Audi Q5 Review 2023
Audi Q5 At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 22–45
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure
Easy to drive, spacious and comfortable, the Audi Q5 is an accomplished large SUV. Admittedly, the latest BMW X3 is more rewarding to drive and the Lexus NX better for comfort on a long journey, but if you are in the market for a big and upmarket SUV the Q5 is unlikely to disappoint.
The original Audi Q5 ruled the roost when it came to luxury SUVs. They were - and still are - everywhere. It managed to make even the Mercedes-Benz GLC look like a rare breed. Exclusive it may not have been, but there was a reason so many people bought one - it was one of the best SUVs going. Plus, of course, it had an Audi badge on the bonnet. Which never does any harm.
Things have changed since that first model arrived though and the Q5 now sits in a very crowded room. A room full of posh SUVs. So what has Audi done to make this one stand out?
Well, it's not exactly knocked itself out when it comes to styling. This Q5 is best described as a 'gentle evolution' of the original. It looks - and feels - a lot like an Audi A4, only taller. Which is a good thing in our opinion.
It is a smidgen bigger than before, which means more head and legroom, plus the boot is larger and all models come with an electric tailgate. We told you it was posh.
What Audi has done is improved every aspect of the original Q5. The ride quality is better, there's less engine and road noise on the move plus the interior is a big step up in terms of design with a more upmarket feel. There are plenty of modern touches too, including Audi's impressive virtual cockpit, which replaces the standard dials with a high-resolution screen.
The usual Audi engine suspects are available with the 2.0 TDI and 2.0 TFSI available from launch. As you'd expect, the TDI diesel will prove very popular, thanks to claimed economy of 45mpg. But for performance - and if you don't cover big mileages - the TFSI makes more sense and is the far smoother and more enjoyable engine to drive.
While the Q5 may not be particularly exciting - to look at or to drive - it nonetheless does everything incredibly well. In fact, it's hard to find any faults with a car that feels so well put together and is so comfortable and relaxing to drive. It's also very practical and an ideal family motor. If you want a comfortable and high-quality SUV, look no further.
Looking for a second opinon? Why not read heycar's Audi Q5 review.