Audi Q5 (2008 – 2017) Review

Audi Q5 (2008 – 2017) At A Glance


+Refined and practical. Impressive rear passenger space and decent boot. Good economy from 2.0 TDI. Chain cam 2.0 TFSI. Smooth long distance comfort.

-Optional extras can add tens of thousands.

Insurance Groups are between 21–42
On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure

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.

Audi Q5 2008 Range Road Test and Video

Audi SQ5 2013 Road Test

Real MPG average for a Audi Q5 (2008 – 2017)


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I need to replace my car as I live within the expanded ULEZ. Are there any new regulations coming up that should inform my decision?
"I commute around 40 miles each day from South London to Surrey on a mixture of roads. I have a 2009 Audi Q5 2.0-litre diesel auto. It has served me well and now has 120,000 miles on the odometer. Unfortunately, I live within the expanded ULEZ. So from October this year, I will need to pay the daily charge. I need to change my car to something similar. I don't want to find myself in the same position in a few years where I need to change a perfectly good car due to new regulations. Should I buy a petrol car, a hybrid or a full EV? My budget is similar to what the Audi cost, so around £40k. I don't mind buying a nearly new/used car. Are you aware of any new regulations that may be on the horizon that should inform my decision?"
Beyond the expanded ULEZ zone and the 2030 deadline for the sale of new petrol/diesel cars, we're not aware of any upcoming legislation changes. Any modern petrol, hybrid or even diesel car should be a safe purchase. Your choice comes down to personal preference, really, as any should be able to cope with an 80-mile round trip commute. Do you have off-road parking at home with access to electricity? If so, an electric car could work. £40,000 will get you a Volkswagen ID.3 with a range of up to 336 miles.
Answered by Andrew Brady
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.
Answered by Dan Powell
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.
Answered by Dan Powell
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).
Answered by Alan Ross
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