Handling, transmission, braking, fuel economy, fit and finish.
Stylish and sporty, the Q5 is one of the better compact luxury SUVs. The cabin is plush and quiet, with very comfortable seats, but rear-seat and cargo space are modest. The Q5 is almost as much fun to drive as a sports sedan, and the ride is steady and composed if rather firm. Its punchy 211-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic racked up a commendable 21 mpg overall. While capable, the engine is a bit louder and less refined than the 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 upgrade. Reliability of the 2.0T version has been average. A hybrid mated to the turbocharged four-cylinder is available. A 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine is new for 2014.