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DoneDeal of the Week: This 2013 Audi Q5 has serious kerb appeal

And we’ve matched it up against the capable Toyota RAV4.

Image: Grange Motors Ltd.

LOOKING FOR A premium five-door SUV with all the added extras? Then this 2013 Audi Q5 for €34,950 could be the car for you.

The Audi Q5 is a handsome luxury compact SUV with a great cabin and plenty of room for five adults to travel long distances in comfort. It is a popular model with Irish buyers and it has plenty of kerb appeal.

This particular car we have here comes in S Line trim and looks the business especially with those 19-inch alloys and xenon lights.

Audi 2 Source: Grange Motors Ltd.

Inside, the cabin is very well made and the quality is great while the leather/Alcantara sports seats are nice and supportive as well as being comfortable. Great for long motorway drives.

Source: Grange Motors Ltd.

Power comes from a 143hp 2.0-litre TDI unit mated to a manual transmission, which sends power to the front wheels. This entry-level engine provides adequate power and is quite refined.

Source: Grange Motors Ltd.

The Audi Q5 handles really well considering its height and bulk and there isn’t much body roll when cornering. The steering is nicely weighted and provides a decent amount of feedback, too.

Overall, the Q5 is refined, with little in the way of wind or road noise at speed.

Toyota RAV4

If you are looking for a car that is a bit more practical with all-wheel drive and an automatic instead of a manual transmission, then this 2015 Toyota RAV4 priced €38,500, is worth considering.

Source: Kellys Sales and Service Dealer

Although more expensive than the Audi, the RAV4 is a newer car and has fewer kilometres on the clock. However, it is less exciting to drive and lacks the desirability of the Audi badge.

Source: Kellys Sales and Service Dealer

This car is powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine, which offers plenty of torque and is great for towing. It also has four-wheel drive. So it is perfect for driving through grassy fields and muddy country lanes.

Source: Kellys Sales and Service Dealer

This car is very spacious and practical. The rear seats split 60/40 and tilt, slide and fold down to give a completely flat loading area, which is very handy. The seats are easy to manoeuvre thanks in part to levers in the boot area – which itself is very big and can hold 547 litres with the seat up.

There is an extra 100 litres of storage under the floor.

Source: Kellys Sales and Service

So if you are looking for a high spec, classy compact SUV with a premium cabin, decent road manners and refined engine, then the Audi Q5 is for you. However, if you are looking for something with a bit more power, more space and all-wheel drive, then the Toyota RAV4 is the car for you.

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