A small footprint doesn't keep the Q5 from delivering big, useful interior space. The well-packaged interior makes the most of its softly rounded shape, providing four adults with more than enough space and flexibility for themselves and for their cargo.
In its bright, nicely finished cabin, the Q5 shows a fine eye for details and interior trims. The fit and finish in test-driven examples has been exemplary. The Q5 exudes refinement, except possibly for some road noise.
It also delivers a high, commanding seating position for its front two passengers, and seats with firm bolsters and fine adjustment, and an option for heating and ventilation. Most drivers will be able to find a comfortable way to sit, given the power choices and a tilt/telescope steering wheel. A panoramic sunroof cuts into headroom, sure, but gives the cockpit an airy ambience.
The Q5's back bench can carry two adults with more leg room than the Allroad wagon, but three adults won't fit across. The rear seat can move to and fro on a track, and its seatbacks have a recline function for better long-distance comfort. They fold almost flat to expand cargo space from around 29 cubic feet to more than 57 cubic feet. Elsewhere inside the Q5, small-item storage covers everything from the deep console to the 1-liter bottle holders molded into the door panels.