Audi Q5 4x4 driving position
Every version of the Q5 gets a height-adjustable driver’s seat and a height and reach-adjustable steering wheel. Sport and S line trims add sports seats that, as well as having bigger side bolsters to keep you gripped in place through corners, come with four-way electric lumbar adjustment, a lever to angle the seatbase up for extra under-thigh support and extendable seatbases. These things make it even easier to fine-tune your driving position. If that’s still not enough, eight-way electrically adjustable seats are on the options list (and standard on the sporty SQ5).
It’s not just comfort the Q5 does well; it's easy to use, too. The clarity of the instrument dials (which are digital if you add the optional Virtual Cockpit) and the clearly labelled, logically positioned dashboard buttons all make the Q5 remarkably stress-free to operate when you’re on the move.
Audi Q5 4x4 visibility
It’s easy to see out of the Q5. For starters, the windscreen pillars are chamfered, so they don’t obscure your vision too much through bends, and large door mirrors give a great view of what’s coming up alongside you. You can also add blindspot monitoring to warn when cars are lurking at your flanks that you might otherwise have missed.
Bright xenon headlights are standard on the cheaper trims, while S line versions and the SQ5 come with even sharper LED headlights. You can add optional adaptive LED headlights on all trims – these are well worth thinking about for the extra illumination they deliver.
As with many modern cars, the rear pillars are pretty chunky. But because Audi’s Parking System Plus comes as standard – that’s front and rear parking sensors in non-Audi speak – this doesn’t present too much of an issue. You can also option a rear-facing or 360deg, bird's-eye-view camera to further alleviate any parking woes.
Audi Q5 4x4 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, such as those fitted to the Volvo XC60 and Jaguar F-Pace. Only the BMW X3’s iDrive system is similarly intuitive.
The high-up standard 7.0in screen has crisp, high-resolution graphics, making it easy to see when you’re navigating the menus. You don’t get sat-nav on all trims like 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, allowing you to use selected phone apps, including navigation mapping, through the screen.
A Technology Pack adds MMI Navigation Plus, which brings Google Maps with Streetview, onboard wi-fi and a larger 8.3in screen. You also get wireless phone-charging and a 4G internet connection with this package, although it's not available on entry-level SE trim.
The Technology Pack pack also comes with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit. This replaces the standard instruments with a 12.3in display that you can configure in multiple ways to put lots of information, including navigation maps and phone contact lists, right in front of you. It's a worthwhile addition.
Audi Q5 4x4 build quality
Audi is making a habit of showing other manufacturers how to make cars look and feel fantastic inside, and the Q5 is no exception. Press something that’s meant to move, such as a switch, and without exception it will click precisely. Press something that’s not meant to move and it won’t, because the fixtures and fittings are very robust. But they are not unforgiving, thanks to plenty of dense, soft-faced materials in the obvious places, with harder plastics generally kept out of sight.
All models come with part-leather seats as standard and you can option ambient lighting that bathes the interior at night in your choice of 30 colours. It’s not just inside that the Q5 feels solid, either. Close a door and you’ll hear a satisfyingly thunk, while all the panel gaps appear to be millimetre-perfect. Only the X3 gets anywhere near to matching its ultra-high standards.