Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Quattro SE

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Quattro SE

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Byline: Edna Mullen

I SOMETIMES wonder whether there's some secret German contest going on between Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz to see who can deliver the biggest model range.

All have expanded their ranges hugely over the past decade and arguably it was Audi that set the ball rolling.

These days the firm offers one of the most all-encompassing Price: PS32,220 Mechanical: 1,968cc, 4cyl driving four wheels 6-speed manual Max speed: 0-62mph: 9 Combined Insurance CO2 emissions: BiK rating: 25% Warranty: 3yrs/ miles ranges of any manufacturer, one which includes a supermini, a high performance sportscar, a selection of saloons and a trio of SUVs - as well as plenty more besides.

Delivering a raft of new models was a process it set about systematically and with a degree of determination that has to be admired.

The process is probably still an ongoing one, so one can only wonder what might be next in the pipeline.

Wind the clock back a few years and SUVs were anathema to Audi. The Q7 saw the company dip its toe into the water and it was followed by the Q5 and more recently the Q3.

174bhp, engine via gearbox 127mph seconds 47.9 25 154g/km The Q5 sits on the middle and in many respects is the best all-rounder.

60,000 The Q7 is a fine car but somewhat large and lumbering, while the Q3 is probably just a tad too compact.

The Q5 ticks pretty much all the boxes it has to be said - neither too big, or too small, it's probably just about right for most people's needs.

To look at it has all the hallmarks of Audi's design excellence, simple and understated in some ways, yet classy and alluring in others.

It doesn't try and pull of tricks like a coupe-style rear end, yet it doesn't look like a straightforward boxy SUV either. It's a simple approach but very clever too and not trying to provide too many curves means it is still immensely practical with acres of boot space. …

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