The interior of the new Audi Q5 is a feel-good lounge with generous space. It surpasses the previous model in most dimensions. Shoulder width at the front and rear seats, headroom front and rear and maximum knee room and elbow room at the rear have all grown. The new SUV distances itself from all of its rivals in the premium segment in important criteria – shoulder width and elbow room.
Progressive and elegant: interior design
The interior lines reinforce an impression of airy expansiveness. It focuses on horizontal elements, which follows its exterior design. The interior of the new Q5 has a progressive and elegant feel; its clear forms and intuitive functions harmonize ideally with one another – which is typical Audi.
The “wrap-around” develops from the door panels and runs across the front of the instrument panel – it encloses the interior and creates a feeling of spaciousness. A clear focus on the driver results in a partitioning of the driver and front passenger zones.
The upper zone of the front cockpit contains the air vents, and a distinctive trim strip in aluminum look frames them. Beneath this trim strip is a sculpturally formed trim panel that is rich in facets. It runs across the full width of the instrument panel and thereby reinforces the feeling of generous space. With its distinct edges, the panel conveys the image of strength and ruggedness.
The recesses for the door handles are embedded directly in the handles – another expression of cool elegance and formal integration. The interior door release handles and door pockets, on the other hand, are designed very sculpturally – which is also typical of an Audi SUV.
The steering wheels have been redesigned – the extremely compactly folding driver’s airbag makes a small impact absorber possible. All of the steering wheels have a leather-trimmed rim, three spokes and multifunction buttons, but their design details vary widely. Options are multifunction plus with 14 buttons, the sport contour with a flat bottomed rim, chrome trim on the open lower spoke and a heated steering wheel rim.
Operation that is fun: automatic air conditioning
The control panel for the automatic air conditioning also has a clearer layout – particularly the optional deluxe automatic air conditioning, in which the temperature indicators are integrated into the rotary knobs. When the user’s finger approaches one of the capacitive rocker switches, its function is shown enlarged on the LCD display and is preselected. With the deluxe automatic air conditioning, the interior of the new Audi Q5 can be partitioned into three climate zones; the rear passengers can use their own control panel.
The deluxe automatic air conditioning and standard single-zone air conditioning have been re-designed from the ground up. Energy usage is kept low by efficient solutions in the blower motor and in the coolant loop as well as by intelligent control. Air quality inside the new Audi Q5 is very high – a combination activated charcoal filter captures the finest of dust particulates, and it chemically binds gases and unpleasant odors. The low noise level rounds out the deluxe image of the air conditioning.
An optional auxiliary heater is available for the winter. It heats up the interior very quickly. It may be activated by a timer function or from the remote control key. In conjunction with the Audi connect package “safety & service” and the free Audi MMI connect app, the auxiliary heater can be controlled remotely from a smartphone. In the summer, the same control options can be used to ventilate the car interior before driving off; this reduces the interior temperature significantly.
The choice between summer or winter preconditioning cases is made automatically. A heated windshield is available as an option. It comes without any annoying wires – there is an extremely thin layer of silver between two glass layers which can be heated. It is also very beneficial in the summer, because it insulates against heat radiation.
Completely redeveloped: the seats
The seats in the new Audi Q5 have been redesigned from the ground up – based on the principles of strict lightweight design. High-strength steels in the underbody reduce weight, and magnesium components and a light wire frame are used for the rear bench. The sport seats (standard in the sport equipment line) have a smart, cubism look with their sharply contoured side bolsters and shoulder section that is made up of three segments. A removable seat cushion is standard with this option, and a power lumbar support is also available as an option.
The options program for the front seats is highly varied. It includes heating – optionally for the rear seats too –, power adjustments for the driver’s seat or both front seats, a memory function, a pneumatic lumbar support with massage function and ventilation that is adjustable over three stages. As an option, the head restraints can also be adjusted regarding the distance from the back of the head.
A central armrest in front, large door pockets and two cup holders are standard in the new Audi Q5. The optional storage and luggage compartment package contains such features as a movable compartment on the console over the middle tunnel and a rear center armrest with two cup holders and a folding compartment.
The rear seat system, which has a standard 40:20:40 split, offers a pleasant, upright seat position. As an option, its two large segments each have around twelve centimeters of longitudinal adjustment. In addition, the rear passengers can adjust the angles of their seat backs over three stages.
Uncompromising: the quality of craftsmanship
In the interior of the new Q5, all materials have been selected and processed with the greatest care – as is always the case at Audi. The chrome trip strips and trim panels are fitted with zero play. All seams are extremely narrow and parallel to one another, the rotary/pushbutton control of the MMI system has highly precise click steps – its quiet clicking is the sound of Audi perfection.
As an alternative to the standard interior lighting, there are two versions – the ambient light package with white LEDs (standard in the design line) and the multicolored ambient light package (standard in the design selection line). In the top version, narrow LED light conductor strips above the trim strips in the door and on the instrument panel create impressive illumination effects. The door trim panels are also illuminated. Under the center console, the surface lighting creates a hovering effect. The lighting zones can be controlled from the MMI, and their color can be individually selected from 30 different hues. As an alternative, the color profile can be set to follow the driving mode selected in the Audi drive select system.
High degree of customization: colors and materials
The colors and materials for the interior have been reconfigured; the broad range of choices ensures a lot of freedom for personalization. For the instrument panel, black and granite gray are available as colors. In the design selection line, it can be subdivided into two color zones in combination with atlas beige, rock gray or granite gray.
The range of upholstery materials and colors is just as broad. The seat upholstery can be ordered in black, rock gray, granite gray, rotor gray, atlas beige or nougat brown. As an alternative to the standard cloth material, there are combinations of cloth and pearl Nappa leather, leather and artificial leather or pearl Nappa leather and Alcantara. Ranging above these are the pure leather upholstery options – here there are the grades Milano and fine Nappa (only for sport seats), the latter with contrasting seams and piping. The extra leather package incorporates the arm rests in the doors and knee pads on the center console.
Exclusive: S line sport package and design selection
In the S line sport package, the color black or rotor gray dominates. The sport seats are upholstered with a combination of pearl Nappa and cloth; options include embossed pearl Nappa/Alcantara or fine Nappa leather with diamond pattern. The front seatbacks are embossed with the S logo. The sport contour leather steering wheel, illuminated door sill trims and fenders all bear S logos. Stainless steel pedals and foot rests and a black headlining round out the image. 19-Inch wheels and the sport suspension stand for dynamic handling.
Another highlight of the new Audi Q5 is the design selection line. Here the instrument panel is finished in either black or granite gray or a combination of granite gray and atlas beige.
Upholstery materials correspond to those of the S line sport package, but without the diamond pattern. The multicolored ambient lighting package, illuminated door sill trims, a leather package, contoured sport steering wheel and 19-inch wheels complete the design selection features.
Spacious and flexible: the luggage compartment
The new Audi Q5 offers up a large luggage capacity – with 550 liters (19.4 cu ft) of volume in the base configuration, it surpasses the previous model by 10 liters (0.4 cu ft). In conjunction with the sliding rear seats, the luggage compartment grows up to 610 liters (21.5 cu ft), depending on the positions of the rear bench and seat backs. Thanks to the flat side walls and low load sill, which can be lowered even more with the optional adaptive air suspension, the luggage room offers excellent usability. A stainless steel guard protects the loading sill. A partition net and luggage compartment cover are standard, supplemented by four lashing points.
As an option, Audi can deliver a reversible loading floor or a rubber-treated luggage compartment mat that can be folded flexibly – a USP in the competitive field. The mat can be placed to cover the bumper, the rear seat backs or the side walls; it can also be used to subdivide the luggage compartment into smaller spaces. The optional rail system with a load-securing kit adds even more flexibility here. The also optional storage and luggage compartment package includes tensioning straps, nets, bag hooks and a 12-volt socket.
Only two hand motions are needed to expand the luggage compartment to its maximum volume of 1,550 liters (54.7 cu ft). Latches in the side walls are used to release the springs, and the rear seat backs fold down onto the seat cushions on their own. When the lever is used while the seat backs are down, they then lift back to an angle of around 45 degrees. The extended luggage compartment offers 113 cm (44.5 in) of load width and 105 cm (41.3 in) of full-length load width.
The wrap-around tailgate of the new Audi Q5 opens high – optionally with a power drive that also handles closing. Customers can individually adjust the opening angle here to match the roof height of their garage. When customers order the convenience key, they can trigger power opening and closing with a foot gesture that is detected by a sensor.
The new Audi Q5 can pull a trailer weighing up to 2,400 kg (5291.1 lb) (braked, 8 percent grade), depending on the engine selected. Audi offers a power extending and manually swiveling towbar for this purpose. It is combined with the intelligent trailer stabilization software. When the trailer begins to sway, it eliminates this movement by means of slight counter-steering pulses and brake interventions.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.