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Auto Car (UK) - - ROAD TEST -

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.

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