Audi Q5 (2008 – 2017) At A Glance
The Audi Q5 is bigger than the Q3 and a smaller alternative to the full blown Audi Q7, but just because it's not as large, it doesn't mean the Audi Q5 isn't as practical. True, it doesn't have the seven seats of the Q7, but it does have a large and useful boot plus plenty of cabin space.
In terms of the competition, the Audi Q5 sits along the likes of the new BMW X3 and the Land Rover Freelander, but surprisingly there's little else of this size from premium manufacturers. The impressive X3 is perhaps its closest rival but the Freelander can't match the Q5 when it comes to handling, giving the Audi Q5 a real edge.
As you'd expect of any Audi, it's superbly refined and very well put together. You only have to sit behind the wheel and play with all the switches and buttons to get a feel for the quality. And this same feeling continues on the move. The Audi Q5 is incredibly quiet and smooth on the road, even with the smaller diesel and petrol engines, making it a good long distance car.
But what most impresses about the Q5 is it's car-like handling. In corners it feels like an Audi A4 with great body control, sharp steering and responsive brakes. It's certainly no ponderous 4x4. Of course, if you want something that's serious when it comes to rugged terrain, the Q5 probably isn't it, but as a family car, the Q5 is ideal.
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What might cause underfoot vibrations while driving?
"I have a 2012 3.0-litre diesel Audi Q5 and have noticed a strong vibration under my feet starting at 60mph. It stays, and arguably gets worse, the faster I go. It’s not really through the steering wheel so I discounted wheel bearings. Do you have you any ideas? Many thanks."
Could be an issue with one of the tyres. Or something more serious (and expensive) caused by a driveshaft problem.
Will the manufacturer contribute towards as a premature failure of a major part?
"My Audi Q5 TDI Quattro was bought new in December 2014. It has covered 75,000 miles and has been serviced regularly by Audi dealers. At a recent service, the garage said that a new drive shaft is required (I had asked them to investigate a noise from the rear of the vehicle which increased as the speed increased). The garage said they had never come across this before. Is this something which Audi are likely to contribute towards as a premature failure of a major part, or have I just been unlucky? If relevant, the car is not used off road, but is used to tow a general trailer (mostly to take rubbish to the tip). Journeys are mostly in excess of half an hour with several much longer trips. The car is UK bought but currently registered and serviced in France."
I wouldn't expect Audi to contribute towards the repair of a six-year-old car. However, I would expect the dealer to be able to tell you what has caused the driveshaft failure, otherwise you may face more expensive repair costs further down the road. It's possible the driveshaft has failed due to wear and tear, but I'd be concerned that it may be related to fault in the gearbox or the differential. If the dealer cannot diagnose it, try an independent Audi specialist.
What engine oil should I use in my Audi?
"What engine oil should I use in my 2012 Audi Q5 3.0 TDI?"
Your owner's handbook should have this type of information. The spec for your car is 5W/30 low ash VW 507.00.
Mobil 1 ESP is a recommended oil but you could also look for alternatives with the same spec such as Castrol Edge Titanium and Shell Helix HX8. The capacity is 6.9 litres (with filter change).
I am looking for a quiet and comfortable used car for about £10,000 - what do you suggest?
"I am looking for a quiet and comfortable used car for about £10,000. I want petrol car and will consider hybrids/ EVs - although doubt I can afford a good one. Economy is not of real importance, but, that said, I don't want high emissions resulting in higher tax and, in my area, a slightly more expensive parking permit. I am out of the country on and off for a total of six months.
I would like something with a bit of luxury. I'm especially keen on attractive interiors. I want a car that allows me to listen to music that doesn't need a high volume (distracting and distortion of sound), so a quiet car. I want one that rides smoothly. It needs to be a decent cruiser on motorways and comfortable on long runs. I would prefer an SUV for ease of access, although not critical."
We'd take a look at an Audi Q5. Your budget will get you a 2010 model with the 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine. It's got an excellent interior and is a very comfortable motorway cruiser. Being an older, premium model, it might have slightly higher running costs than a newer mainstream car but, on the flip side, you'll be getting a classy SUV on a limited budget. If this concerns you, consider a Honda CR-V - it's reliable and your budget will get a newer example, but its interior isn't as upmarket. I'd also consider a Skoda Superb. It's not an SUV but it's a lovely long-distance cruiser that represents excellent value for money on the second-hand market. Finding a petrol might be difficult, though - most are diesels.