The Q5 isn’t a cheap car – no Audi crossover is, and the Q5 sits right in the sweet spot of the market where it competes with models such as the BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Volvo XC60, all of which command premium prices and are increasingly popular choices on company car lists.
As a result you’re looking at 55 grand as an entry-level, though in reality no Q5 will be that cheap. As soon as you’ve glanced at the options list and added some essentials - the basic spec is quite miserly - you’ll be on £60k easily. Of course, very few are sold at to private buyers for the full amount (with company cars being the most popular, followed by private finance) so the price list is little more than a paper exercise that you’ll then crunch into a monthly figure, where it sits competitively in its class.
As with all plug-in hybrids, the running costs depend on how you use it. If you’re commuting less than 26 miles a day during the week and plugging it in overnight, then you’re looking at a couple of quid a day in charging and that’s it – but take it on a long journey without the battery charged and you’ll be lucky to crack 28mpg on petrol power alone – a long way behind the 108mpg quoted by Audi as the official WLTP figure.
Insurance in group 40-42 depending on spec, which is about average for a premium SUV. Sadly, they’re not cheap cars to insure as the cost of repair and risk of theft is greater than with more conventional models.