Larger and higher than a hatchback but smaller and more civilized than a full-size sport-ute — that’s the car-based crossover SUV in a nutshell, and it continues to be one of the hottest market segments going. The Audi Q5 lives in the rarefied territory of the luxury crossover. Think of it as an A4 sedan with more cargo space and a higher center of gravity, and you won’t be far off the mark. It also boasts some of the sleekest sheet metal in a competitive class that includes the BMW X3, Mercedes GLK-Class and Volvo XC60.
Additionally, the Q5 is one of the larger models in this grouping, resulting in an interior that’s a bit roomier than most. Audi is known for high-quality interiors, and the Q5 doesn’t disappoint here either. The model’s biggest downside is perhaps its price, as the upper trim levels can get uncomfortably expensive. Even so, new or used, Audi’s Q5 is worth consideration for people interested in a small luxury crossover SUV.