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.
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, as well as Audi catering for all needs and desires.
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 mid-sized SUV shortlist, with it gaining a slight edge over the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Jaguar F-Pace and Land Rover Discovery Sport. It might not have the dynamics to rival the BMW X3, but more than makes up for it in general comfort, cabin isolation and overall interior quality.