Audi Q5 SUV (2016 -) Buying & Selling

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 12 Apr 2017
4.2
Despite its same-again looks suggesting otherwise, the second-generation Audi Q5 SUV is based on different underpinnings, with A5 Coupe-aping voluptuousness along the flanks, and a chunkier Q7-esque grille lending an aggressive air to the front end. Depending on the model, it’s also shed up to 90kg of heft.

3.2 out of 5

Buying new

  • Three trims to choose from; Sport’s our pick
  • 2.0-litre TDI is our engine of choice
  • Don’t get carried away with options

Engine-wise, the 2.0-litre TDI diesel makes most sense to most buyers, not least because it’s cheaper than the petrol alternative to both buy and run.

Audi expects almost two-thirds of Q5 buyers to choose the S Line model but for our money we’d pick the middle-ranking Sport trim and upgrade it with the excellent (but expensive) adaptive air suspension option.

Be careful about plundering too deeply into the impressive array of extras available – before you know it you’ll end up with a very expensive car.

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

  • Not many used Q5 bargains are likely to be had
  • Ensure the paperwork matches the car
  • Check it thoroughly for signs of damage

If you’re expecting to bag yourself something of a bargain by netting a used Audi Q5 at a low price a few years down the line, then you’re in for a rather rude awakening.

Indications are that after three years and 30,000 miles of ownership, a Q5 will still retain at least 55 percent of its original value.

On the plus side, it is likely to be one of Audi’s more popular models so there should be plenty to choose from, which may help chip the asking prices down a little.

It’s vital when considering a used SUV that you thoroughly check the car underneath, as well as more obvious places such as the bodywork, bumpers and alloy wheels.

Equally as imperative is to check that all of the extensive range of equipment works exactly as it should, particularly on models with the optional air suspension package.

Also spend time poring over every document the seller has in relation to the car, ensuring its history tallies up. Allay your fears further with a Parkers Car History Check to uncover any hidden secrets from the car’s past.

See 337 used Audi Q5 SUVs for sale, starting at £20,367

4.2 out of 5

Selling

  • Ensure your Q5 is presented at its best
  • Tend to any outstanding bodywork issues
  • Spend time on your advert

Those strong Audi Q5 residual owners might not be great news for used buyers, but for those selling one it’s rather rosier.

That doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels and expect your Q5 to be whisked off your driveway in exchange for a bundle of cash even if it’s lacking a bit of love – time still needs to be spent making sure it looks at its very best. Remember, yours isn’t likely to be the only one for sale locally – this is one of Audi’s more popular ranges.

Get all those niggling jobs fixed, including remedying paintwork issues and alloy wheel scuffs, and finish off with a professional valet.

A compellingly worded and well-photographed advert will also draw in a wider circle of potential Q5 owners so take time getting that right.