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Used test: Audi SQ5 vs Range Rover Evoque vs Porsche Macan verdict

The Porsche Macan is a great sports SUV, but is a used diesel S a better buy than the popular Range Rover Evoque or more powerful Audi SQ5?...

Used test: Audi SQ5 vs Range Rover Evoque vs Porsche Macan

Our Verdict

The Range Rover Evoque is a luxurious bargain, but it comes with a catch – a few of them, actually. It's the slowest car here, the least comfortable and the noisiest on the road, plus reliability is a concern. The Audi SQ5 isn't looking any better in the reliability department, although its merits in performance and practicality earn it second place. 

So, first, we have the Porsche Macan. It had the difficult task of justifying a significant premium over its competitors, but the Macan has done exactly that, mainly because it's the best car here to drive – refinement, ride and handling are a clear step above its rivals. It also has the classiest interior and the greatest real-world fuel economy figure. Add in the best resale values going forward and we think it's worth the extra. 

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1st – Porsche Macan

2014 Porsche Macan tail

For Sublime ride and handling balance; high-end interior; engine refinement; strong reliability record
Against Expensive to buy; average equipment and rear leg room

Audi SQ5 rear

For Spacious cabin; stonking performance; lots of kit
Against Overly light steering; not as nimble as the Macan; reliability poor

What Car? says four stars out of five

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3rd – Range Rover Evoque

7 reasons to buy a Range Rover Evoque

For Comparably cheap to buy; loaded with equipment
So-so performance; lazy gearbox; small boot

What Car? says three stars out of five

Read our full used Range Rover Evoque 2011-2019 review >>

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Specifications: Audi SQ5 3.0 BiTDI quattro auto

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
Power 309bhp @ 3900-4500rpm
Torque 479lb ft @ 1450-2800rpm
0-60mph 5.1sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 41.5mpg (Official NEDC combined)
CO2 emissions 179g/km

Specifications: Range Rover Evoque 2.2 SD4 Dynamic auto

Engine size 2.2-litre diesel
Power 188bhp @ 3500rpm
Torque 309lb ft @ 1750rpm
0-60mph 8.5sec
Top speed 121mph
Fuel economy 47.1mpg (Official NEDC combined)
CO2 emissions 159g/km

Specifications: Porsche Macan S 3.0 V6

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
Power 255bhp @ 4000-4250rpm
Torque 428lb ft @ 1750-2500rpm
0-60mph 5.9sec
Top speed 142mph
Fuel economy 46.3mpg (Official NEDC combined)
CO2 emissions 159g/km