Audi is arguably the most fashionable executive brand around, and that has done wonders for its used prices which is, in turn, great news for new buyers. The Q5 isn’t the best car in the premium SUV stable but according to our experts, in 2.0 TDI S line trim it should resist depreciation better than all of its rivals. So if you want to cut motoring’s biggest hidden cost, this is one occasion when you really need to use your head, rather than your heart.
The BMX X3 is better to drive and the Land Rover Freelander is more capable off-road, but the Q5’s combination of badge appeal, style and interior quality is enough. S line trim is the sportiest in the line-up and ride comfort with its larger alloy wheels suffers as a result. We’d be tempted to go for the SE version, which still promises to retain 62.1 per cent of its new price after three years and 36,000 miles.
You would never describe the Q5 as cheap, but with a punchy and smooth 174bhp diesel engine and loads of standard kit, the sums do begin to add up.