Week 3: Our 2018 Audi Q5 45 TFSI long-term tester is a rather good family runner, albeit one with, at times,
a wonky sat-nav
Over three weeks in and over a thousand kays trod under its tyres, our 2018 Audi Q5 45 TFSI long-termer
is proving to be a trusty and supremely comfortable runabout. Despite its great driving dynamics and
cornering abilities, the ride quality is surprisingly pliant even on the most rutted surfaces. The cabin is
beautifully crafted, too. And while it does cost more than many of its far-eastern rivals, one look at the fit
and finish of the cabin and it’s evident where your extra dirhams went.
Our tester has the optional S-Line cosmetic trinketry, which makes it look much nicer than the standard
car. So, it’s an option worth plumping up for if you don’t mind spending extra AEDs for aesthetic addenda.
It’s packed to the rafters with kit but the satellite navigation sometimes goes loses the plos on start-up and takes a while to load, while displaying a screen not dissimilar to an ageing computer trying to load modern 4K video game.
Space in the back is fine for short journeys but place a six-footer in the front and the rear legroom
disappears immediately. Room in the boot is fine, but since the seats don’t fold fully flat, large items
cannot be secured properly. An odd oversight given the attention to detail afforded to all the other bits
Fuel economy is steadily improving as well, with the guage now sitting at around 10 litres per 100km. In
essence, while the Q5 may be one of the more expensive cars in its class, it delivers amply when it
comes to some of the most important aspects of a family car.
More next week.
2018 Audi Q5 45 TFSI quattro — Long-term review
Average fuel economy: 10.2 litres/100km
Lows: Sat-nav is lethargic at times; rear seats don’t fold flat
Highs: Looks great inside and out; drives well, too
Costs this week: AED100 (Fuel)