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Good en­gine Pre­dictably well-de­signed in­te­rior Sur­pris­ingly able han­dling


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.

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