After eight years on the market, the original Q5 from 2008 was starting to lose its edge, so come the second quarter of 2017, we’ll have this – the second generation Q5 – which retains everything everyone loves about the BMW X3 rival and gives it a comprehensive update.

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Unveiled at this month’s Paris Motor Show, the new Audi Q5 will reach UK roads early 2017, lighter and better-looking than before.

You wouldn’t think it upon first glance but the mid-size SUV is closely related to the A4 saloon. It sits on the same MLB platform – which also underpins the Q7 – and it uses a lot of the same engines and technology.

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It’s roughly the same size as the original Q5 but clever packaging has resulted in a more spacious interior. Exterior styling is more rugged than before, a measure intended to underline the car’s off-road prowess, with obvious callbacks to the Q7 and Q2, most notably at the front with an identical chrome singleframe grille.

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Audi claims it is one of the most aerodynamic cars in its class with a drag coefficient of 0,30, whilst wind noise and engine vibration are kept to a minimum.

Customers can choose between LED or high-resolution matrix LED headlights, as well as those gliding strip-light turn indicators you may have spotted on some of the newer Audis.

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In the cabin, there’s Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit, which sits in front of the driver behind the steering wheel, offering a variety of information from the essentials (current speed and rev counter) to sat-nav instructions, mpg, or what’s coming through the speakers at that very moment. For higher spec models, there’s a new head-up display that can project information straight onto the windscreen.

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Most of the Q5’s engine range is already available in the A4 such as a 249bhp two-litre petrol – returning 41.5mpg at 154g/km CO2 – while diesel drivers can choose between a two-litre TDI with 148-, 161- or 187bhp, or a three-litre unit with 282bhp.

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No word on UK pricing but you could get a vague idea with prices starting from just under £39,000 in its native Germany. You’ll be able to order one towards the end of the year with initial deliveries expected in spring 2017.

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