Audi Q5 40 TDi Quattro SUV- Comfort at a price

Audi Q5 40 TDI Quattro SUV Road Test Review

Audi Q5 is a medium size SUV and is Audi’s second bestselling model and is close in sales to the Mercedes Benz GLB, the BMW X3, and the Volvo XC60.

2021 Audi Q5

We had the 40 TDI a two litre, diesel with mild hybrid assistance.

Audi Q5 2021

It priced at $74,900 plus on road costs, about right with the other luxury brands but at least $30,000 more than a quite sophisticated Toyota RAV 4 hybrid.


The Q5 has plenty of features but not rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control is an option.

Audi Q5 2021

But there is a quality ambience when driving. A good test is a motorway in Sydney with many close spaced epoxy fitted cracks which can sound and feel like driving along sleepers on a railway track.

Noise and intrusion into the Audi cabin were minimal. Not practical value for money but elegant to drive.

Audi Q5 2021

What is good?

  • Quiet ambiance in the interior even over poor roads
  • Digital screen in front of driver
  • Quattro drive and Smooth engine 

What is not so good?

  • Adaptive Cruise control is an option
  • No rear cross traffic alert
  • Pricey

Audi Q5 2021

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Audi Q5 40 TDi Quattro SUV

Model Price$ 74,900 MLP*
Engine2 litre diesel plus mild hybrid
Drivetrain7 speed dual clutch S-Tronic
Power150 kW @ 4200 rpm
Torque400 Nm @ 3000 rpm
SafetyANCAP Five Star (2017)
CO2 Emissions143 g/km
Economy ADR5.4 L/100km L/100km
0-100km/Top Speed7.6 secs sec/222 km/hr
ServicingSchedule service fees 3 yrs
Warranty3 years / Unlimited km with  3 Yr. roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

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Overall Rating    


Behind the Wheel9
Ride and Handling8
Fit for Purpose8
Street Appeal/Design8
Value for Money7

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  • 9/10
    Behind the Wheel - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 7/10
    Equipment - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Performance             - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling            - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Practicality             - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fit for Purpose - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Street Appeal/Design   - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Technology/Connectivity - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Value for Money - 7/10
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