Quality » 9
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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
the suspension does a great job keeping the two-ton Q5's body motions in check
its family-friendly sliding rear seat is the only one of its kind among luxury crossovers of this size
The cargo floor’s height makes loading items easy—although it’s not yet as manageable as a station wagon’s
Car and Driver
has the interior luxury for which Audi is revered
The Q5 is a compact crossover, and one with a relatively small footprint. It's packaged quite well, with great room for four adults and luggage, and the flexibility to handle other scenarios with aplomb.
The driving position is high and commanding in the Q5, and the standard seats are exceptionally comfortable, with excellent support from all angles. Head and leg room are ample and the range of adjustability with the power front seats and telescoping/tilting wheel is wide enough for most drivers. Skip the panoramic sunroof if you want to spare taller passengers some head room, but it's not as vital an issue as in, say, a Range Rover Evoque.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-based Allroad, although just as in any compact crossover, you won't be able to fit three adults comfortably across the second-row bench seat. The rear seat slides on a track, and the seatbacks recline for better touring comfort--while they also fold down for more cargo space.
With the seats folded, the Q5 moves from about 29 cubic feet to more than 57 cubic feet of storage space. 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 on four-cylinder models, you'll hear the engine hit a coarse note or two when accelerating.
With the sensibly sized Q5, Audi has a good combination of passenger space and cargo room.