Audi Q5 review - Can it take on the rest of the crowded compact SUV sector? - Performance and 0-60

Lighter Q5 shrugs off dowdy driving experience of big selling compact SUV

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from £38,035
  • Lighter, more responsive chassis, strong petrol engine
  • It's an SUV and we'd rather have an A4 Avant

Performance and 0-60mph time

Thanks to a competitive set of engines and a weight reduction over the previous generation, the Q5 is surprisingly brisk, even in lowly diesel form. The 2.0TDI just slips underneath the 8-second 0-62mph barrier, while the 2.0TFSI petrol drops that figure to an impressive 6.3 seconds. Both engines are extremely hushed and well insulated, and offer flat and broad torque curves, helping keep the Q5 feeling frisky at most speeds.

>Click here for our review of the 2017 Audi SQ5

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The SQ5 lacks the grunt its predecessor’s bi-turbo diesel offered and despite having more power, its torque deficiency is the cause of slower acceleration times. At 5.4 seconds, both the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and the upcoming BMW X3 M40i outrun it to 62mph.

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