Audi Q5 interior
Everything in the Q5’s roomy cabin looks great and feels solid. It’s a shame the fantastic Virtual Cockpit display doesn’t come as standard, however
The Audi Q5 interior makes a fantastic first impression. It’s a truly lovely place to sit thanks to its slick, minimalist design and sturdy materials that feel like they could outlast the pyramids.
The soft plastics, unpolished wood and metal trims make it look more exciting than the drab BMW X3 and it feels more upmarket than the slightly chintzy Mercedes GLC. The only thing letting the side down is a chunk of cheap hard plastic around the heating and ventilation controls.
Every Audi Q5 come with leather seats as standard but S line versions come with more supportive sports seats trimmed in leather and suede-like Alcantara. Cold-to-the-touch aluminium trims help it stand out from entry-level models, too.
A seven-inch infotainment screen comes as standard, but you can fit Sport and S line models with a comprehensive Technology Pack with a larger eight-inch display and a huge 12-inch Virtual Cockpit screen that replaces traditional dials. It’s well worth saving up for – it helps make the Audi Q5’s infotainment system one of the best on the market.
A huge panoramic glass roof is a rather expensive option on all models while four-way lumbar support is standard on all but entry-level SE cars – where it’s a relatively affordable option.
The Audi’s rock-solid interior feels like it was produced by a stonemason rather than assembled by robots in a factory
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You’ll find the Audi Q5’s standard infotainment system pretty easy to use. Its seven-inch display is bright, clear and crisp. Skipping through menus using the scroll wheel on the centre console is very nearly as intuitive as BMW’s iDrive system and helps you keep your eyes on the road when driving.
Audi Q5 Sport models and above come with satellite navigation as standard. Its various menus are sensible and easy to navigate and the optional Technology Pack lets you enter a postcode by writing numbers and letters on a dedicated touchpad with your finger. The system will calculate three different routes at once, too, based on total distance, journey time and fuel usage.
If you don’t fancy using Audi’s own sat-nav, all Q5s come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring as standard – unlike the BMW X3. This means you can use your phone’s navigation and music streaming apps – among others – through the Q5’s central display.
For the full high-tech experience, however, you’ll need to pay extra for a top-spec Vorsprung model or fork out for the optional Technology Pack. This brings with it a 12-inch display behind the steering wheel which replaces old-fashioned dials. You also get a larger eight-inch central display instead of the standard car’s seven-inch screen, wireless smartphone charging and a built-in hard drive for storing your music.
This extra screen makes it a breeze to quickly glance down at sat-nav directions or view high-resolution Google Maps in glorious full-screen. You can easily tweak the display using buttons on the steering wheel and it’s bright enough to be clearly visible, even in direct sunlight.
Every Audi Q5 comes with a 10-speaker stereo with a subwoofer and 180W amp as standard. It sounds great and makes the optional Bang and Olufsen upgrade seem a little unnecessary.