For a vehicle with a compact footprint, there's a lot of usable seating and cargo space in the 2012 Audi Q5. Factor in the rich interior appointments and refined feel, and there's a plenty of upscale family appeal here.
You sit relatively high in the 2012 Q5, at least compared to passenger cars, with more than enough headroom and legroom in front, and the seats themselves are firm and adjustable to a wide range of sizes. You might not want the Panorama moonroof, though if you plan to carry tall passengers as it cuts into headroom.
Even in back, there's enough legroom for most adults, thanks to a rather long wheelbase. You skip the surprise legroom crunch of the A4 Avant, although just as in any compact crossover, you won't be able to fit three adults comfortably across.
There's enough cargo room for four roll-on suitcases and a clear view out the rear hatch glass. Small storage abounds, down to the 1-liter cup holders molded in all the doors, the console, and the fold-down armrest in the backseat.
Cabin materials are about the best they come in this class, with a rich, unified feel throughout and nice detailing. Furthermore, the Q5 has excellent build quality and a tight, refined feel overall--although road noise can be an issue and you'll hear the four-cylinder's coarse note when accelerating.