It might have surprised some people but probably came as no shock to Audi that the old Q5 became the best-selling SUV in most markets in which it was sold.

This type of car – a modicum of rough-track ability, a classy cabin, an unimpeachable image – is precisely the kind to which the brand and its line-up is suited.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Chief tester
Like the old Q5, but with additional class, dynamism and polish

The new one, then, it’s no surprise to find, picks up where the old Q5 left off, at least in terms of refinement, premium feel and pricing/equipment.

It also offers precisely the same absence of surprise, flair and spark that some enthusiasts might hope for, because clearly what works, works, and Audi knows best.

So this Q5 offers more of the same, but with a lighter platform that gives it an enhanced sense of dynamism.

There’s the same interior quality perception, the same quietness, the same excellent ergonomics and the same package that wraps it all up appealingly.

And there’s the same disinterest in making the most of the Q5’s dynamic potential, so it remains capable but uninvolving to drive. Plus ça change.

But with all things considered the Audi Q5 tops our top five mid-sized SUVs, with it gaining a slight edge over the Mercedes-Benz GLC, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace and the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

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