The Q5’s seats are firm but supportive on long drives and there’s space for four tall adults to stretch out. The boot isn’t the biggest you’ll find in an SUV, but it’s still pretty large
The Audi Q5’s front seats are hugely comfortable and come with plenty of adjustment to help you feel at home even if you’re way over six-foot tall. Sport models and above come with four-way electric lumbar support as standard to help reduce backache on long journeys.
There’s plenty of head and legroom in the back seats so even your tallest friends should be reasonably comfortable. The seats themselves are more heavily sculpted than those in a Jaguar F-Pace or Mercedes GLC, too, which helps make long journeys as relaxing as possible.
For £350 you can add sliding and reclining rear seats that’ll flip down in a handy 40:20:40 split. If you slide them all the way forward they’ll boost the boot capacity by 20 per cent.
If you want to carry three abreast then your passengers will have to contend with a huge lump in the floor and a raised central seat that’s both thinner and harder than the outer two. Shoulder room is slightly tight but nowhere near as cramped as in a Jaguar F-Pace. Thankfully, there’s a reasonable amount of headroom, even with the optional £1,400 panoramic glass roof fitted.
The Audi Q5’s rear doors open fairly wide and its tall roofline helps make lifting in a child seat pretty easy. The Isofix anchor points on the two outer rear seats are clearly marked but those on the front passenger seat are, rather annoyingly, hidden away. The Audi Q5’s raised ride height means you won’t have to stoop down to strap in a child – even if you’re very tall.
The Audi Q5’s front and rear door bins are big enough to hold a one-litre bottle while its glovebox is fairly large, too. There’s a generous storage tray in the centre console with two USB ports and enough space to hide your phone or a few valuables.
Pick the optional £1,395 Technology Pack and you’ll get a sliding tray under the armrest that’ll both wirelessly charge your phone and keep it hidden out of sight – good for security but also to minimise distractions when you’re driving. There’s a second small slot beside the start button that’s too small for a phone but it’s the perfect place to pop the key fob. Rather annoyingly, there’s nowhere handy to store your designer shades.
You get an armrest for the rear seats as standard but you’ll have to pay an eye-watering £175 for a set of rear cupholders. You also get a lockable glovebox, a luggage net and a set of seat-back storage pockets as part of this optional Storage Pack, but the cupholders themselves look about as rugged as an origami swan.
The Q5’s interior provides a perfect blend of passenger, storage and boot space
You can fit 550 litres of luggage in the Audi Q5 with all its seats and the load cover in place – that’s identical to the Mercedes GLC and BMW X3 but lags behind the 650-litre Jaguar F-Pace. A baby buggy and a few large soft bags will fit with room to spare and the boot’s square shape means a set of golf clubs will slide in happily, too.
You’ll have to lift your luggage over a slight load lip in the Audi Q5 – unlike in the Mercedes GLC where the floor’s completely flat. There’s nowhere to store the Audi’s load cover, either, and you can’t adjust the boot floor height.
Levers in the boot make it easy to fold the rear seats down in a 60:40 split but you’ll have to give them a shove before they’ll sit completely flat. The boot grows to a roomy 1,550 litres with them pushed out of the way – that’s big enough to carry a bike without removing its wheels. Both the GLC and X3 have bigger 1,600-litre boots, however, while the F-Pace leads the field with its 1,740-litre load bay.
Audi offers a more practical 40:20:40 split rear seat bench for £350. This’ll allow you to carry long luggage, such as skis, and two rear passengers at the same time.