Audi fits a powered tailgate to all Q5s, 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 – just waggle your foot under the rear bumper and it opens.
At 550 litres, the boot volume matches that of rivals such as the GLC and BMW X3. 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 up to nine carry-on suitcases. That’s one more than an XC60; we know because we’ve tried it.
If you add the optional (standard on the SQ5) 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's among the biggest in the class.
There are a couple of negatives to rain on the Q5's parade: a small load lip between the tailgate opening and 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.
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