The Audi Q5 is acknowledged as an excellent all-round premium compact SUV, which is highly desirable on the used car market. The latest generation is a head-turner, with alloy wheels and leather upholstery standard across the range. And as you'd expect from an Audi, interior luxury and quality are second to none. There's plenty of cabin space and storage, an easy-to-use infotainment system, and the high driving position offers good visibility and is widely adjustable.
Practicality is good too: back seat passengers have plenty of headroom, and the sliding bench seat lets you increase boot space from 550 litres to 610 litres, or 1,550 litres with the seats folded.
The Q5 is a pleasure to drive: it's refined, smooth and quiet, with competent handling, consistent steering, and top speeds of up to 147mph. The engine range includes a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder in either 248bhp petrol or 187bhp diesel guise – both of which are pleasant and powerful – a 282bhp V6 diesel with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and permanent four-wheel-drive, and a V6 petrol SQ5 with 349bhp.
The Q5 scored a maximum five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests, and standard safety equipment includes driver and passenger front and side airbags, automatic emergency braking, where the car brakes by itself if it detects a potential impact, and an active bonnet – the bonnet automatically gets higher in a crash to help protect pedestrians from injury, as the extra space underneath it helps absorb the impact.
There’s a decent level of technology, too, as you'd expect from an Audi: SE models get heated front seats, three-zone air conditioning, an electric tailgate and a DAB radio with Bluetooth, while Sport models get sat nav and sports seats.
If you'd like to sample the charms of one of our second-hand Audi Q5s, or browse through our selection of reliable used cars for sale at your leisure, just visit our Maidstone and Harlow Carwise dealership and take a test drive.