There's no shouting of "SUV" from the Audi Q5's rooftop. It's a handsome, elegantly spare crossover, without any hint of trendy, momentary appeal.
We tend to think of the Q5 as a bigger cousin of the Allroad wagon, than as a smaller counterpart to the Q7 SUV. The Q5 is just a bit more blunt and a bit taller than the Allroad, and with its slimmer headlamps and LED taillamps, the resemblance has never been stronger.
There's a similar simplicity at work in the cabin. It's drama-free, and devoid of anything short of lovely materials. Audi does interiors uncommonly well and this is no exception. The center console creates a big divide between the front seats, but it's not a wall. The dash and console, their upright design, actually gives the Q5 a better sense of space.
Audi stocks the cockpit with lots of switches and buttons, but it wraps it all in suede and leather and wood, which brings the cabin together in a nicely understated way.