Good engine Predictably well-designed interior Surprisingly able handling
WE DON’T LIKE
Murky steering Limited model range (for now) Overly long options list
Entry-level cars come on 18in alloys. This 19in wheel is standard fit on astested S line-spec models, while 20s are a £900 option and come with a slightly wider-section tyre.
S line models also get special front wing badging. Body surfacing here is more curvy than that of the old Q5, but it’s a shame the crease line and bonnet shutline weren’t made to line up.
Lower lateral air intakes get a more aggressive chromed look on S line cars than on others, and were a bit OTT for our testers’ liking. Little of either intake appears to channel air anywhere.
New, chunkier-looking hexagonal single-frame grille is symbolic of the extra masculinity with which Audi has tried to adorn the Q5.
Curvier rear haunch is one of the car’s more successful styling elements, distorting the Q5’s general geometric rigour to agreeable effect.
For now, all Q5s will be four-wheel drive quattros, although most versions use the part-time ‘quattro ultra’ clutchbased system instead of a centre diff.
Tail-lights are integrated into a wraparound hatchback that doesn’t quite create the extra-wide boot opening you might be hoping for.
S line bumper dressing swaps a diffuser-style look for chrome detailing that mimics exhaust shapes at either side. There are no pipes, of course.