The interior of the Audi Q5 has a sporty look, its styling is elegant and light, and its controls – already intuitive and simple – have been further improved. The steering wheels have been redesigned – with four or three spokes in the Q design. A flat-bottomed steering wheel with a new multifunction key layout and shift paddles is available as an option. In controlling the automatic transmission from the gear selection lever, it is now easier to switch to the S program; this just requires a single button press.
The new, highly-efficient automatic air conditioning system also exhibits improvements. The optional seat heating and ventilation features can be adjusted over three levels directly from control keys. The displays on the center console are illuminated in white, the instrument needles have been upgraded, and the steering wheel stalks and ignition key have been redesigned.
The optional MMI navigation plus now performs its tasks with just four fixed keys for the Navigation, Telephone, Radio and Media areas. The volume dial has a skip function for advancing through song titles. Only one button is now needed to operate the Audi drive select dynamic handling system – another optional feature.
The front seats – both with height adjustment – offer excellent body motion control and support. An adjustable center armrest with a storage compartment and drink holders is standard. As an option, Audi can install electrically adjustable seats, with a memory function on the driver’s side, and four-way electric lumbar support. Seat heating is also an option for the rear outer seats.
The soft upholstered climate-controlled comfort seats with their perforated leather covers are an especially luxurious option. They can be ventilated over six stages by small fans. If the system detects that excessive cooling is occurring, seat heating is automatically activated. Sport seats with lumbar support and removable seat cushions are available as an alternative in the S line sport package, the Audi exclusive line and in some design packages.
All Q5 passengers enjoy plenty of space for head, arm, legs and feet, and vehicle entry is also very comfortable. The seatback angles of the rear bench seat can be adjusted over a range of 24 to 30 degrees, and the L-shaped head restraints hardly affect visibility in the interior mirror. Other options that make life in the vehicle more convenient are temperature-controlled drinks holders and a versatile storage package.
Material selection and usage reflect uncompromising quality thinking at Audi; the Q5 interior has been further refined. The panel on the instrument cluster is gray, and the insert on the center console around the automatic air conditioning panel and radio is high-gloss black. Controls for air conditioning and infotainment, the window lift buttons, air nozzles and mirror adjustment switches have elegant chrome rings.
Standard inlays in the Audi Q5 are plastic in monometallic platinum and truffle beige. Available options include aluminum and three qualities of wood: walnut burl balsamico brown, ash grain brown naturelle and the sophisticated wood veneer oak beaufort. Piano finish black, carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and six qualities of fine wood from the Audi exclusive program round out the available options.
Elegant: new interior colors
The interior color schemes are elegantly mixed – all of the color hues are new except black. Many elements of the seats, instrument panel and door trim are available in black, chestnut brown, titanium gray, pistachio beige or truffle beige. The carpet is black, steel gray or beige, the headlining is silver, beige or black. The combination black/mayan brown has been added for the seat upholstery.
As an alternative to cloth upholstery, Audi offers the leather qualities Milano and Fine Nappa as well as an Alcantara/leather combination. A wide variety of leather packages and combinations from the Audi exclusive program, including the top-quality Valcona, complete the lineup. For the headlining, Alcantara is available in two colors.
In the Audi exclusive program, there are other recommended customized interiors, including the Audi exclusive line. Its basic color is black, and the sport seats are upholstered in two-tone Fine Nappa leather. The center panels are alabaster white, cognac and cloudy gray.
The S line sport package immerses the interior in black. Seat cover choices are a cloth/leather mix, an Alcantara/leather combination and Fine Nappa leather; the seatbacks display embossed S line logos. Gray contrasting seams (not for Fine Nappa) provide visual highlights. Other fine details are found on the steering wheel, gear shift or gear selection lever and floor mats. Inlays are in matt brushed aluminum or piano finish black. The S line sport package is rounded out by sport seats, S line sport suspension, 19-inch wheels, badges on the car body and door sill trims as well as a stainless steel loading-sill protector.
Spacious: luggage compartment
The luggage compartment of the Audi Q5 offers a basic capacity of 540 liters (19.07 cubic ft); its load sill height is only 69 cm (27.17 in), and as a result closes almost flush with the cargo floor. The maximum load width measures 105 cm (41.34 in), and the maximum load length is 93 cm (36.61 in). It is easy to stow four golf bags in this space. The vehicle’s maximum payload is 580 kg (1278.68 lb). A partition net, 12-Volt power socket, folding bag hooks and four lashing points are standard features.
The size of the luggage compartment can be conveniently increased by latches in the side walls. When they are pulled, the split rear bench seatbacks – which are pretensioned by springs – automatically drop onto the seat cushions. If the levers are actuated while the seatbacks are down, they are lifted back up by about 45 degrees. The extended cargo space offers 1,560 liters (55.09 cubic ft) of capacity and a maximum load length of 170 cm (66.93 in).
Under the removable cargo floor there is an additional compartment for which a dirt-resistant tray can be ordered. Other optional features include an electric drive for the tailgate, a rail system with load-securing set and a reversible floor mat.
The optional rear bench seat plus offers up to 100 mm (3.94 in) longitudinal adjustment, and it comes with a load-through hatch for cargo; it can be supplemented by an optional bag for skis and snowboards. A front passenger seat with fold-down seatback is another option that increases cargo capacity significantly.
The accessories program offers many different racks for transporting bikes, kayaks, surfboards and skis. Depending on the engine, the Audi Q5 can tow trailers up to 2.4 metric tons in weight (on a 12 percent gradient).
The equipment and data specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.