New Audi Q5 is the real deal in every respect but you’ll pay for the privilege

The new Audi Q5 SE Quattro.
The new Audi Q5 SE Quattro.

If you had 65 grand to spend on a car, would you spend it on an Audi Q5 2.0 SE quattro? It is a lot of money for a compact SUV, isn’t it? That’s the price tag with add-on that this week’s test car would set you back, if you had the money and the inkling to buy one.

For me, there are too many other cars that I would choose to spend that kind of money on. The latest Q5, even with all the extras, would make me think twice before I would eventually decide to go somewhere else.

However, the point of this exercise is to measure this car on its merits and while the money may act as a deterrent, Audi do deliver a lot of car here with a huge array of driver assistant systems, the latest connectivity technologies and a huge safety package.

Powered by a 2.0-litre TDI 190hp diesel engine with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, paddle shifts on the steering, a selection of drive modes and Audi renowned quattro four-wheel drive system, this is a car that will do any job you ask it with comfort and competence.

Audi has also done some serious work on the interior of all their cars of late and the Q5 is right up there in terms of comfort, the quality of the all-leather interior and the layout that make operating the vehicle both safe and enjoyable. Visibility is pretty good too and the high driving position, which many drivers love, is fully adjustable and easy to find.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.