In terms of its engines, a 2.0-litre petrol unit powers the standard model. It’s an excellent engine that develops 249bhp, which is enough to whizz you from a standstill to 62mph in a mere 6.3 seconds. It’s smooth, fast and keen to rev.
Should you prefer the high-performance SQ5 model, your power will come from a V6 3.0-litre petrol engine that develops 349bhp, and which has a 0-62 time of 5.4 seconds. It also comes paired up with an 8-speed automatic ‘box as standard.
Running costs? If you stick to the 18” alloys, the 2.0-litre petrol engine can manage returns of 46.5mpg on a good day, while emissions stand at 156g/km of CO2. This qualifies it for a BiK rating of 30%.
Insurance isn’t too bad either, with the 2.0-litre model sitting in group 29. However, the SQ5 model occupies group 42 out of 50.
Inside, the Q5 is a very smart car. Its design is minimal and clean, there’s lots of luxury to see, touch and use, and build quality is solid.
Audi have hardly put a foot wrong, although the 7” infotainment display looks badly fitted to the dashboard. That’s really the only criticism though. Insulation is excellent, as is comfort, and we love the thick gear selector for the auto ‘box.
Is the Audi Q5 practical? It’s an extremely usable car that’s designed to make life as easy as possible for families on the road. It has just the five seats, but all are reasonably spacious, while little things such as the controls on the multifunction steering wheel are what make the car so appealing.
The boot, meanwhile, measures as much as 610-litres if you slide the rear seats forward, and 1,550 if you fold them down altogether.
Land Rover – £29,575
Audi – £39,860 – £42,875