2014 Audi Q5 Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

By definition a compact utility vehicle, the Audi Q5 crossover extracts very good passenger space from a relatively small footprint. 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.

Inside, the Q5 delivers a bright, richly finished cockpit with a fine eye to details and to choices for interior trim. The build quality has been uniformly excellent in the most recent few examples we've driven, and although road noise is more present in four-cylinder models, the Q5 carries itself with the refined feel that comes from a tight body structure.

Good interior room and supportive seats are complemented by the Q5's fine attention to detail.

The driver and front passenger have a commanding view of the road ahead from very comfortable standard seats; the Comfort package's heating and ventilation aren't too soft to retain that support. With the range of adjustments available from power seats and tilt/telescoping steering wheel, finding an excellent driving position is easy. We might pass on the panoramic sunroof if head room was an extreme concern, but it lets in so much light, those tall family members will have to be frequent travelers.

Even in the back seat, there's enough legroom for most adults, thanks to a rather long wheelbase. The tight legroom of the A4-based Allroad isn't a factor here, 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.

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