Audi Q5 Sportback review

Category: Coupe SUV

Section: Interior

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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

Anyone familiar with the interior of the Audi Q5 will find themselves right at home in the Q5 Sportback, because both versions follow the same layout. That means a highly adjustable driving position with manual driver’s seat height adjustment, and a steering wheel that moves up, down, in and out enough for most people to get comfortable. Standard sports seats with four-way electric lumbar adjustment and an extendable under-thigh cushion provide plenty of support over long journeys. 

A 12.3in digital instrument cluster is provided with all trims and is the class standard for clarity and ease of use. It's much more intuitive to operate from the steering wheel than that of the Mercedes GLC Coupé with its somewhat awkward touch-sensitive pads. You can control the air-con settings with physical knobs and buttons, which are laid out logically and fall easily to hand.

You don’t have a particularly lofty perch in the Q5 Sportback, but there’s still good forward visibility thanks to the relatively thin pillars. The only drawback is the heavily angled rearmost pillar that, typically for a coupé SUV, can obscure whole cars as you look over your shoulder. That's not so much of a problem when you're parking because a reversing camera is provided as standard, as are front and rear parking sensors and large door mirrors.

One area where the Q5 Sportback lags behind the BMW X4 and GLC Coupé is with its predominantly touchscreen-based infotainment system that’s distracting to use on the move. It requires you to take your eyes off the road to check you’re hitting the right part of the screen. The GLC and X4 have rotary controllers and shortcut buttons to aid navigation (the X4’s iDrive is the simplest to operate).

Those rivals can’t beat the Audi Q5 Sportback on interior quality, though. Every surface your eyes fall on has a soft-touch finish, and all the controls make a pleasant click that brings a sense of class that the others cannot match.

Audi Q5 Sportback 2021 dashboard

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