Every version of the Q5 gets a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a reach and height adjustable steering wheel. Sport and S line trims add Sports seats, which as well as having bigger slide bolsters, also come with four-way electric lumbar adjustment, a lever to angle the seat base for extra under-thigh support, and extendable seat bases. These things make it even easier to fine-tune your driving position position. But if that’s still not enough, eight-way electrically adjustable seats are on the options list.
It’s not just comfort the Q5 does well, though – it's how easy everything is to use. The clarity of the instrument dials (which are digital if you add optional Virtual Cockpit), and the clear labelling of the dashboard buttons and switches, which are all logically positioned. Put simply, the Q5 is a remarkably stress-free car to operate.
Audi Q5 visibility
It’s easy to see out of the Q5. For starters, the windscreen pillars are chamfered so they don’t obscure too much of your vision through bends, and large door mirrors give a great view of what’s coming up alongside. You can also add blind-spot monitoring to warn you about other cars that aren't in your field of vision when you're changing lanes.
Bright xenon headlights are standard on all models, while top-spec S line versions come with even sharper LED headlights. You can also add optional adaptive LED headlights on all trims.
Looking rearwards, the back pillars, as with most modern cars, are typically thick, but because Audi Parking Plus comes as standard – that’s front and rear parking sensors in non-Audi speak - this doesn’t present too much of an issue.
Audi Q5 infotainment
Audi’s MMI infotainment system, with its rotary controller and simple shortcut buttons, is so much easier (and arguably safer) to use on the move than rival touchscreen systems. Only the BMW X3’s infotainment iDrive system is similarly intuitive.
The standard 7.0in screen has crisp, high-resolution graphics, making is easy to see when you which you navigate the menus. You don’t get sat-nav on all trims, as you do in the X3; you have move up to mid-spec Sport trim for that. You do, however, get smartphone mirroring, for Apple and Android phones, which allows you to use some of your phone’s apps through car. A Technology Pack adds MMI Navigation Plus that brings Google Maps with Streetview, on-board wifi and a larger 8.3in screen. You also get wireless phone charging and a 4G internet connection with this package.
Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is something to think about adding. It replaces the standard instruments with a 12.3in display that you can configure to put lots of information right in front of your eyes. This includes full-screen sat-nav maps placed just beneath the driver’s line of sight.
Audi Q5 build quality
Audi is making a habit of showing other manufacturers how to make a car look and feel good inside. And the Q5 is no exception. Press something that’s meant to move, such as a switch, and without exception it will click with precision. Press something that’s not meant to move and it won’t, because the fixtures and fittings are really robust. There are plenty of dense, soft-faced materials throughout, with any harder plastics kept largely out of sight.
All models come with part-leather seats as standard, and you can option ambient lighting that bathes the interior in your choice of 30 different colours at night. It’s not just inside that the Q5 feels solid, either. Close a door and it emits a satisfyingly ‘thunk’, and all the panel gaps appear to be millimetre perfect.