My first Sunday off in five months – sad, but exciting – and Steve and I couldn’t wait to shake off the city, and enjoy some quiet time in the country. A loaner Audi Q5 – we’ll call her Audrey Mark II – put some zip into our road trip, so we headed for Victoria’s Spa Country and turned off just before Daylesford at the very sweet township of Trentham.
It was the perfect spot to escape the hustle, bustle and big crowds of Melbourne. We had a beautiful lunch there and pottered around town for a bit. Then, once we were suitably unwound, we decided to put Audrey Mark II through her paces by taking her off road. We headed to Mount Macedon and hit the trails and the Q5’s quattro all-wheel drive gave us such a smooth ride it was as if we’d never left the freeway.
My regular Q7 is so big that I feel like queen of the road in her, but the Q5 makes me feel part of the road – at one with the steering wheel and the super-comfy seats. I actually felt a bit like a rally car driver because the Q5 is so compact and nippy. She’s the perfect car for a couple of city slickers looking for a taste of adventure because you have the benefits of Autonomous Emergency Braking pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert, side assist, pre-sense rear and exit warning system to help keep you safe in the city, but with all the creature comforts like heated seats, the moon roof, voice control and virtual cockpit dash that puts your sat-nav right in front of your eyes.
She’s lovely to drive, and lovely to look at as well, which always scores highly in my book. The doors and controls have hidden lighting that creates beautiful silhouettes internally.
My free time at the moment is rare and precious and Audrey Mark II gave me and Steve the opportunity to have a perfect date, enjoying a taste of the country, stopping off at a winery on the way home, before making it home in time for dinner and an early night.
Disclosure: I’m a proud ambassador for Audi Barry Bourke.