Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The 2017 Q5 won't actually launch in Australia until June, but Audi is excited, inviting us to a chilly Canberra for a brief preview drive ahead of a more comprehensive launch later in the year.
It will initially arrive with two engines across two trim levels: the diesel-only Design and the diesel or petrol Sport. The bad news? All three have climbed in price, from $2,300 for the entry-level diesel, to $3,584 for the top-spec petrol model. The price list now spans $65,900 to $73,500. Those are the recommended retail prices (RRP), with no drive-away price list currently available. Check with your dealer for the state-specific costs closer to the Q5's formal launch.
The Audi Q5 models start with the TDI Design ($65,900), and in terms of standard features you can expect 18-inch alloys, LED DRLs and tail lights, aluminium roof rails and proximity unlocking with an auto-opening boot that opens when you wave your foot under it. Inside, expect leather-appointed seats that are powered in the front, along with tri-zone climate control and a 7.0-inch, sat-nav-equipped infotainment screen that's both Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-equipped (so it will sync with your iPhone or Android device). It's also DAB digital radio equipped, and it pairs with an eight-speaker stereo. You'll also get cruise control, and floor mats below both the front and rear seats.
If you're wondering how many seats the Q5 has, the clue is right there in the name.
Step up to the TDI Sport ($70,700) or top-of-the-range TFSI Sport ($73,500) models, and you'll find 20-inch alloy wheels (vs 18-inch rims in the entry-level model comparison), adaptive LED headlights, heated and powered side mirrors, leather seats with sport-style chairs in the front. Your sound system is also upgraded to a better unit with 10 speakers (and a CD/DVD player), which pairs with a bigger 8.3-inch screen. Audi's 'Virtual Cockpit' also appears as standard - a 12.3-inch digital screen that replaces the traditional display in the driver's binnacle and makes following GPS instructions a breeze. In lieu of a touch screen, you get a touchpad that lives in the centre console to help cycle through the multimedia options. It's a cool addition to the top trim level's tech accessories.
A panoramic sunroof is a cost option, as are Matrix headlights -a nifty addition to Audi's ever-growing range to technology gadgets - that replace dipping headlights by continuing to partially illuminate the road ahead, even in the face of oncoming traffic.
If you're wondering how many seats the Q5 has, the clue is right there in the name. This is a standard five seater, so there's plenty of room in the boot for luggage.
Standard Audi Q5 colours include, Brilliant Black and Ibis White, which are no-cost options. The rest are metallic paints, including Azores Green, Florett Silver, Manhattan Grey, Matador Red, Monsoon Grey, Moonlight Blue, Mythos Black and Navarra Blue, with brown, orange and yellow missing from the palette. Each of the non-standard colours will cost you $1,420 or $1,846.