Audi SUVs 2019: full guide and latest deals

From the small Q2 to the seven-seat Q7 and new Q8. The full guide to Audi SUVs and latest prices

BuyaCar team
Feb 25, 2019

If you're looking for an upmarket sport utility vehicle (SUV), then the chances are that Audi has one for you: you can get small, medium and large ones; versions with seven seats; high-performance models and efficient hybrids. There's now a new electric one too.

The line-up begins with the small Q2 and new Q3. Although they are available with four-wheel drive, these are really crossover road cars, using the mechanical parts from family cars, but offering the higher driving position of an off-roader. 

The Q5 is more of a classic SUV with off-road ability and plenty of interior space for the moments when you can load up your car with surfboards and take the rugged route to a deserted beach, or when you just need to get your kids to school through the snow.

The Q7 brings more space than the Q5, along with seven seats, while the Q8 focuses less on practicality and more on sportiness and luxury.

SQ5, SQ7 and the forthcoming SQ8 models bring high-performance, as does the new Audi e-tron: an all-electric SUV with rapid performance and around 250 miles of range from the batteries on a single charge.

There's plenty to choose from: as long as you're happy to pay a premium for the Audi badge on the grille.


Audi SUVs


Audi Q2

✔  Best Audi SUV for driving in town and on twisty roads

Less good for cost-effectiveness

Latest Audi Q2 deals from £15,322
Finance from £205 per month

There aren't many rivals to the diminutive Audi Q2, which bring's Audi's design and quality feel to the small SUV market. It's smaller than a Mini Countryman, and roughly the same size as a Nissan Juke or Renault Captur.

These last two cars don't come close to the Q2 in terms of quality or spaciousness: it's surprisingly roomy, given that it's shorter than a Volkswagen Golf, with reasonable space for two adults - or a hefty child seat - in the back. There's the option of four-wheel drive too. Look out for the versions badged quattro.

However most alternatives cost considerably less than the Audi Even the cheapest second-hand models start at £15,322, while new cars cost from more than £22,000. It's enough to make excellent rivals, such as the Mazda CX-3 and Honda HR-V seem cheap. That gap only widens if you start to add some of the flashier technology, such as Audi's "virtual cockpit" screen behind the steering wheel and assistance functions that enable the car to steer, accelerate and brake itself on motorways - although the driver has to be ready to take over at any point.
Audi Q2 buying guide


Audi Q3

✔  Best Audi SUV for affordable technology and space

Less good for going off road 

Latest Audi Q3 deals from £11,600
Finance from £165 per month

Think of the Q3 as a tall family hatchback. Despite being low down the Audi SUV line-up, it has space in the back for two tall adults and a 530-litre boot that's larger than the one in the VW Golf. It also remains narrow enough for easy city driving. Despite its height, it's designed to be best on tarmac rather than off road.

The latest car, which went on sale in late 2018, is also not short of standard equipment, including a dual-screen dashboard made up of a large centre screen and Audi's "virtual cockpit" display behind the steering wheel, which shows digital dials and additional information, such as sat-nav directions.

On the road, it's extremely smooth too, but it needs to be: hi-tech and comfortable rivals, such as the Volvo XC40, BMW X1 and Jaguar E-Pace mean that there are plenty of excellent models to choose from in this category, as well as cheaper alternatives: the Peugeot 3008 range starts at £6,000 less from new than the Audi.

For now the majority of used Audi Q3s are previous-generation versions. They are fairly spacious but don't have the same level of technology or comfort as the latest car.
Audi Q3 buying guide


Audi Q5

✔  Best Audi SUV for the average family & luggage

Less good for excitement

Latest Audi Q5 deals from £17,098
Finance from £254 per month

Until last year, the Audi Q5 made the ideal family car. The boot is a good size and long trips are more relaxing thanks to its smooth ride on motorways, little road noise and light steering that lets you direct the car precisely.

Then Audi launched the new, Q3 (above). Its 530-litre boot is just 20 litres smaller than that of the Q5, and it's similarly quiet and comfortable - plus it's cheaper. The technology is integrated much more neatly (the Q5's screen is perched uncomfortably on the dashboard); you can choose virtually the same features; and interior quality is at least a match for the Q5.

The Q5 does have more interior space than the Q3, but unless you need to carry tall adults in the back, your passengers should be comfortable in either. The Q3 is also smoother at slower speeds, where the Q5 can thud over potholes and speed bumps. The Land Rover Discovery Sport and Mercedes GLC are more comfortable.

The current Audi Q5 went on sale in 2016. Earlier cars are from the previous generation.
Audi Q5 buying guide


Audi Q7

✔  Best Audi SUV for long journeys with several passengers

Less good for narrow streets 

Latest Audi Q7 deals from £27,000
Finance from £335 per month

The current Audi Q7 went on sale in 2015 and is Audi’s answer to luxury SUVs such as the Volvo XC90 and BMW X5. It’s a large, comfortable car that feels stable and manoeuvrable to drive.

It can seat seven with some luggage space to spare and is packed with technology including Audi’s online Connect system. This turns your car into a WiFi hotspot, can find the cheapest nearby petrol station, and stream internet radio.

Until recently Audi sold a seriously quick version badged SQ7 that accelerates from 0-62mph in 4.9secs, - faster than Audi’s TT sports car - as well as a plug-in hybrid called the Q7 e-tron, which has an official fuel economy figure of 157mpg, and low carbon dioxide emissions, which brings reduced company car tax. These are still available as used cars but not currently sold new.
Audi Q7 buying guide


Audi Q8

✔  Best Audi SUV for performance, comfort and space

Less good for a large family 

Latest Audi Q8 deals from £47,930
Finance from £576 per month

With a brutish grille that's set to cause heart palpitations when it appears in your rear-view mirror, the Audi Q8 is designed to show that it's no shrinking violet.

Fitted with high-performance engines, and with a smoother, more flowing design, it combines the acceleration of a sports car with the space of a large SUV. Standard air suspension means that you can select a comfortable setting for smooth progress.

Inside, virtually every button is eliminated and replaced with three screens, and it's roomy for five passengers, but boot space is reduced by the sloping roof, which also means that a third row of seats is not available.


Audi e-tron

✔  Best Audi SUV for emissions-free motoring

Less good for quick charging - yet 

The e-tron is Audi's first electric car, and and SUV that's a little bigger than an Audi Q5, but not quite as large as a Q7.

This makes it a great size for most families, with enough passenger and boot space to be practical. The batteries should power the car for around 250 miles on a single charge , so few owners will need to regularly top up on their journey - as long as they can install a charging point at their home.

In future, even long-distance journeys should be a breeze, as it can be charged to 80 per cent of capacity in 30 minutes from a high-power 150kW charger. Unfortunately, these are not yet installed in Britain, so the same charge from a 50kW charger - common at motorway services - will take 90 minutes.

Being an electric car, power is delivered as soon as you press the accelerator - without the need for revving - so the e-tron accelerates strongly. The standard air suspension provides a very comfortable ride, and a triple-screen dashboard feels suitable hi-tech. 
Audi e-tron buying guide


Audi SUVs coming soon

Audi Q4

On sale summer 2019

A sportier version of the Audi Q3, the new Q4 will be an alternative to the BMW X2 and Range Rover Evoque, with swept-back styling and powerful engines. It will be inspired by the TT Offroad concept car, shown above, and is likely to be several thousands of pounds more expensive than an equivalent Q3.
Ask about reserving a 2019 Audi Q4  


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