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Audi Q5

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Audi Q5

(2017 - present)

    Summary


    The Audi Q5 is a mid-sized SUV, which sits between the smaller Q3 and larger Q7 in the Audi SUV family. The current model arrived in the UK in early 2017 and is the second generation of Q5. Size-wise, it is very similar to the Audi A4 Avant (estate).

    In summer 2021, the Q5 SUV and was joined by the Q5 Sportback, which is a ‘coupé SUV’. The Q5 Sportback offers slightly less rear headroom and boot space in return for a slightly sleeker, liftback-style tailgate.

    The Audi Q5 has generally received very good scores from the UK motoring media. As of May 2022, it has an Expert Rating of 72%, based on 41 different reviews for both the regular and Sportback versions. This score is similar to rivals like the BMW X3 but a few points behind the Volvo XC60 and its closely-related cousin, the Porsche Macan.

    An updated model arrived in the UK in the second half of 2020, with minor visual difference and trim updates.

    The Q5 has received particular praise for its engineering, refinement and interior quality. However, it is not considered the best car to drive in this class and many useful features are only available as expensive options.

    In a 2020 What Car? survey of the most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the Audi Q5 ranked equal 49th.

    Key specifications


    Body style: Medium SUV and Coupé SUV
    Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
    Price: From £46,650 on-road

    Launched: Spring 2017
    Last updated: Spring 2021
    Replacement due: TBA


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    Safety rating


    Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

    Overall score: 5 stars
    Date tested: March 2017
    Read the full Euro NCAP review

    Adult protection: 93%
    Child protection: 86%
    Vulnerable road users: 73%
    Safety assist: 58%

    Eco rating


    No eco rating

    As of May 2022, the Audi Q5 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP.

    If the Q5 is put through the Green NCAP lab testing programme, we will publish the results here.

    Reliability rating

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    The Audi Q5 has a better-than-average reliability score, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partners at MotorEasy. This score covers both the current-generation Q5 and the original (pre-2017) version.

    Almost 60% of all reported problems with the Q5 relate to its electrical system, with an average repair bill of more than £700. The other area to look out for is the braking system, which accounts for a third of repair claims. Fortunately, the average bill for these was only about £350. Engine problems are (unsurprisingly) the most expensive, but fortunately they appear to be relatively rare. The petrol and diesel engines in the Q5 are all used in many other Audi and Volkswagen Group (VW, SEAT, Skoda) models, so they are well proven.

    If you’re looking at a used Audi Q5, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas.

    Awards


    Trophies, prizes and awards that the Audi Q5 has received

    2021

    • What Car? Awards – Best Large SUV Interior

    2020

    • What Car? Awards – Best Large SUV over £35K

    2019

    • Company Car Today CCT 100 Awards – Premium SUV of the Year

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    Audi Q5The Audi Q5 has generally received very good scores from the UK motoring media, with praise for its comfort and build quality.