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

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

2014 Porsche Macan tail

Our Verdict

The Macan isn’t flawless; it’s the least roomy in the back and it will cost you the most to buy.

However, it’s easily the most refined car here, has the classiest interior and the way it blends comfort and agility – at least when equipped with optional air suspension – is genuinely groundbreaking in this class. In fact, it’s everything most SUV buyers will want and need.

The Audi SQ5 is a very tempting alternative. It’s the most practical of the three by a stretch, and its sports car-slaying pace is something to behold. It’s surprisingly good fun to drive in other respects, too – even though it’s not quite as nimble as its German sibling.

The Range Rover comes out of this test looking good value for money, but there’s a good reason for that. For all its charm, it has none of the vivaciousness displayed by its German rivals and its long-term reliability is significantly worse than either the Audi or Porsche.

It’s also the least comfortable of the three because of its choppy ride and, to compound matters, it’s also the noisiest. If you’ve fallen for the Rangie’s charms (and many people do), we’d strongly recommend saving several thousand pounds and opting for the better-riding Pure trim.

So, regardless of how achingly desirable the Evoque may be, and how shockingly fast the SQ5 is, if you’re looking for a posh and sporty used SUV, the Macan is most definitely the best of its breed.

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1st – Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan front

For Sublime ride and handling balance; high-end interior; engine refinement
Against Expensive to buy, average equipment and rear legroom
Verdict The benchmark in the SUV class. Great to live with and fantastic to drive
What Car? says five out of five

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2nd – Audi SQ5

2016 Audi SQ5 front

For Spacious cabin; stonking performance; lots of kit
Against Overly light steering; not as nimble as the Macan
Verdict More practical and faster than the Porsche, but not quite as brilliant to drive
What Car? says four out of five

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3rd – Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

Range Rover Evoque

For Comparably cheap to buy, loaded with equipment
So-so performance, lazy gearbox, small boot
Verdict Compelling to look at; let down by underwhelming dynamics and poor reliability
What Car? says three out of five

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Audi SQ5 3.0 BiTDI quattro auto

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
List price when new £44,715
Price today £20,343*
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

Range Rover Evoque 2.2 SD4 Dynamic auto

Engine size 2.2-litre diesel
List price when new £41,105
Price today £17,840*
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

Porsche Macan S 3.0 V6

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
List price when new £43,300
Price today £25,238*
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

*Price today is based on a 2014 model with average mileage and full service history according to the What Car? Valuation service, correct at time of writing

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