While there is some initial hesitation leaving stoplights, once underway the turbo-four proves smooth and adequately energetic. Shifts from the new transmission are quick and seamless, with responsive reactions to your right foot's demands.

Fuel economy looks to be considerably improved, with the EPA rating the new Q5 at 25 mpg combined vs. the previous car’s 22 mpg; the last Q5 achieved 21 mpg overall in our testing. We’ll measure that ourselves.

Although the ride has been made gentler, the Q5 doesn’t abandon its sporty pretense. You can feel the suspension’s underlying firmness at times, but it’s particularly adept at soaking up big bumps. Nimble handling makes the Q5 enjoyable to drive. Steering effort is on the lighter side.

If the Q5 isn’t snappy enough for you, there’s an SQ5 version with a new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 making 354 hp that’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

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