What's the space like inside?
Expectations are always high when you jump inside an Audi. The German brand has a solid reputation for premium materials, build quality and interior design.
This generation of Q5 went on sale back in 2017, and it’s showing its age inside compared to some of its newer stablemates like the Q3 and e-tron SUVs. The Q5’s dash lacks the integrated double screens and edgy styling flourishes of those models. Instead, the 9.0-inch multimedia screen juts up from the top of the dash and looks tacked on.
There’s little wrong with the infotainment system itself, with a simple menu that doesn’t overwhelm the user and the ability to swipe from side to side for different functions. It’s a shame Audi ditched the central infotainment controller housed in the console. It’s now touchscreen only.
Audi’s brilliant Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster is still the best in the business. Users can select different views, and it has a navigation display.
You’ll never leave your phone in the car again, thanks to Audi’s handy warning. Just as you’re about to exit the vehicle, an audio message states, “Your mobile phone is still in the vehicle.”
Storage is a strong point, with not one but three spots to hold your mobile phone, including the wireless charger in the central storage bin. There’s no faulting the quality of the cabin materials, and the look and feel of the switchgear and stubby gear shifter is spot on.
The Q5’s chunky leather three-spoke steering wheel has easily identifiable controls, but it’s a shame the cruise buttons are housed on an additional stalk behind the wheel rather than on the wheel itself.
The leather-appointed seats with contrast white stitching feature a cool pattern. The seats are well-bolstered and supportive but on the firmer side of comfortable.
We spent a decent stint in the rear seats, which are also supportive thanks to some bucketing. The second row has a central armrest with cup holders, and the seats split 60/40.
Rear seat passengers have access to climate controls, knee-level air vents, map pockets and large bottle storage, while large windows ensure plenty of light gets in.
Most occupants will find ample headroom and more than enough toe and legroom.
Boot capacity of 520 litres with all seats in place is decent for the segment. It’s more than the Volvo XC60 (505L) but a bit less than the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC (550L). The Q5 comes with a space-saver spare wheel.