A cohesive take on the compact crossover, the Audi Q5 has some of the loveliest lines and spares us all the overuse of lines and details that shout "SUV" from the rooftops of some other crossovers. It's pretty, and it's elegant--it's almost an Allroad, for better or worse.
At the front, the Q5 adopts some of the light touch-ups applied to the rest of the A4/A5 family of vehicles. The grille is reshaped with some chamfers at the top corners, and the headlamps are slimmed down (and trimmed with LED daytime running lights, tube-style). Subtly curving, car-like roof lines tail off toward a rear end capped by new LED taillamps. It's rounded and somewhat blunt--to its core, German.
Audi frames all this in metallic trim, wood, and coordinated leathers and plastics to give the somewhat cluttered dash a unified look. About our only complaint about the design is that, at least directly around the driver--even with the MMI interface--there are a few too many buttons.