Nice proportions, and a clean, cohesive look inside and out make the Q5 feel less like merely a downsized Q7 and instead more like a ground-up new design for those who want a vehicle that's taller and perhaps more versatile than the Audi A4 Avant (wagon).
From its big, rounded nose and LED-lit rear end, the Q5 walks a clean line between sport wagon and sport-utility. Its stance and height telegraph its all-around ability, but like the Volvo XC60, the take is carlike, subtle, and elegant, not upright and tough.
Just as in most other models from the Audi lineup, the Q5 has a lush but functional interior. There's a rather wide center console, clearly differentiating the driver and front passenger areas, cockpit style, yet the dash itself isn't all that curvy or claustrophobic--rather, it's more upright and forward, helping maximize a sense of space.
Audi frames it all in wood, leather, and metallic trim, wood. The combinations resolve well though there are lots of small buttons and controls.