Flat track bully
Audi’s hit the sweet spot with its compact off-roader
(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.
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