Audi Q5 (2017) Review

Audi Q5 (2017) At A Glance

5/5

+Even more refined and upmarket than original Q5. Lovely quality interior. Electric tailgate as standard. 2.0 litre petrol plug-in hybrid from May 2019.

-Unadventurous styling.

Insurance Groups are between 22–44
On average it achieves 83% of the official MPG figure

The original Audi Q5 ruled the roost when it came to posh SUVs. They were - and still are - everywhere. It managed to make even the BMW X3 look like a rare breed. Exclusive it may not have been, but there was a reason so many people bought one - it was a very good SUV. 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 one. 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 leg room, 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 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 more than 55mpg. But for performance - and if you don't cover big mileages - the TFSI makes more sense and is a far smoother and more enjoyable to drive engine.

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.  

The 2017 Audi Q5 is built at Audi's new plant in San Jose Chiapa, in Puebla state, Mexico which opened in September 2016 and where it is planned to build 150,000 a year. The cars have to cross land by train to the Eastern seaboard of Mexico, from whence it should be plain sailing to Europe, though significant delivery delays have been reported.

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Real MPG average for a Audi Q5 (2017)

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Average performance

83%

Real MPG

25–50 mpg

MPGs submitted

87

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What midsize, petrol SUV should I buy?
"I'm in quandary and require your help! I have a 2009 Lexus GS450h - which I love - but I want an update because the boot is ridiculously small. I feel the need for an SUV as I have had 4x4 in the past and liked the feeling of elevation with loads of space. I don’t really want the largest of the SUVs, but I'm hesitant to buy the smaller options as I was put off either by complaints on reliability (or gearbox in the Lexus) or lack of customer care (Jaguar). My thoughts turn to Audi Q5 or Mercedes GLA - say one to two years old. I don’t want diesel as my journeys are normally up to 50 miles. I want room for my golf clubs and clutter, and there are normally only two adults in the car. I would very much welcome your thoughts and recommendations as always."
First of all, we'd cross the Mercedes-Benz GLA off your shortlist. A new model arrived this year but its predecessor is quite small and, even when it was new, wasn't that great. The Audi Q5 is a better option, or a smaller Q3. We'd recommend looking at the Volvo XC60 – it's a really good mid-size SUV with a superb interior. There's a T8 plug-in hybrid model, too, which sounds like it could suit your needs well (provided you're able to charge a car at home). It's worth considering the Lexus NX, too – its CVT gearbox doesn't appeal to everyone, but it's a very dependable choice.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Can you suggest quieter tyres?
"I need to replace the Continental tyres on my Audi Q5. What would you recommend? I find the road noise is quite high with my current tyres, although that might be just the car."
Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance 2, Michelin Primacy 4, Continental ContiPremiumContact 5 and Dunlop Sport BluResponse would be the ones I'd look at. I recommend you look at all four on a tyre retail site, like Kwik-Fit, to compare prices and stats like noise levels. Noise can often be due to the tyre tread or the actual car, but a smaller set of wheels with bigger tyres can work to reduce noise levels in the cabin too.
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Which premium SUV do you recommend?
"I have had a succession of very nice estate cars over the years, but I have been persuaded by my wife that I should now be looking at an SUV. I accept that in my mid 60s, the extra height would make life easier. I think I've narrowed things down to a choice between a Range Rover Velar, Jaguar F-Pace or Audi Q5, but they all have their issues. The Velar is undoubtedly beautiful and I can get a big discount, but its reliability and build quality is a concern. The F-Pace also works for me with its slightly larger size over its peers and general all round appeal, but I know a facelift is due soon - hence the offers and reduced APR. The Q5 is probably the sensible choice and as with all Audis is beautifully made and kitted out - but it's not the most exciting, is it? Which would you recommend and is there an alternative that I've missed?I'll be looking to buy a petrol as my mileage no longer warrants a diesel."
I would probably go with the 2.0 TFSI Audi Q5. It has a fantastic cabin and is really good to drive. In my opinion, It's one of the best premium SUVs on sale right. Might also be worth considering the Lexus NX 300h hybrid that uses a 2.5-litre petrol engine alongside an electric motor.
Answered by Dan Powell
What's the advantage of buying a hybrid over a petrol?
"I want to buy an Audi Q5 petrol. We live in a rural area an do under 8000 miles a year. What would the advantage be to buy a hybrid? "
The Q5 is available as a plug-in hybrid. If you can charge a car at home, it can run for up to 26 miles under electric power alone. This is great if most of your journeys are within this range - it'll run around silently without using any fuel. Then you have the support of a petrol engine if required for a longer journey. If you rarely charge it or mainly cover longer journeys, there aren't many advantages to a plug-in hybrid over a standard petrol car.
Answered by Andrew Brady

What does a Audi Q5 (2017) cost?

Buy new from £37,263 (list price from £43,765)