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 that’s easily large enough to swallow a fold-up pram or nine carry-on cases – that’s one more than an XC60, and we know because we’ve tried.
A couple of negatives to rain on its parade are the small load lip between the tailgate opening and the boot floor that you’ll have to lift heavy items over, and when you fold the rear seats down they leave a slight step in the extended load bay – a problem if you’re sliding in awkwardly long objects.
If you add the optional Rear Bench Seat Plus pack, you get sliding and reclining rear seats that when slid all the way forward, increase boot space to 610 litres. That makes it among the biggest in the class.
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