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What is the best Audi SUV?

With so many options, finding your next Audi SUV can be difficult, so here are the best you should consider

a dark blue audi q5 driving on a country road

Choosing a used Audi SUV can be a daunting task.

There are so many things to think about, from deciding which ‘Q’ model to go for to the varying trim levels and spec options available.  

The best way to go about it is by breaking down the best Audi models and looking at each SUV’s strengths, which is precisely what we’ve done. 

So, whether you’re after a mid-sized petrol SUV or an all-electric SUV, Audi has you covered.

Audi Q3

A blue Audi Q3 photographed from a side angleThe Audi Q3 is a mid-sized luxury SUV that closely rivals the BMW X1 and Ford Kuga.

Thanks to its sharp and modern looks, it’s one of the most attractive SUVs you can buy. 

It’s also a great choice for families wanting an SUV with large boot space, with 530 litres and up to 1,525 litres when the rear seats are folded flat. This makes it wildly practical for all buyers.

It’s quick too, with the top-spec RSQ3 model producing 400hp and 480Nm of torque from its 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine.

This – and its seven-speed automatic gearbox – help it go from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds and then on to a top speed of 155mph. 

It’s a car that anyone can buy and enjoy, but if you could do with more space than you get in a hatchback, then this is the Audi SUV for you. 

Audi Q2

a grey audi q2 driving along a wet roadThe Audi Q2 is one of those small SUVs that’s easy to drive and packed full of high-tech features.

It stands out because it’s essentially a hatchback on stilts, but benefits from the practicality of a larger SUV model. 

Its boot measures 405 litres and grows to 1,050 litres when the rear seats are folded flat, making it very practical and ideal for small families. 

Some of its best tech features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are linked with the Virtual Cockpit screen in front of the driver so you can see all the information you need without taking your eyes off the road. 

Another standout feature of the Q2 is its safety rating, sitting at a full five stars following its most recent Euro NCAP crash test.

This is thanks to impressive safety features such as all-around airbags, ISOFIX child seat points and automatic emergency braking.

Audi Q8 e-tron

a dark blue audi e-tron driving on a country roadIf you fancy a slightly different vibe – an electric vibe – then the Audi Q8 e-tron (formerly known as the e-tron) is the SUV to have.  

It doesn’t look like a spaceship in the way some of its rivals do, and instead blends in with the crowd – something we can appreciate as cars become increasingly more futuristic. 

The standard ‘50’ version is powered by a 64kWh battery that offers 197 miles of range. The 50’s electric motors produce 313hp, allowing it to accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds. 

Step up to the 55 model and you get 408hp and a quicker 0-62mph sprint of 5.7 seconds. More importantly, its larger 86kWh battery gets you up to 254 miles of range – a big improvement over the standard model. 

Being an SUV, you also get plenty of space. There’s tonnes of space in the back, making it ideal for families and those who need the added room for friends.  

You also get a large 569-litre boot that grows to 1,637 litres when the rear seats are folded.

Audi Q7

A grey Audi Q7 driving on a country roadThe Audi Q7 is the largest SUV the brand makes, which means it’s best suited to large families who can benefit from its colossal storage capacity and seven-seat layout. 

The comfort is a given because it’s an Audi, but the rear boot space is where the Q7 excels. It measures 770 litres and grows to a massive 1,955 litres when you fold the rear seats. 

It’s the closest thing you can get to a Range Rover in terms of quality and size without forking out the big bucks. 

Audi Q8

A white Audi Q8 driving down a countryside road at sunset Despite having a higher number, the Q8 is actually smaller than the Q7, but it's more appealing to sports SUV enthusiasts. 

This is because it looks sporty, especially in its RSQ8 form, and gives you a sports coupé-like feel without having to fork out for a Range Rover Sport SVR. 

As you move inside, you’ll be greeted by a plush leather interior that puts it right up with some of the most luxurious SUVs money can buy. 

You should buy an Audi Q8 if you have a large family and want to be the coolest parent on the school run, because it’s one of the best family cars you can buy.  

It isn’t the cheapest, but you have to pay a little more for quality sometimes.

Audi Q5

a dark blue Audi Q5 PHEV driving on a road in the snowThe Audi Q5 is a practical, well-sized family SUV that will do anything you ask of it. It can be had with either a petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid, making it versatile too. 

Inside, it’s jam-packed full of the latest and greatest features including a superb driver’s display that’s mated to Audi’s MMI infotainment system, which benefits from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

All of this is accessed through its 10.1-inch central touchscreen. Opt for the added Technology Pack Pro and you can get a powerful Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, rear USB charging, panoramic sunroof, a 360-degree parking camera, and electronically adjustable seats. 

What is the fastest Audi SUV model? 

a silver audi q7 v12 tdi parked on a salt flatTrying to find the best sporty Audi cars? The fastest Audi SUV is the RSQ8, which also happens to be the fastest SUV around the famous Nürburgring, boasting a lap time of seven minutes and 42.2 seconds – faster than a first-generation R8 V10 around the same circuit. 

It’s able to do this thanks to its 4.0-litre V8 engine, which produces 591hp and 800Nm of torque.

It’s by far the most powerful SUV model Audi makes, but it did once make something a bit silly. 

Back in 2009, the Audi Q7 V12 TDI was born, which saw a standard Q7 equipped with a massive diesel 6.0-litre V12 engine that produces around 500hp and a massive 1,000 Nm of torque.

You’ll be lucky to find one, but it’s nice to know Audi made the effort all those years ago. 

A banner reading 'Top tips, faff free. Sign up for reviews, advice and more'What is the most affordable Audi SUV?

The cheapest Audi SUV is predictably the smallest: the Q2. It may not have as much boot space as the Q7 or be as quick as the Q8, but it’s certainly a great option if you’re stepping up from a hatchback. 

It offers plenty of cabin space and some efficient engines, and it’s surprisingly fun to drive for its size. 

Which is the most spacious of the Audi SUVs? 

This is easily the Q7 because of its massive rear boot and seven-seat arrangement. This makes it incredibly appealing to larger families, and with the diesel engine, you won’t need to worry about it not being able to keep up. 

The next up would be the Q8, which offers a sportier ride, followed by the Q5, which is the best size for most people.