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2012 Audi Q5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 Audi Q5 was new.


Interior: 8.4

Automotive editors find it hard to dislike the 2012 Audi Q5’s interior. It is high-quality and comfortable, and its impressive standard features list includes things like decorative wood inlays and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls. Most reviewers offer nothing but high praise for the 2012 Q5, but there are a few negative critiques. Some reviewers find rear legroom limited for adults, and others think the interior controls are confusing on the Q5’s optional MMI infotainment system.

These complaints are few and far between, but there is one common thread in reviewer comments: The 2012 Audi Q5 gets pricey once you start adding features.

  • "Inside, the Q5 has all the inherent benefits attributed to SUVs: the driving position is higher up with a good view of the road, there is plenty of storage in and around the cabin, and with a 110.5-inch wheelbase, there is legroom for adults in the back seat." -- AutoWeek
  • "The interior is tightly built, ergonomically satisfying, and very attractive. Standard leather-trimmed seats and steering wheel and walnut inlays give the cabin an upscale feel, and there are no chintzy materials anywhere to mar the overall effect." -- Businessweek
  • "It has the confident handling and alert responses of the A4, yet the Q5's decent cargo hold and generous passenger space mean it's pretty comfortable and practical, too. Indeed, its family-friendly sliding rear seat is the only one of its kind among luxury crossovers of this size." -- Edmunds


The Audi Q5 comes standard with leather seating for five, and most reviewers find it comfortable and roomy whether you sit in the front or the back. A few, however, say the rear row is only adequate for shorter folks, which means that some passengers may be short on legroom. That means if you’ll use the Q5 to drive your kids to school and to extracurricular activities, they’ll have more than enough space. The Q5 comes with 12-way power front seats and heated front seats on Premium Plus and Prestige trims.

  • "The ... Audi Q5 is also among the segment's roomier entries." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Despite its compact size, the Q5 manages to feel roomy whether you're seated in the front or rear. The rear seats slide fore and aft, which is a rarity in this segment of luxury crossovers, and the seats also recline for greater comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "Q5 offers enough headroom and legroom for most adults. Cushy, supportive front seats feature standard 12-way power adjustments for increased comfort. Visibility is aided by large side mirrors and an optional rearview camera." -- Consumer Guide
  • “I found the front seats very comfortable. Foot, knee, and head space in back are adequate for average-size adults." -- Businessweek
  • "Restricted rear seat legroom." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

Reviewers say that aside from the 2012 Audi Q5’s confusing MMI infotainment system, this luxury compact SUV has one of the nicest, most well-equipped interiors in the class. It comes standard with leather seats, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with controls for audio volume, Bluetooth and audio seek functions, tri-zone automatic climate control, wood inlays, satellite radio, an auxiliary input and a CD/stereo system that adjusts the volume based on your speed.

The top-of-the-line Prestige trim adds a lot more features (including a 3.2-liter V6 engine), including HD Radio, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation with voice control for the directory and telephone and push-button start.

  • "Like other Audis, the Q5 benefits from classy interior design and top-notch construction." -- Edmunds
  • "For some functions, there are steering-wheel-mounted controls, too. Not all of them are intuitive to use: The trip computer, for instance, is operated via switches on the windshield wiper control arm, which were hard to find. I was able to figure everything out in a few days, however, without having to resort to the owner's manual." -- Businessweek


With 29.1 cubic feet with all seats in use, the 2012 Audi Q5 doesn’t have as much cargo space as other luxury compact SUVs. With the rear seats folded and latched to the floor, that number increases to 57.3, but is 10 cubic feet less than what the Volvo XC60 has behind the first row.  

Some reviewers think the Q5 has utilitarian compartments that compensate for its average cargo space, but not all think its decent small-item storage, which includes storage nets on the back of the front seats, a small center console, a few cupholders and an average-sized glovebox, stand out in the class.

  • "Functionally, the Q5 is a dandy, with 29.1 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seats. With those seats folded, which can be accomplished with a single touch, the Q5 can swallow 57.3 cubes; it could take a few more if the second row folded completely flat, but at least the seats can be locked down. The cargo floor’s height makes loading items easy, although it’s not yet as manageable as a station wagon’s and there’s a handy storage bin below the cargo floor." -- Car and Driver
  • "Cargo capacity is excellent.” -- Businessweek
  • "Q5 has a wide-mouthed hatch and fairly low floor to ease cargo loading. The rear seat backs fold easily and latch nearly flat for increased cargo space. Small items storage is just OK and is comprised of a few cupholders, a small center console, a decent-sized glovebox, and removable underfloor bins behind the second row." -- Consumer Guide

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