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Hello I am new on here,

My wife and I are considering buying a used Q5, we both love the looks and with young family (2boys 3yrs & 18months) and living in Scotland, Highlands we think it will be a practical option.
We are going to main dealer on Saturday then local independent specialist the following Saturday. Any particular things to be aware of? Any major recalls, known faults? I have only sat in them never had test drive yet.
I would love a 6 cylinder but probably either 2.0TFSI or 2.0 TDI but defo S-Line. Don't do too many miles circa 10,000 per year so don't need diesel but considering for future resale.

We are also considering A4 Avant, A6 Avant (probably not but will consider), BMW 3series Tourer (probably not owing to RWD) and BMW X3. Also going to BMW main dealer on Saturday.

All advice welcomed
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Welcome!
A lot if people on here have found the Q5 to be the best all rounder for the family car etc whilst still maintaining some driving enjoyment and street cred!
I looked at the X3 as well, found it not to be up to the Q5 standards in most departments - not much in it mind. Q5 will hold its value a lot better tho.
A6 is a lot bigger, but then you pay for it... Both financially and also (if it applies) in finding a car parking space! I drove an A6 bi-turbo (same engine as SQ5) and you can tell its a heavier car as well, not as much fun.
A4 is the same chassis as the Q5, but is slightly less practical all round - easier access due to raised height (car seats etc no stooping over), and better ground clearance plus Quattro by default for when the roads get tricky!
Not really any major known issues I am aware of... We don't get many complaints on here (or the other 4 Audi forums I am a member of). Tho I've not owned one long, but I did do a lot if reading back through on here and other sites before I bought and didn't find anything scary.
Best bet is to suggest to a dealer you want to buy new and get a long test drive (they should give you over night ones easily enough). Then you can always go back and be interested in one on the forecourt or walk away if you find one elsewhere.
Good luck! If you get any specific questions everyone in here is very helpful


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Take a look at the BMW 3 series with X drive - very capable car and a really nice ride. I very nearly bought one. The Q5 is far from fault free. Nothing major but mine makes annoying little clonks at low speed over broken surfaces and the stop - start is not fool proof by any means.
 

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A6 Allroad is lovely as well, with superb ride but as Jose mentioned the A6 is a lot bigger, and is a lot more expensive new if you add a few extras that are standard on the Q5, especially the Q5 S-line Plus. We've had 3 Series Tourings and A4 Avants in the past and might have looked at the new 3 series Touring if we could have tried an xdrive version. We felt the size and practically of the Q5 together with what we felt was better quality swung it again this time, although I think the MMI and some of the technology stuff is a bit more clunky than BMW's latest offerings
 

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I have had a Q5 for two weeks and am delighted - a good all round car that is great to drive as well. I am very impressed by the build quality and the driving position. If you don't do a huge mileage, the petrol is worth considering as it is has more poke than the 2 litre diesel.
 

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Hello I am new on here,

My wife and I are considering buying a used Q5, we both love the looks and with young family (2boys 3yrs & 18months) and living in Scotland, Highlands we think it will be a practical option.
We are going to main dealer on Saturday then local independent specialist the following Saturday. Any particular things to be aware of? Any major recalls, known faults? I have only sat in them never had test drive yet.
I would love a 6 cylinder but probably either 2.0TFSI or 2.0 TDI but defo S-Line. Don't do too many miles circa 10,000 per year so don't need diesel but considering for future resale.

We are also considering A4 Avant, A6 Avant (probably not but will consider), BMW 3series Tourer (probably not owing to RWD) and BMW X3. Also going to BMW main dealer on Saturday.

All advice welcomed
Thank you
Hello.

The only thing i would say is make sure you check the boot space.

Once you get the pushchair in the back you can struggle with space for things like the weekly shopping.
Clearly it does depending on the push chair, but we dont have anything huge - just a quinny 3 wheeler thing.
The space under the boot floor is useful for the kids changing bag and stuff like that.

The other issue (depends on how tall you are i guess) is if you have the seat back, once the child seat is fitted in, you do need to get use to being kicked!!!
Fortunately we only have one 2yo - so he sits on the passenger side.
 
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