What is it?

This is the latest example of the Audi Q5, equipped with a new 2.0 litre TFSI engine coupled to Audi’s eight-speed automatic Tiptronic gearbox. It tips the scale price-wise at £35,985, which is considerably more than many of the diesel versions. 

The Q5 is part of the new generation of soft-roaders hitting the UK's roads. Capable of tackling country roads, motorways and fields all in the same sitting, these vehicles need to be versatile and sturdy while still offering good economy and value for money.

In S-line spec the Q5 benefits from 19-inch wheels, Xenon headlights with DRL functionality, and plenty of colour-coded interior stitching. The subtle sports bodykit also helps give the Q5 extra presence on the road compared to the somewhat bland-looking standard car.

What is it like?

The things we like about the old Q5 remain: its steering is light and direct with plenty of feel and the car seems well planted on most surfaces with little body roll, while the cabin is spacious and well equipped. Audi’s MMI driver interface system (a £1525 option) would benefit from a touchscreen, but with practice most drivers will soon become accustomed to its uses. 

Unfortunately the same things we disliked about the old model are still here, too. The ride is still far too firm, especially in an urban setting, and if the road surface is anything but smooth you’ll be the first to find out.

The 2.0 TFSI powerplant copes well in most situations, although we couldn’t help but feel that, at low speeds especially, we would have benefitted from the immediate torque of a diesel engine. The eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox does a decent job of matching power and economy, although sometimes its keenness to shift up to higher gears means you miss out on the meatier delivery of the engine. There's a manual shift option, too, but we found the Q5 to be slow to respond when using it.

Audi says the Q5 can achieve 29.4mpg on the official urban cycle and and 35.8mpg combined. To achieve that you’ll be needing some hyper-miling motoring techniques, as even with our greenest intentions in mind we couldn’t get above 27mpg on our urban route.

Should I buy one?

The Q5 is nicely packaged on most fronts. The cabin is genuinely a nice place to be and on long journeys especially passengers will benefit from the extra space. It’s quiet, too, with little or no road noise intruding into the cabin, even at higher speeds.

Unfortunately, the argument for a petrol Q5 just doesn’t stand up next to its diesel counterparts. The engine is good enough, but we actively missed the low-range torque of a diesel unit. Add that to the real-world economy figures we collected and the conclusion is simple: the diesel Q5 is a better machine.

For company car drivers the case for a diesel is even stronger, scoring lower taxes in almost every category next to the petrol.

As a whole the Q5 is still one of the best soft-roaders on the market. Rivals such as BMW’s X3 and Volvo’s XC60 are equally good at tackling a variety of situations on the road but each has its own set of failings, too – noise in the case of the X3, and disappointing economy in the XC60. 

The Audi Q5 might not be perfect, but it’s a good all-rounder – and it would be a better one with a diesel engine.

Darren Moss

Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Quattro S line Tiptronic

Price £35,985; 0-62mph 7.1sec; Top speed 138mph; Economy 35.8mpg; CO2 184g/km; Kerb weight 1755kg; Engine 4 cyls, 1984cc, petrol; Power 222bhp at 4500-6200rpm; Torque 258lb ft at 1500-4500rpm; Gearbox 8-spd automatic

 

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Blinkered report

1 year 35 weeks ago

Darren

You are obviously a city dweller - because you failed to determine the conditions and driver preferences where the TFSi version might score better than the many diesel versions.

For my taste & more importantly for the prime requirementjs for my vehicles, a diesel vehicle is more fit for purpose - an equal mix of urban and off road. Under such conditions the strong torque of the diesel version is unquestionably the better choice, economy comes second.

BUT

If the prime use is for long intercontinental journeys, with a lesser 4x4 necessity (beyond Quattro / 4matic or Xdrive capability), the petrol version might well be the more efficient high speed cruiser.

An example - My 3 litre 5 series handles non stop intercontinental journeys across Europe (2400kms) at a consumption of 8l/100km, 10% better than my urban / off roader)

My city and off road transport (Honda CRV) has a 2.2 diesel engine with more grunt than the BMW around town, as well as 40% better urban fuel consumption.

So its a matter of Horses for Courses - and yes I do live in Romania!

 

Malo Mori Quam Foedari

Are the ride comments really valed?

1 year 35 weeks ago

Every time I see a report on the Q5 it criticises the ride, which is fair enough. However, I notice that it is always an S Line model that is tested (probably makes for prettier pictures). Wouldn't a standard SE model on smaller wheels ride a lot better?

Low profile tyres have no place on any SUV

1 year 35 weeks ago

SUVs always ride poorly on low profile tyres.  It is only the uneducated who would buy the S-Line versions of Q5 /Q7 /Q3.

Malo Mori Quam Foedari

Petrol vs diesel

1 year 35 weeks ago

This petrol unit is fast and as a soft-roader should do well in the US where they pay for gallon what we pay for a litre in UK. Well almost!

To add insult to injury cars there are cheaper too. Living in the UK has become such an expensive privilege. Can't fix the potholes though.

New Audi...

1 year 32 weeks ago

Well Audi is always known for its car.  And now it is the turn of Audi Q5. These car manufacturers have allowed the users to have a test drive of this car in order to get successful reviews for this car. This car has got TFSI Quattro S-line engine. It has also got automatic gear control, also has a smooth steering. This car has all the features which is required by any automobile.

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Audi Q5

1 year 16 weeks ago

I love every model of Audi car. These are really very nice and the designing of Audi cars are simply extra-ordinary. The Audi Q5 in the above picture looking awesome. Audi Q5 is very attractive and an efficient car. It is one of the popular Audi model and mostly people love this model. I have gone through the above features of Audi Q5 and i must say, it is really very nice. Audi Repair Chino Hills

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27 weeks 5 days ago
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Our Verdict

The Audi Q5 – the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer's rival to the Land Rover Freelander – may not be perfect, but it is a well rounded road-biased off-roader

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