The Q5 is a decent car on a handling course — either on Millbrook’s Hill Route or on its flatter — and faster — outer handling circuit, both of which are B-road replicants.
The Audi’s body control is strong, and it’s only the Q5’s numb, remote steering that stops it from being a surprisingly entertaining car to drive — at least for an SUV of this size and height.
It’s interesting to note the differences in handling balance between it and a Mercedes-benz GLC, mind. The Mercedes feels more naturally rear-led and sweetly balanced; applying more power in the Audi just gives you a blunter driving experience.
Over big crests and dips the Q5 generally only has one big body movement, however, and then it’s settled. There’s no wallow, either, but likewise there’s little harshness over large undulations.