Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Quattro SE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Audi Q5 2.0 TFSI Quattro SE

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Byline: PETER KEENAN

AUDI'S new compact Sport Utility Vehicle is one of those cars blessed with a certain aura that can't help but turn heads. Indeed, if Simon Cowell was judging cars rather than pop star wannabes the Q5 would win the X-Factor and be singing the Christmas No.1. It is a feast for the eyes sporting a deep front grille and a profile that has more in common with a coupe than a chunky off-roader. The Q5 is not as muscular as its big brother - the Q7 - but has a style and a presence that more than makes up for the smaller dimensions.

The cabin is finished to a high standard sporting a dashboard - nabbed from the Audi A4 - that is clear and easy to use while the MMI central controller allows the driver to find and use the various goodies included with ease.

The shape may be coupe-like but the driving position is totally SUV offering a commanding view of the road.

The sporty look is also achieved without impinging on practicality as there's ample space for four adults and still room for 540 litres of luggage. Folding the rear seats - they also recline and have the option of runners giving them plenty of fore and aft adjustment - gives the Q5 cave-like dimensions for transporting bigger items. A folding front passenger seat is also offered as an option by Audi.

The cabin is a pleasant, peaceful place to spend a journey as wind and road noise are largely kept at bay. The seats seem to mould themselves to your body and are extremely comfortable.

Audi lavish equipment on the Q5 with the SE trim getting a colour driver information system, three-zone climate control, leather seats, chunky 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, parking sensors and four powered windows. The standard stereo with ten speakers makes a great sound but there are various other audio options should you wish to splash some more cash. …

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