The Audi Q5 is a premium compact SUV designed to rival the BMW X3, Range Rover Evoque and Porsche Macan. It's another fine example of Audi's solid engineering, which delivers a well-built car along with an enjoyable drive. Although this is an SUV, it's not a car for serious off-roading. (For that we recommend a full-size Range Rover!) Rather, it's a chic car that delivers great on-road performance with the added benefit of some light off-road frivolity.
One of the best features of the Audi A5 is its comparatively large wheelbase for its size - something achieved by some clever Tetris underneath the bonnet. This ensures the car is extremely capable and agile, despite its heightl, and delivers an almost clinically smooth ride that's perfect for those who like to get from A to B with the minimum of fuss.
Our gleaming black Audi Q5 has a 2 litre TDI engine which delivers 168BHP and 0-62MPH in 9.5 seconds. Its speed tops out at 126MPH, which is certainly enough to deal with anything on the road.
With it comes a firm suspension set-up that will easily tackle any bumps. The quattro four-wheel-drive system gives the Q5 plenty of grip, even in slippery conditions, and the brakes will never let you down.
To match the interior, the external paintwork of our Audi Q5 is brilliant black, making it the perfect urban runaround as well as a chic choice for any occasion.
The car is 4,629mm long, 1,898mm wide and 1,655mm high. In other words, it certainly has presence, and fits perfectly into the chic compact SUV category also populated by the Porsche Macan and Range Rover Evoque.
It resembles its bigger sister, the Audi Q7, and is characterised by a large grilled flanked by daytime running lamps. At the rear sits an unobtrusive rear spoiler, while the windows are coated in privacy glass to ensure its occupants can travel in utter comfort. 20 inch alloy wheels complete the picture, creating an overall look that is chic and confident: completely capable of tackling whatever the road throws at it.
The chic black interior of our Audi Q5 is the perfect place to relax on long journeys. The materials used in the sleek design are all high quality, with brushed aluminium trim, gloss dash inserts and fine black Nappa leather seats with S line embossing. The colour palate in the Q5's interior is entirely black, with black seats, black carpet, a black dashboard and black cloth headlining. It creates an incredibly stylish effect, with only those Matt-brushed aluminium inlays and soft interior lighting for atmospheric illumination.
The seats are quite special, regardless of who the passengers are. Covered in the softest leather, these black sports seats have electrically adjustable lumbar support as well as ergonomic armrests. For parents, moreover, there is a child seat anchor to provide peace of mind that their little ones are safe and secure while travelling. Thanks to the car's tall height, there is a huge amount of head and legroom for all passengers, with great visibility in all seats. Storage is also plentiful, both in the cabin and the boot. The latter has a capacity of 540 litres - 50 more than a Porsche Macan. You can also slide the rear seats forward up to 10cm if you need a little more room. If you need a lot more room, however, then you can even fold not only the rear seats but also the passenger seat - meaning that you can transport even very long items in the Q5! To make life even easier, the tailgate is also power operated.
The Audi Q5 we have for hire is packed full of technology. Up front there's a DAB digital radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity and even an auto-dimming rear view mirror. The driver also benefits from safety features such as automatic lights, cruise control and parking sensors. Most features, including the MMI navigation system, can be controlled from the 6.5 inch touchscreen infotainment system. For passengers, there's the three-zone climate control, Bang & Olufson surround sound system and even a DVD player. When they're relaxing in their heated Nappa leather seats, we don't think you'll hear any complaints!
This is a great example of German engineering - 100% reliable and the kind of car that makes driving truly effortless. With an enormous amount of room for transporting both passengers and all kinds of luggage, this is a wonderful car for holidays or simply any activity that requires a bit more space and practicality than that offered by a normal car. Our Audi Q5 is safe as well as stylish, and has received the hightest Euro NCAP rating. With features such as six airbags, parking sensors and a driver fatigue monitor, you can be assured of keeping all your passengers safe - although they'll be too busy enjoying the in-car entertainment facilities to notice how well you're driving!