AUDI'S Q5 is the German company's most popular SUV even though it is up against some premium opposition.
Since it first arrived back in 2008 more than 1.6 million of them have been sold globally and in late spring the second generation model was launched to keep the momentum going.
The Q5 is the right size for a family SUV - big enough to carry five people and a sizeable amount of luggage - but small enough to be relatively easy to park and navigate city streets.
It may not look hugely different from the model it replace but the new Q5 is all-new and although it is slightly larger - it is considerably lighter - tipping the scales at 90kg less.
This means it is both more fuel efficient and nimble and it is also crammed with all the latest technology you would expect in a premium product.
The newcomer looks great in the test car's Navarra Blue and in 2.0-litre TDI quattro form with 190ps on tap and featuring S line trim and an S tronic gearbox it costs £39,405 with £645 to be added on for the paintwork.
It looks sharper and more stylish than the previous Q5 and its smooth diesel engine can take you to 135mph and tackles the sprint to 62mph in 7.9 seconds.
The seven-speed S tronic gearbox delivers smooth changes and you can also use paddles to change things if you want more involvement.
With 19-inch alloys fitted the claimed combined consumption figure is 55.4mpg but expect to get a good bit less in real conditions - I averaged just over 46mpg.
As with most Audis the cabin is the real star and is superbly built and crafted. The materials are all good quality and the sport seats in leather/Alcantara offered real comfort.
Boot space has been increased to 550 litres, increasing to 1,550 litres with the rear seats collapsed and an electric tailgate is now standard.
Xenon headlights with LED running lights and LED tail light ahd the test car came with numerous options including the Audi Virtual Cockpit, taking the total cost to a hefty £45,210.
The Q5 features all the latest safety equipment and driving aids and although it is certainly not an off-roader, it will handle adverse weather conditions and minor rough stuff thanks to its four-wheel-drive system.
Handling and ride quality are impressive and the Q5 is a fine motorway cruiser but is equally happy on country roads.