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Instead of waiting for the latest models to hit your local dealership and paying a small fortune to buy one, you could consider a used vehicle. In buying a model year older or two or with a few miles on it already, you can avoid taking that huge depreciation hit on upfront costs. And in many cases, you’ll still have a remaining factory warranty for protection.

If you had a luxury crossover in mind, there’s a roster of used Audi’s recently listed as a best buys for older models. In fact, you could drive home a 2019 Audi Q5 and have the best performance and luxury in a compact SUV. More importantly, you would have incredible value in your purchase because you won’t be paying an MSRP sticker price.

The 2019 Audi Q5 is a used top pick

U.S. News and World Report featured a roster of Audi vehicles that present great value as a used purchase. Savvy compact SUV buyers will want to take a closer look at the 2019 Audi Q5.

Making an appearance on this list, the Audi Q5 comes equipped with plush everything. You could have your pick of the four-cylinder engine or the high-performing SQ5’s twin-turbo V6. Either way, you’re in for a composed and luxurious ride for way less than a 2020 or 2021 model.

There are plenty of high-ranking awards and accolades

The 2019 Audi Q5 doesn’t just make this list of best used Audi’s. In its introduction year, it also earned head nods and accolades as a new ride. The Q5 was a finalist in the ‘2019 Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money’ contest.

It also earned the ‘Best Luxury Compact SUV for Families Award.’ Kelley Blue Book gave the 2019 Audi Q5 its Best Buy Award in the compact luxury SUV segment, as well.

You won’t miss a thing buying a 2019

Sometimes, buying an older model means compromising new tech enhancements or forgoing cool new features. But in the case of the 2019 Audi Q5, you won’t miss a thing. All-wheel drive comes standard across all three trim levels — Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige, according to Edmunds. And you’ll enjoy the upscale extras like a panoramic roof, heated leather seats, and LED headlights.

You can also get the must-haves like navigation, driver assistance features, and in-car Wi-Fi. The 2019 Audi Q5 will offer just as comfortable of a ride, with high-quality craftsmanship, as a new model.

Amazing value with used vehicle pricing

A 2019 Audi Q5 on display at an auto show
An Audi Q5 on display | Sergei FadeichevTASS via Getty Images

If winning awards and rating high with the critics doesn’t win you over, maybe the price points will. You can buy a 2019 Audi Q5 right now for $35,000 to $37,000, depending on the configuration and mileage (per CarGurus).

Starting MSRP for a 2021 model is $43,300, and you’ll spend up to $52,900 on higher trim levels. Save yourself the $10,000 or so, as well as the depreciation of buying new, by purchasing a 2019 model instead.

There are quite a few models listed across the vehicle buying sites right now, within those used ranges and under 20,000 miles. And adding to the value in the purchase price is the remaining factory warranties available on these used models. The 2019 Q5s may still have coverage left based on the four years or 50,000-mile benchmarks for basic and powertrain protections.

It’s a smart car-buying move to consider a used vehicle in any segment. But if luxury in a compact SUV is what you had in mind, the 2019 Audi Q5 is a great buy. You’ll have all the plushy extras you need, along with performance, safety, and tech, but without the hefty price tag.