When we last tested an Audi Q5, it was a pre-facelift car and it was (time to break out my car journalist thesaurus) okay. It was a calm, smooth, and sensible crossover with good looks and a nice cabin. Now, though, Audi has improved the looks, given it an updated interior, and better technology. So is it now good enough to take on the best of the competition?
In this new video from Carwow, we get to see the newly facelifted Audi Q5 with a 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel engine, something we don’t get here in the ‘States.
From the outside, I have to admit, the new facelifted car looks better than before. When I first saw it in photos, I didn’t love it. Now, though, seeing it in this video, wearing an Ibis White exterior paint, it looks really good and much better than before.
It’s also quick. Despite having a small, efficient diesel engine, the Audi Q5 was able to get from 0-60 mph in about 5.5 seconds, which is hot-hatch quick. For an economical choice of engine, that’s surprisingly quick and far more than enough for a Q5. So if you’re thinking of getting into an Audi Q5 and live in Europe, go for the 2.0 diesel, as it’s far more than quick enough, while being a bit more efficient than the gas models.
The cabin is also nice, if a bit odd at times, and has decent trunk space. Though, it’s not as capacious as some of its rivals.
Overall, though, Carwow’s Mat Watson feels that you should shortlist the Audi Q5, if you’re looking at a midsize premium crossover. It’s a good looking, comfortable, and spacious family crossover. It’s not as fun as something like the BMW X3 or Alfa Romeo Stelvio, nor is it as comfy as the Mercedes GLC-Class but it’s a great blend of all things. Also, be sure to get the diesel for the best performance/efficiency combination.