Flat track bully

Audi’s hit the sweet spot with its com­pact off-roader

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

(or a Q7) and the rear seats and cav­ernous cargo area show it isn’t too small to cope with a fully loaded week­end away.

Not for noth­ing is the four­ringed ve­hi­cle Aus­tralia’s topselling pres­tige soft-roader.

VALUE

The Q5 range starts at $62,200 for the 2.0-litre four-cylin­der turbo diesel, top­ping out at $75,500 for the V6 3.0 TDI Cars­guide tested.

Tick­ing the boxes to bring the base model to the same spec as the 3.0 will cost $6663 (18-inch al­loys $2065, key­less en­try $1338, three-zone air­con­di­tion­ing $1260, steer­ing wheel with pad­dle shifts $585, elec­tric driver’s seat $1415). Buy­ers are ef­fec­tively pay­ing about $6600 for the 3.0’s two ex­tra cylin­ders— and it’s worth ev­ery cent.

Per­for­mance ramps up from sedate to sen­sa­tional and the

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