Audi Q5 (2009-2016)

A 4x4 SUV for the whole family

This is the average score given by leading car publications from 21 reviews
  • Great to drive
  • Spacious, classy interior
  • Typical Audi build quality
  • Not great off-road
  • Styling isn’t very bold
  • Some pricey options

£37,520 - £41,245 Price range


5 Seats


47 - 48 MPG


The Audi Q5 is a mid-sized premium SUV that offers superb interior build quality. Its main rivals are the BMW X3, Mercedes GLC and the Volvo XC60.

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As with any other Audi, the Q5’s interior is very high quality. It is also surprisingly spacious, there is plenty of room for passengers and the boot is bigger than in most rivals.

Despite being a high riding SUV, the Q5 is very capable on the road. The relatively stiff suspension minimises body roll, but never becomes uncomfortable.

The engine line-up has quite a few choices, but we recommended two – if you want low running costs then go for the 2.0-litre diesel and if you want to surprise Porsche Boxters from the lights go for the 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel in the SQ5.

The base SE model is well equipped with automatic headlights and wipers, cruise control, rear parking sensor and three-zone climate control, meaning not only separate temperature controls for the driver and passenger, but also for the rear seats as well.

Have a look at our handy colours and dimensions guides to see if the Q5 will fit in your life or check out the all-new Audi Q5 by reading our dedicated price, specs and release date article. 

Cheapest to buy: 2.0-litre SE diesel

Cheapest to run: 2.0-litre SE diesel

Fastest model: 3.0-litre SQ5 diesel

Most popular:  2.0-litre SE diesel

If there’s one thing that everybody within the motoring industry knows, it’s that Audi interiors are perhaps the finest you’ll find in any mainstream car. There’s nothing too flashy or spectacular about it – it’s just s well-built, easy-to-use and stylish cabin that’s worth the premium you pay for it.

Audi Q5 boot space

The Q5 is also a very efficient user of its size; at 540 litres with the back seats up and 1,560 litres of boot space with them down (that’s over 100 more than the XC60), families should have little trouble packing for a holiday, and the weekly shop will be a breeze. Audi also offers a sliding rear bench, to let you choose between boot space and rear seat room.

Audi Q5 passenger space

The boot size is not the only impressive thing about the Q5’s practicality. There is room for four adults to lounge in comfort (five if they are really thin) and a pair of optional DVD players mounted to the back of the front seats can be specified to provide entertainment on longer journeys.

The handling of the Q5 gets generally positive reviews. Despite the engine being ahead of the front axle – typically leading to a front-heavy feeling – the Q5 still feels relatively nimble for its size, and with precise steering, people should find no problem with telling it where to go. You’ll be able to feel lumps and bumps in the road because the Q5 has a slightly firm ride, but it rarely becomes uncomfortable.

Topping the pile is the SQ5, introduced in early 2013. Wider tyres, plus stiffened and lowered suspension (and a mighty diesel engine) give it huge cross-country pace, but reviews say its suspension is one of the stiffest setups they have tested.

Engines in the Q5 range from 2.0-litre diesels and petrols, through to a big V6 diesel and the top-of-the-range twin-turbo SQ5 model. Whichever of these you choose you’ll get high levels of refinement (excellent on the V6s) and even a sporty exhaust note or two.

Audi Q5 petrol engines

There is one 225hp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol available and it can get from 0-62mph in around seven seconds, but the running costs associated with having a turbocharged petrol engine in an SUV will be enough to put a lot people off.  Fuel economy comes in at 37.2mpg and road tax is £225 a year.

Audi Q5 diesel engines

A more solid choice for most people will be the 2.0-litre diesel, which can return fuel economy of close to 50mpg irrespective of whether you choose the model with 148 or 187hp. Road tax comes in at £145 and £180 a year respectively. Arguably the 148hp model is a little slow for a premium SUV and it takes 10.8 seconds to get from a standstill to 62mph. The more powerful version completes the same feat in a far more respectable 8.4 seconds.

Falling more inline with the Q5’s quality feel is the 3.0-litre V6 diesel. It’s smoother in operation than its smaller diesel siblings and also quite a lot quicker, with 0-62mph being shaved down to 7.1 seconds. The price for that is fuel economy of 39.2mpg and CO2 emissions of 168g/km for road tax of £20 a year.

Diesels are the preferred choice when it comes to specifying a heavy SUV, so maybe it’s not too surprising to find one at the top of the Q5 range. The SQ5 has a twin-turbocharged 312hp 3.0-litre borrowed from the Audi A6. It catapults the big SUV from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and is slightly better on fuel than the regular 3.0-litre, but few testers recommend it as a car that’s particularly fun to drive.


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We aggregate and summarise the most helpful Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI reviews from the best publications.

Reviews for the 211 are fairly mixed. However, If you are determined to get around quickly, the 2.0 TFSI could be for you. With 208bhp under the belt this Q5 will power through the 62mph point in 7.2 seconds. However, this power comes with a £1500 premium over the already brilliant diesel variant. You’ll also spend more time at the pump (although 33mpg still isn’t that bad) and, due to higher emissions than the diesels, have to spend more on tax.

The S Tronic gearbox has also been criticised as being a poor companion to this engine, getting particularly troublesome at low speeds. Nevertheless, if you spend a lot of time on the motorway and plan to be joining the typical place for an Audi (in the right-hand lane) this unit would happily do the job.

We aggregate and summarise the most helpful Audi Q5 3.0 TDI reviews from the best publications.

This is easily the most popular engine among critics. Lauded for its smooth as silk gear-changes from the 7-speed automatic gearbox (the engine and gearbox combo’s on the Q5 have been criticised on other units) and its apparent inability to do anything badly, the 3.0 TDI is first-choice in the Q5 range for many reviewers.

With 199 g/km of CO2 emissions (pretty darn good for an SUV) it will also not kill you in tax. The only way this engine could be better would be if it had 237bhp, could reach 62mph in 6.5 seconds and wouldn’t stop until it hit 139mph………….wait a minute, IT DOES! All in all the critics say it's a fantastic engine that is guaranteed that will not only meet your requirements but, in all likelihood, surpass them.

These are general, non-engine specific reviews. They give a nice overview of what the car is like, without focusing on just one engine/version.
The SQ5 is the very first S-badged diesel in the Audi range, and justifies its existence with a power output of 309 bhp. Torque is strong too, as you may expect from a twin-turbocharged 3.0 V6 diesel, at 479 lb-ft.

It's this huge wallop of torque that lets you reach 62 mph quicker than a Porsche Cayenne Diesel S - just 5.1 seconds. Critics describe the acceleration as "staggering" even with a light press of the throttle, and "astoundingly capable" the rest of the time. Audi has even equipped it with a sound generator for a more petrol-like soundtrack, and several testers say it has a near V8-like sound.

Despite the SQ5's mighty performance, it's also plenty refined enough and even relatively economical - certainly for such a quick SUV. Officially it averages 41.5 mpg, with road tax of £220 per year. Worth it? If you can afford the relatively hefty purchase price, perhaps...

The Audi Q5 is rated as highly for occupant safety as you’d expect a modern, high-up luxury crossover to score. It attains a full five stars in Euro NCAP’s crash testing program.

Due to that high bonnet though, things aren’t so great for pedestrians. You might think that doesn’t matter but bear in mind that the Q5 is the sort of vehicle frequently seen on the school run, where the risk of small children running into the road is greater.

The Q5 does come well-equipped for safety though – it has all the usual kit you’d expect, in addition to Hill Descent Assist. Few Q5 owners will go off-road, but it could prove useful on snowy hills.

Bar the unique SQ5 models, trim levels in the Q5 range follow Audi’s familiar formula starting with the basic SE, hitting the middle ground with sporty looking S line and topping out with the S line Plus. Only S line Plus models come with sat-nav as standard, but most other essentials are present.

Audi Q5 SE

Entry level SE trim gets you 18-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio, automatic headlights and wipers, plus leather-trimmed seats. The double glazed windscreen should do a good job of cutting out wind noise, but it’s a pity that Audi has chosen to only fit rear parking sensors, given that the Q5’s size makes it tricky to park.

Audi Q5 S line

S line trim is a styling pack in all but name and gets you kit such as larger 19-inch alloy wheels, a revised front grille, redesigned bumpers and, on the inside, sports seats and polished metal trim. The only technical changes are the inclusion of powerful xenon headlights and the option to have lowered suspension, although the latter is better avoided according to reviewers.

Audi Q5 S line Plus

Opting for the Q5 S line Plus sees the standard infotainment screen grow from 6.5 to 7.0-inches to capitalise on the fact that it’s also hooked up to a sat nav screen. Other additions include front parking sensors, an electrically operated tailgate and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Audi SQ5

That leaves the SQ5 that gets its own unique style of 20-inch alloys, a body kit and a sports exhaust that gives it a distinctive sound for a diesel. The SQ5’s bone-shaking ride comes as a result of its suspension that’s lowered by 30mm. Unlike in the S line model, there’s no more comfortable option.



The Q5 is another solid effort from Audi, both literally and figuratively. It has all the hallmarks of the traditional Audi product: Handsome design, a beautifully-furnished interior and a strong range of engines. It also drives well and offers plenty of practical solutions.

It’s no longer one of the more economical choices in the class though and despite the healthy boot, the Q5’s sporty silhouette means you’ll not be shifting wardrobes in it. With those limitations in mind though, the Q5 is easy to recommend.

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