The Q5 is available in three levels of specification, even the most basic of which includes 17-inch alloys, ESP with hill descent control and six airbags as standard. The mid-level SE model tested here adds 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, leather upholstery and a 10-speaker stereo and takes the price towards that of a mid-price BMW X3, Land Rover Discovery Sport or Mercedes-Benz GLC and more expensive than a Volvo XC60 SE.
The Audi counters its price with a stronger equipment list, in particular the standard leather. It should also hold its value better than rivals and, after the BMW, has the best claimed emissions and economy ratings. Even so, running a tall, heavy SUV incurs extra costs; our 2.0 TDI achieved no better than 36.0mpg and averaged 28.6mpg, and all other Q5 models apart from the 141bhp versions of the TDI will be thirstier. Revised engines as part of the recent facelift should enhance these figures slightly.