As Audi’s second SUV in its line-up, the Q5 sits between the smaller Q3 and the huge Q7. It’s not as sporty looking as the Q3, and it’s more likely to be taken off-road than the long Q7 – and Audi’s somewhat muted colour palette shows it.
Audi offers a total of 15 colour choices for the Q5, as well as expensive Audi Exclusive paints and an even-more-expensive customised colour option. To help you find the perfect shade we’ve pulled together all the colours and a photo of each. Let’s get started…
For the Q5, there are two standard no-cost colours, 12 optional colours, and one colour you can only get on S-Line models. The list starts with the non-metallic standard options which don’t add to the price of the vehicle, and progresses through metallic to pearlescent (adding £615).
Non metallic colours
These no-cost option colours lack the shine of their metallic and pearlescent counterparts, but if you are looking for a no-frills option, these two paints are worth a look.
Ibis White (£0)
This non-metallic version of white isn’t pure white, and has a very small hint of cream/off-white in it. On the Audi Q5, it looks good, and makes it look very Q7-like. It’s a solid colour, so don’t expect too much of shine from this one. If you’re looking for metallic shine, you can always buy the more premium-looking Glacier metallic paint.
Brilliant Black (£0)
The other colour available as standard is Brilliant Black. Much like the white, it looks good too, but the lack of metallic finish means that there could have been more shine. And being black, it has a tendency to attract dust easily, so unless you’re someone who cleans your car everyday, we suggest skipping this one.
Available as premium options, the metallic colours on the Audi Q5 are bound to exhibit a greater shine than the solid colours, made possible with the help of the embedded metal flakes in the paint.
Floret Silver (£615)
Inconspicuous but simple, the metallic shade of silver called Floret silver is good for those who want a no-nonsense paint on the Q5. The shade complements the size of the Q5 although it’s won’t turn any heads.
Mythos Black (£615)
This metallic black paint looks better than the non-metallic Brilliant Black. It shines more, but will need frequent cleaning. The small advantage this paint offers over the non-metallic version is that small scratches aren’t as easily visible on this one.
Teak Brown (£615)
This dark shade of brown has a premium look to it, but we would suggest you have a look at one in person before choosing it. Brown has always received polarising responses, and this is no different. If this brown doesn’t tickle your fancy then take a look at Maya Brown, below.
Glacier White (£615)
The metallic shade of white looks slightly different from Ibis White, and could be the preferred choice if you’re looking for something close to pure white. As we mentioned, Ibis White has a touch of off-white in it, while Glacier White is certainly lighter.
Monsoon Grey (£615)
This handsome-looking shade of metallic grey looks good on the Q5. It’s lighter than Daytona grey (an S-line-only paint), and the contrasting black surfaces on the bumpers and grille make it stand out.
Moonlight Blue (£615)
This dark shade of blue could be worth a look if you want a subdued-looking Q5 but don’t want a black one. This one shines a lot but you’ll be disappointed if you’re expecting a pure blue shade. If that’s the case, we suggest you check out Scuba blue.
Scuba Blue (£615)
Out of the three shades of blue available on the Q5, Scuba Blue is the… bluest. It is lighter than both Moonlight Blue and Utopia Blue, and we think it makes the Q5 look a little sporty in bright sunlight.
Volcano Red (£615)
Like Scuba Blue, Volcano Red is another colour that makes the Q5 stand out. This bright but deep shade of red works wonders for the Q5, especially if you want yours to look sporty. It is darker than Audi’s Misano Red though, which isn’t offered on the Q5 but is a common colour on the A3.
Maya Brown (£615)
The second shade of brown available for the Audi Q5 is Maya Brown, and it is certainly more polarising than Teak Brown. Don’t let that stop you from checking this colour out – you don’t see many in this colour on the road and in bright sunlight it does look intriguing. We would still suggest checking it out in person before speccing your Q5.
Cuvee Silver (£615)
If you want your Q5 to be silver but find Floret silver a bit common, then you should try Cuvee Silver. It looks better than Floret, and manages to stay distinguished as well. Problem solved.
Utopia Blue (£615)
One of the newer shades in the Q5′s armoury, Utopia Blue is a rare sight on British roads. It’s certainly not a pure blue, thanks to an almost denim grey tint, so we’d go for Scuba Blue if you want a bold colour on your Q5.
Pearlescent paints change colour slightly depending on the angle of the light reflecing off the car. There are two such options available for the Audi Q5, and they’re both grey.
Lava Grey (£615)
Lava Grey is shinier than Monsoon Grey, and its pearl effect certainly helps. Depending on where the light source is, this colour varies between light and dark grey, and on the whole looks good on the Q5. Not necessarily a must-have choice, and it’s worth trying to see a Lava Grey car side-by-side with Monsoon Grey one before you decide. There’s another grey available on the Q5 but it’s limited to the S-line models. It’s called Daytona Grey and it’s up next…
Daytona Grey (£615)
Lighter than Lava Grey but very close to Monsoon Grey in terms of colour intensity, Daytona Grey is another good option for the Q5. If you opt for an S-line model and plan to settle for a shade of grey, we’d pick this one – it shimmers more and has a bit of a liquid look.
Audi Exclusive colours (£1,762)
If the 15 colour choices above don’t suit you, there are always Audi Exclusive paint options. This adds 100-or-so colours to the Q5′s palette, samples of which are available at Audi dealerships. They cost from £1,762, so if you aren’t going to retain the car for a long time, investing in one doesn’t make sense.
Apart from these, you can order a custom paint too. For that, you need to choose a paint and send it to Audi for approval. If they find it feasible, they’ll paint your new car in that specific colour. This is available only metallic and pearl-effect paints, and expect to pay at least £2,179 for the paint job.