The SQ5 comes into its niche as one of the better-priced and more economical options, and its availability with a petrol engine will do its ownership prospects no end of good, given the bad press that diesel is currently suffering.

As a fleet owner, you’ll need to keep the car on its standard 20in rims in order to avoid paying anything other than the maximum 37 percent benefit-in-kind tax, but given that few rivals allow any route to avoid this, we might consider it a selling point.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

Road tester
SQ5 fares well initially but can’t match a like-for-like Macan for value retention after two years or 24,000 miles

And if the fuel you put into the car’s tank comes out of your own pocket, you’ll likely be moderately impressed to hear that we recorded just under 33mpg from the car on our touring economy test, which is a considerably better than most owners of similarly powerful petrol SUVs will be getting.

Residual values on the car are forecast to be good, and Audi’s standard equipment list includes LED headlights with automatic high beam, privacy glass, heated nappa leather and an MMI Navigation Plus infotainment system.

A car equipped to hold its value best would probably include close to £10,000 worth of options on top of the standard kit, but that’ll get you air suspension, a locking rear differential, Virtual Cockpit instruments, a head-up display, premium audio, adaptive cruise control, 21in wheels, a five-year warranty and more.

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