similarly specced 2.0 TDI 4x4 SE L DSG will cost you more at £31,645, but it does come with more equipment to compensate.
It’s harder to come up with a credible alternative to the Q5 because it is pretty much the best large SUV you can buy new or used. However, the Volvo XC60 might be quite tempting if you’re interested in a smart interior and relaxed driving manners. There’ll be no trouble finding a good used example for our budget of £30,000 that has an equally powerful D4 engine, and comes in sporty-looking R Design trim.
New Vauxhall Grandland X vs used Audi Q5 – which is best?
Unless you really are against the idea buying a used car, there isn’t an awful lot that the Vauxhall Grandland X does that the Audi Q5 can’t do better. We’d understand if you couldn’t stomach the thought of a £465 yearly road tax bill of the Q5 compared with the £145 of the Grandland X, but it’s quite likely that the depreciation of the Vauxhall (44% retained value after three years) will outweigh the higher running costs Audi (52% over the same period).
So in the end, shopping for a mainstream-brand new SUV doesn’t work out to be quite as good value as buying a premium one that’s just a year older, which might come as quite a shock to those who usually shop from the value aisle of their local supermarket.
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