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As a result, the Q5 will cope better off-road and in slippery conditions on the road than your average front-wheel-drive car, but it’s been conceived as more of an SUV for use on the tarmac than as a hardcore 4x4.
There’s a choice of three engines – two diesel and one petrol. The 2.0-litre TDI diesel can be had with either 148bhp or 187bhp, while there is a single 222bhp 2.0-litre TFSI petrol. At the top of the Q5 range is a 255bhp 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel, but there’s also a high-performance SQ5 flagship model, which uses the same 3.0-litre V6 TDI to deliver a potent 322bhp. The SQ5 Plus launched in 2016 with an extra 13bhp – taking the most powerful Q5 to 335bhp.
A six-speed manual transmission is standard with entry-level models, although seven-speed S tronic and eight-speed tiptronic automatics are available further up the range.