ABS and ESC standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard; rear side optional.
Stylish and sporty, the Q5 is one of the better choices among compact luxury SUVs, a growing category that includes the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC. The Q5 feels solid, is rewarding to drive and has a plush, quiet cabin. Typically equipped it's priced in the mid- to high-$40,000s.
The Q5 delivers handling agility that inspires confidence and makes it fun-to-drive. The ride tends to come across as firm initially but proves to be absorbent when needed and steady when cruising. The base four-cylinder turbocharged engine and eight-speed transmission racked up a commendable 21 mpg overall while providing decent performance. While capable, that engine is louder and less refined than the optional V6, subtracting some from the car's premium feel. Opting for the V6 brings much more refinement and an abundance of effortless thrust but tends to push the price well into the $50,000s.