The 2010 Q5 sports the passenger room, cargo space, and quality construction that well-heeled buyers will appreciate-and demand-in their $38,000 crossover ute.
Though the Audi Q5 arrived fashionably late to the crossover showdown, Audi's timing "means that the late-arriving Q5 is formed from Audi's newest architecture, which also underpins the latest A4 sedan as well as the A5 and S5 coupes," Car and Driver points out. Motor Trend says, "Built on the new A4 platform but [is] longer, wider, and, of course, taller than the sedan; the Q5's dimensions are at or near top of class in every dimension except height." According to Edmunds, the Q5 is "182 inches overall, 74.8 inches wide and 65.2 inches high. It's a couple inches longer than a BMW X3, Land Rover LR2 and Mercedes-Benz GLK, roughly the same size as an Infiniti EX35 and Volvo XC60, and a handful of inches shorter than a Lexus RX 350."
"Of all its competition," says Edmunds, "the 2010 Audi Q5's 110.5-inch wheelbase is the longest, which helps maximize interior passenger volume. Indeed, the Q5 affords 101.5 cubic feet of living space, with 29.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the second seat and 67.3 cubic feet with the second seat folded." Motor Trend agrees that the Q5's size is largely responsible for its comfort: "The Q5 sits on a best-in-segment 9.22-ft wheelbase, a major contributor to the Q5's luxurious ride."
Most reviewers find great comfort in the Audi Q5's seats. Up front, there are few complaints. ConsumerGuide says the Q5 offers "cushy, supportive front seats feature standard 12-way power adjustments for increased comfort." Car and Driver does wish that "the front seats would tilt rearward a bit more and offer more thigh support, but the driving position is still commendable. The MotherProof reviewer is most impressed: "I sunk into the heated leather driver's seat and easily found my perfect driving position, thanks to the eight-way power adjustments with four-way lumbar support. The steering wheel both tilts and telescopes and has controls for Bluetooth and the audio system."
About the rear seats, MotherProof observes, "There's some minimal bolstering on the seats, but the bench is mostly flat, so installing rear-facing infant seats, child-safety seats and booster seats is super easy. Audi's famous, fabulous Latch connectors are right out in the open, no digging required." ConsumerGuide reports that, in back, "tilting and sliding 60/40 rear seats ease entry and exit and passenger comfort." Car and Driver notes "back-seat occupants will find a split folding bench that moves forward or backward to increase legroom; there is also a reclining backrest."
Ample storage space awaits those passengers-not only in the cargo hold, but in the bins and cubbies molded into the Q5's interior trim. ConsumerGuide observes the "Q5 has a wide-mouthed hatch and fairly low floor to ease cargo loading." However, they feel "small items storage is just OK and is comprised of a few cupholders, a smallish center console, a decent-sized glovebox, and removable underfloor bins behind the second row." MotherProof approves of the Q5's "roomy and flat," cargo area, which "comes with a hard, removable cargo cover."
The Q5 is standard-issue Audi, with impeccable build quality. Edmunds declares, "As always, the aesthetic experience is wonderful," as well as "the combination of high-quality, soft-touch materials," and "design architecture that doesn't try to visually intimidate you." Some powertrain noise is noted in a few reviews, and ConsumerGuide complains about the Q5's light wind noise: "the standard roof rails with removable crossbars induce an intolerable amount of wind noise at highway speeds. Without crossbars, wind noise isn't noticeable."