Well, you won’t be short of space in the front of the Q5. The seats move far enough rearwards to afford anyone tall plenty of leg room, and the high roofline offers an equally generous amount of head room, too.
Storage space is copious. Each front door has a sizable door bin that’s shaped to fit a large bottle, and for your takeaway coffee there are a couple of cup holders between driver and passenger. You’ll also find a small cubby for loose keys in front of the gearlever, and a bigger storage cubby behind, underneath the front armrest. Oh, and there’s a good-sized glovebox, too.
Audi Q5 rear space
There’s enough width for three adults to sit side-by-side. The middle seat is quite compromised, though, because a large central floor tunnel robs foot space, and a moulding for the rear ceiling light pinches some head room.
The two outer rear seats are rather better, offering loads of head room and a decent amount of knee room for those long of leg – even if the front seats are slid a fair way back.
Storage options in the back include a couple of decent-sized door bins with space for a litre-sized bottle, nets on the backs of the front seats, and two cupholders in the fold-down rear armrest.
Audi Q5 seating flexibility
The Q5 offers plenty of seating variations. The front passenger gets an array of adjustments, including seat height and, on Sport models and above, a ratchet lever to angle the seat base for more under-thigh support. Sport and S line models also come with an electric four-way lumbar adjuster, while eight-way electric seat adjustment is an option on the entire range.
In the rear, you get folding seats arranged in a 60/40 split. These are easy to fold thanks to a couple of handy levers placed next to the tailgate opening.
Sliding and reclining rear seats are an option we’d recommend. They add to the comfort of rear passengers, and also let you to increase the boot’s capacity. While it’s a shame they’re not standard in a car like the Q5, they are at least available, which they aren’t on a BMW X3 or Mercedes GLC.
Audi Q5 boot space
Audi fits a powered tailgate to all Q5’s, so all you need to do is press a button to open it. In fact, if you upgrade to the optional hands-free opener, you don’t even have to do that – if your hands are full, just waggle your foot under the rear bumper and it opens.
At 550 litres, the boot volume matches that of rivals such as the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC. And with no intrusions from the wheel arches, it’s a useful, square shape, too. The boot is easily large enough to swallow a fold-up pram or a couple of large suitcases, although there is a small load lip between the tailgate opening and the boot floor that you have to lift things over.
Add the optional sliding and reclining rear seats and you can move the rear seats forward a few inches, making the boot even bigger. This is a feature you can’t get on the X3 or the GLC, even as an option, although it is available standard on the Land Rover Discovery Sport.
The Q5's rear seat fold easily by pulling levers inside the boot. Once down they lie almost flat, with no awkward step in the extended load area.