Within Audi's extensive catalogue lies a fleet of family friendly Audi SUVs, the Q range. At first glance on the Audi website you're spoiled for choice but why does the Q2 have two models whilst the Q5 has four or five?
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Read on in our Audi SUV guide as we break down each group for you and what each model family offers whether you're looking for a family friendly SUV or an SUV that will give you an incredible performance.
The Audi Q2 is a subcompact luxury crossover SUV that has been a part of Audi's SUV range since 2016. Built on the VW Group's MQB A1 platform it shares many structural components with other models such as the SEAT Ateca and the VW T-Roc.
An entry level Q2 will give LED headlights, an operated tailgate, and a strong set of safety equipment that has helped it to receive a 5 star Euro NCAP rating. Although the smallest SUV in the Audi range it's still pretty roomy with 1029mm of headroom in the front seats, 967mm in the rear seats, and a boot space of 405 litres which expands to 1050 litres with the rearmost pair of seats folded.
The SQ2 was added to the range in 2018 and is a sportier version of the compact SUV. It differs with just one engine choice across three trim levels, all focused on the sporty aesthetic and powerful performance, and includes sports suspension, all wheel drive, and the SQ2 branded body styling.
The Volkswagen Group, parent company of Audi, announced in February 2022 that the Audi Q2 will be discontinued when the current generation model reaches the end of its lifecycle. This is so that Audi can shift its focus to larger premium SUVs and crossovers.
The Audi Q2 starts at £30,805 and the Audi SQ2 starts at £41,775.
The Audi Q3 family comprises of the Q3, Q3 TFSI e, Q3 Sportback, Q3 Sportback TFSI e, RS Q3, and RS Q3 Sportback. The original Q3 entered production in 2011, with the Sportback version arriving in 2019 and the TFSI e plug in hybrid in 2021.
The Sportback is lower, narrower, and longer than the classic Q3, more commonly referred to as a coupe SUV, but both provide a great amount of equipment. This includes Audi Virtual Cockpit, rear parking sensors, and extensive exterior body styling. The RS Q3 and RS Q3 Sportback
Opting for the plug in hybrid TFSI e will give you 31 miles of pure electric driving and power of 245PS alongside 17 inch alloy wheels, a power operated tailgate, and a 36 month subscription to Audi Connect Infotainment Services Plus.
The Audi Q3 has a five star safety rating from Euro NCAP which is applicable to all models except from the TFSI e variants. This is likely as the plug in hybrid version is a nearer addition to the line up and it just hasn't been tested yet.
The Audi Q3 range starts with the Q3 at £32,225, the Q3 TFSI e at £39,985, and the RS Q3 at £56,835.
The Audi Q4 e-tron was first introduced in 2021 and was the fourth fully electric model in Audi's range. It's currently the smallest of the electric SUVs in the Audi e-tron range, it's built on the VW Group's MEB platform which is specific for electric cars and is also used for other electric cars within the group such as the Cupra Born and the VW ID series.
Available as either a standard SUV or in the Sportback style you'll enjoy an electric range of 321 miles for the former or 328 miles in the latter under optimum driving conditions. Both are capable of a 5-80% charge in just 29 minutes with an ultra-rapid charging point meaning that you can get back on the road quickly.
You also have the option of the 40 e-tron which is two wheel drive or the 50 e-tron which offers all wheel drive, allowing you to tailor your electric SUV needs to whichever suits you best.
The Q4 E-tron has a a five star safety rating from Euro NCAP, valid across all model variations. This is supported by safety and driver assistance systems such as Audi Pre-Sense Front with pedestrian and cyclist detection, swerve and turn assist, and lane departure warnings.
The Audi Q4 e-tron starts at £50,625 and the Q4 e-tron Sportback starts at £52,125.
The Audi Q5 was introduced by Audi in 2008 with a second generation model reaching the market in 2016 and a facelift model following that in 2021. The update included updates to the grille, bumper side air intakes, side sill, and the rear trim. 2021 also saw the introduction of the Sportback variant.
There are two engine options, one petrol and one diesel, both with all wheel drive. The SQ5 gives you a 3.0 litre diesel all wheel drive engine with 341 PS and a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds.
Euro NCAP awarded a five star safety rating to the Audi Q5 which is supported by safety equipment including a pop-up bonnet for pedestrian protection, electronic stabilisation control with ABS, ASR, and EDL, multicollision brake assist, hill descent control, and a pre sense city system which uses the front camera to detect vehicles and pedestrians.
The Audi Q5 starts at £47,400, with the Q5 TFSI e starting at £54,390, and the SQ5 starts at £60,245.
The Audi Q7 is the original SUV in the Audi range. First unveiled in 2005 it's now in its second generation it had a facelift for the 2020 model year which introduced a redesigned grille, front and rear bumpers, new side sills, the chrome trim for the tailgate, and revised the exhaust tips.
Audi gives you the option of three 3.0 litre engines; two diesel and one petrol, all with mild hybrid technology and power ranging from 231PS to 340PS. If you're looking for even more performance then the SQ7 offers a 4.0 litre V8 petrol engine with 507PS.
The Audi Q7 is the only mode in the Audi line up to have seven seats, so if you've got a large or growing family then this is the option for you. It's also got isofix fittings for six child seats which makes it incredibly versatile for you and your passengers.
Euro NCAP gave the Audi Q7 a five star safety rating which is valid on all models and supported by excellent safety equipment including electronic stability control with ABS, ASR, and EDL, extended pedestrian protection measures, and parking system plus with a rear view camera.
The Audi Q7 starts at £61,570 and the Audi SQ7 starts at £82,890.
The self proclaimed "top model of the Q family" is the Audi Q8, launched in 2018. It's a sporty SUV with a high quality interior and multiple styles to choose from. In line with Audi's electrification plans they have also introduced the Audi Q8 e-tron, a fully electric version of the flagship SUV.
One of the most powerful Audi SUV options comes from the RS Q8. It's 4.0 litre engine produces a phenomenal 600PS that results in a 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.
The Q8 e-tron has a range of up to 330 miles with power of 408PS if you opt for the 55 quattro. This is paired with ultra rapid charging time of 28 minutes for 10-80% or 1 hour 16 minutes on a public rapid charging.
The Audi Q8 has received a five star safety rating from Euro NCAP, with the combustion engine models having standard safety equipment such as Audi Pre Sense Front, lane departure warning, hill-hold assist, and parking system plus.
The Audi SQ8 starts at £85,025, the RS Q8 starts at £112,165, and the Audi e-tron Q8 starts at £68,595.
The Audi SUV line up is expansive and definitely has an option for everyone regardless of the size of car you need, power train you're looking for, or equipment you need to have, especially as their offering of electric cars continues to grow.