Unfortunately the same things we disliked about the old model are still here, too. The ride is still far too firm, especially in an urban setting, and if the road surface is anything but smooth you’ll be the first to find out.
The 2.0 TFSI powerplant copes well in most situations, although we couldn’t help but feel that, at low speeds especially, we would have benefitted from the immediate torque of a diesel engine. The eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox does a decent job of matching power and economy, although sometimes its keenness to shift up to higher gears means you miss out on the meatier delivery of the engine. There's a manual shift option, too, but we found the Q5 to be slow to respond when using it.
Audi says the Q5 can achieve 29.4mpg on the official urban cycle and and 35.8mpg combined. To achieve that you’ll be needing some hyper-miling motoring techniques, as even with our greenest intentions in mind we couldn’t get above 27mpg on our urban route.
Should I buy one?
The Q5 is nicely packaged on most fronts. The cabin is genuinely a nice place to be and on long journeys especially passengers will benefit from the extra space. It’s quiet, too, with little or no road noise intruding into the cabin, even at higher speeds.
Unfortunately, the argument for a petrol Q5 just doesn’t stand up next to its diesel counterparts. The engine is good enough, but we actively missed the low-range torque of a diesel unit. Add that to the real-world economy figures we collected and the conclusion is simple: the diesel Q5 is a better machine.
For company car drivers the case for a diesel is even stronger, scoring lower taxes in almost every category next to the petrol.
As a whole the Q5 is still one of the best soft-roaders on the market. Rivals such as BMW’s X3 and Volvo’s XC60 are equally good at tackling a variety of situations on the road but each has its own set of failings, too – noise in the case of the X3, and disappointing economy in the XC60.
The Audi Q5 might not be perfect, but it’s a good all-rounder – and it would be a better one with a diesel engine.
Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Quattro S line Tiptronic
Price £35,985; 0-62mph 7.1sec; Top speed 138mph; Economy 35.8mpg; CO2 184g/km; Kerb weight 1755kg; Engine 4 cyls, 1984cc, petrol; Power 222bhp at 4500-6200rpm; Torque 258lb ft at 1500-4500rpm; Gearbox 8-spd automatic