Audi Q5 review - Reliability and safety

Audi has equipped the Q5 with plenty of safety kit, while a strong NCAP rating provides peace of mind

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability and Safety Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£44,175 to £72,010
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The Audi Q5 didn't feature in our 2021 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, although the smaller Q3 finished in 22nd place out of a 75-car list. The facelifted Q5 model, with its new mild-hybrid tech, a restyled exterior and additional standard equipment could help improve the overall rating next time around.

The Q5 was given a top five-star Euro NCAP rating when tested in 2017, gaining 93% for occupant safety, 86% for child security and 73% for pedestrian impact protection.

The entry-level Sport versions feature a reversing camera, cruise control with a speed limiter, front and rear parking sensors, brake assist and Audi's Pre sense city system which warns of a potential collision and can initiate emergency braking if required.

Moving up to top-spec Vorsprung trim brings a host of standard safety kit including adaptive cruise control, a traffic sign recognition system, Turn Assist, Active Lane Assist, Audi's Pre-sense collision warning and auto braking function, Side Assist, Park Assist and an Exit warning which alerts occupants to any vehicles or cyclists approaching from behind before they leave the vehicle.

Warranty

Audi offers a standard three-year warranty with a 60,000-mile limit. This is slightly behind BMW's warranty, which lasts for the same amount of time, but has unlimited mileage cover.

Audi offers extensions to its cover that can take it up to five years and 90,000 miles, which can be added when you spec up your new Q5.

Servicing

Audi advises fixed servicing (every 9,300 miles/1 year) or flexible servicing schedules (up to 18,600 miles/2 years). The manufacturer recommends the flexible option if you drive longer distances, typically on motorways and main roads, while a fixed schedule is more appropriate if you cover lower mileages and do more city and town centre driving. 

Which Is Best

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  • Gearbox type
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