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Used test: Audi Q5 vs Porsche Macan vs Volvo XC60 verdict

These prestige SUVs all look great value at five years old, but which of them should you actually buy?...

New Volvo XC60 vs Audi Q5 vs Porsche Macan

Our verdict 

The Porsche Macan lives up to its badge. It's the quickest and most fun car here to drive, not to mention the ride is impressively refined and the interior of a good quality. If you value you the joy of driving, you could consider stomaching its added buying and running costs. However, the difference in cost among its two rivals remains substantial, and its limited practicality isn't doing it many favours, either. 

As such, it's pushed back to third, behind the much more spacious Volvo XC60. It's the better all-rounder than the Macan, although the incredibly refined Audi Q5 is even better. From its good interior quality to its pleasant driving manners, this is a large SUV that impresses in most areas, with few notable faults. It takes the win. 

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1st – Audi Q5

Audi Q5 2017 front studio

For Quietest engine; nimble handling; superb interior quality; best infotainment; flexible rear seats; biggest boot
Against Sport suspension makes for a slightly lumpy ride; road noise

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Volvo XC60

Volvo XC60 2017 front studio

For Comfiest driving position; smoothest motorway ride on air suspension; smart, well-made interior; most rear leg room
Against Sloppy handling and mixed ride on air suspension; clunky infotainment

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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3rd – Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan 2017 front studio

For Rapid pace; superb handling for an SUV; decent ride on air suspension; fine build quality
Against Most expensive to buy; least rear seat space; smallest boot; poor level of safety equipment

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Audi Q5 2.0 TDI 190 quattro S line

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 188bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 7.9sec
Top speed 135mph
Fuel economy 55.4mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 133g/km

Specifications: Porsche Macan 3.0 S Diesel

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
Power 255bhp
Torque 428lb ft
0-60mph 5.9sec
Top speed 142mph
Fuel economy 46.3mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 159g/km

Specifications: Volvo XC60 2.0 D4 R-Design AWD

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
Power 188bhp
Torque 295lb ft
0-60mph 8.5sec
Top speed 127mph
Fuel economy 54.3mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 136g/km