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2013 Audi Q5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Audi Q5 was new.


Interior: 8.4

Reviewers say that the 2013 Audi Q5 features a well-constructed cabin that’s filled with luxurious, high-quality materials. Even the base model features decorative wood trim inlays, while buyers can customize the Q5’s interior with options like ash, oak or brushed aluminum trim. More than one test driver also comments on the Q5’s attractive interior design, saying that the cabin has an elegant, upscale feel. However, some say the Q5's MMI infotainment system could be easier to use.

  • "Despite being one of the more-affordable Audis, the Q5 maintains the brand's high standard for interior materials, detail assembly, and classy design." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Dubious color schemes aside, the 2013 Audi Q5 cabin remains the usual mix of good taste and exceptional build quality." -- Edmunds 
  • "The shift lever and its surrounding cadre of buttons, knobs and dials would look at home in a private jet, while the optional wood grain lends a more classic feel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2011)


Test drivers say that the Q5 features comfortable front seats with good head- and legroom. One reviewer also notes that the back seat has plenty of space, especially for a compact SUV. The Q5 seats five and comes with leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats standard. Options and features available in higher trims include front sport seats, heated front seats, ventilated front seats and premium Milano or Nappa leather.

  • "Second-row accommodation is surprisingly generous for a compact SUV, though three larger adults are a snug fit for longer journeys." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The comfortable driver's seat offers a commanding view." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • “I found the front seats very comfortable. Foot, knee, and head space in back are adequate for average-size adults." -- Businessweek (2011)

Interior Features

The 2013 Audi Q5 comes standard with tri-zone climate control, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio and Audi's MMI infotainment system. Options and features available in higher trims include a Bang & Olufsen sound system, HD Radio, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, push-button start, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera with parking sensors, a blind-spot monitoring system and a panoramic moonroof. For 2013, the Q5’s navigation now includes Audi connect, which provides wireless hotspot access and Google Earth map views. A six-month trial subscription to the service is included.

Reviewers appreciate some of the Q5’s available features, such as cupholders that can keep your drinks warm or cold. However, some test drivers think that the Q5’s MMI infotainment and navigation systems could be easier to use. Additionally, one auto writer says that controls for some systems, such as the trip computer, are oddly placed.

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  • "Some testers still find that Audi's MMI infotainment controller over-complicates too many routine tasks, while others find it easy to learn with a little practice." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "There's even a temperature-controlled cupholder capable of chilling or heating your beverage of choice. No doubt the product of hundreds of hours of German engineering, it works well." -- 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." -- Businessweek (2011)


The 2013 Audi Q5 has 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which can expand to 57.3 cubic feet when you fold down the back seats. While SUVs like the Volvo XC60 offer a bit more room, reviewers praise the Q5 for its useful cargo hold and wide cargo opening. One reviewer also comments that the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats offer some flexibility if you’re carrying passengers and cargo.

  • "A fairly low cargo deck and wide liftgate aid loading, as do easy-fold rear seat backs that latch nearly flat." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The Q5's roomy rear seats fold in a flexible 40/20/40 arrangement." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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." -- Car and Driver (2011)
  • "Cargo capacity is excellent." -- Businessweek (2011)

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