Bath Chronicle

Q up for this Audi

- Audi Q5 used Car Re­view by Peter Hay­ward Cars · Consumer Goods · Offroad · Audi · Audi Q5

THE Audi Q5 is a su­perb all rounder that will keep you go­ing when others floun­der in win­ter snow and ice. But de­spite all mod­els hav­ing four wheel drive (4WD), it’s not re­ally an off-roader – more a high es­tate and load lug­ger for the road.

It’s much less in­tim­i­dat­ing than the huge Q7, which of­ten seems too big for smaller coun­try roads and city streets in this coun­try, and the high driv­ing po­si­tion gives an ex­cel­lent view all round.

There’s loads of space for a fam­ily in­side, with plenty of legroom both back and front, and a very good-sized boot.

The styling ticks all the right boxes for me and I’ve en­joyed driv­ing a num­ber of them over the years – both petrol and diesel.

The ma­jor­ity sold in this coun­try have been diesels of course, but that seems to be chang­ing with gov­ern­ments around the world try­ing to im­prove air pol­lu­tion by ban­ning diesels from city cen­tres.

Of course, as far as the lat­est diesels are con­cerned, that’s a fal­lacy, as they are still less pol­lut­ing than equiv­a­lent petrol-pow­ered ver­sions.

But as is of­ten the case, the blink­ered view of our politi­cians doesn’t change with the times.

For this re­view, I’ll con­cen­trate on the Q5 built be­tween 2008 and 2016, which to my eye is bet­ter look­ing than the present one.

As with all Q5s, they are very car-like to drive, with ex­cel­lent han­dling and road-hold­ing.

Diesel en­gines range up from a 143bhp 2.0-litre to a 3.0-litre V6 with no less than 254bhp and petrols avail­able go from a 2.0-litre with 180bhp to a 3.0-litre with 268bhp.

All of the larger en­gines come with either a CVT or a tip­tronic au­to­matic gear­box, while the smaller en­gines have either a six-speed man­ual or a CVT.

The low­est-pow­ered 143bhp diesel doesn’t of­fer par­tic­u­larly good per­for­mance in such a heavy ve­hi­cle. It gets to 60 miles an hour in 11 sec­onds and should do 40 miles per gal­lon. The same en­gine is also avail­able with 167bhp and it does the sprint in 9.5 sec­onds and still man­ages about 40mpg.

Later ver­sions of the 2.0-litre have 150 or 190bhp and are no­tice­ably quicker, with econ­omy closer to 50mpg. The 3.0-litre V6 TDI has an ex­cel­lent 258bhp and reaches 60mph in just over six sec­onds while man­ag­ing 42mpg.

Petrol mod­els start with a 2.0-litre turbo that has 180bhp and is ca­pa­ble of 30mpg. It reaches 60mph from a stand­still in 8.2 sec­onds. A more pow­er­ful ver­sion of the same en­gine has 230bhp and is sig­nif­i­cantly quicker. Top petrol per­form­ers are the 3.2 V6 and the 3.0 TFSI. Both have around 267bhp and cover the 60mph sprint in 6.7 sec­onds, with a best of 33 miles per gal­lon.

The Q5 shares its chas­sis with the con­tem­po­rary A4, so it has ex­cel­lent road man­ners and is very, very safe. There’s very lit­tle roll in the cor­ners and the VW group steer­ing has long been one of the best on the mar­ket.

Com­fort is also very good, de­spite the sus­pen­sion set up for a sport­ing drive. Stan­dard equip­ment in mid-range SE form brings trac­tion con­trol, heated mir­rors, alarm, park­ing sen­sors, leather trim, au­dio re­mote con­trol and al­loys.

Most se­cond­hand ones will have been fit­ted with ad­di­tions from the very ex­pen­sive Audi ex­tras list, like cruise con­trol and heated sports seats. Bear in mind that larger al­loy wheels and lower pro­file tyres might look bet­ter, but they don’t im­prove the han­dling and com­fort can be badly af­fected.

Pay about £15,600 for a ’15 15-reg 2.0 TDI 150bhp SE auto, or £19,100 for a ’16 16-reg 3.0 TDI S-line auto.

 ??  ?? You can’t re­ally go wrong with an Audi Q5
You can’t re­ally go wrong with an Audi Q5
 ??  ??

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK