2014 Audi SQ5

Pros: Good selection of powertrains, including hybrid and diesel-engine models; crisp, athletic-for-the-class handling; convincingly upscale interior trimmings

Cons: Ride can get a bit stiff over sharp bumps; complicated control layout; prices rise quickly with options and higher-end models

CG Says: Though rivals have their attractions, the Q5 is a class standout for refinement and cargo/passenger versatility. Classy cabin appointments, sporty road manners, and Audi’s rising brand status are among other strong assets. The addition of a refined diesel-engine version and sporty SQ5 model for 2014 is a plus as well. Prices soar as you add options or move up the model hierarchy, leaving the entry-level 2.0T as the best dollar value and a capable all-rounder that should satisfy most buyers. Keep an eye on the options sheet, though, as expensive packages and standalone items quickly send the MSRP skyward.

2014 Audi Q5 TDI