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2017 Audi Q5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Audi Q5 was new.


Interior: 8.1

One of Audi's trademarks is the high-quality interiors of its vehicles, and the 2017 Q5 is no exception. The cabin radiates elegance, and the materials quality is outstanding. The seats provide plenty of space whether you're up front or in the back, and the sliding and reclining rear seats add a distinctive touch. The Q5 has better-than-average cargo space for the class, but it still trails the class leaders by a decent margin.

There's a lot of technology to like in the Q5, such as the Audi Connect system, which provides in-vehicle Wi-Fi for many different devices and works with the MMI infotainment system to provide the latest news and traffic updates. However, the MMI system may feel a little dated because it's controlled with physical buttons and an adjustment knob instead of a touch screen.

  • "The Q5's cabin is tastefully trimmed in high-quality materials and can be outfitted with the most recent version of Audi's MMI infotainment system." -- Left Lane News
  • "Audi knows how to put together a premium cabin, and the Q5 continues to stand out in this regard. Materials quality is excellent and the overall ambience is one of sophistication and class." -- Edmunds
  • "Nobody does interiors like Audi, but you could argue that the 2015 Audi Q5 family isn't quite up to the standard as cars like the A4, for example. That said, it's still elegant and comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)


Like most compact SUVs, the Q5 seats five and has standard power-adjustable front seats that are spacious and comfortable. Some competitors, however, offer a wider range of adjustability in their front seats. The Q5's seats could use more side support, which you'll find in the optional sport seats. Heated and ventilated front seats and premium Nappa or Milano leather upholstery are also available.

The Audi Q5 comes standard with rear seats that both recline and slide – a rarity for the class. Though already roomy, the ability to recline and slide the seats forward or back make it even easier for back-seat passengers to find a comfortable position.

  • "Despite its compact size, the Q5 manages to feel roomy whether you're seated in the front or rear. The rear seats both recline and slide fore and aft: a rarity in this class." -- Edmunds
  • "In our interior evaluation, we found the Q5's front seats to be comfortable enough, but they lack the range of adjustments that some competitors provide (BMW, for example), and their lateral support is minimal -- except for the excellent sport seats in the SQ5. Thanks to the standard seat-height adjustment and tilt-telescopic wheel, though, everyone should be able to find a comfortable driving position." -- Autotrader (2015)
  • "The Q5's roomy rear seats fold in a flexible 40/20/40 arrangement." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)

Interior Features

The 2017 Audi Q5 comes with Bluetooth phone connectivity, tri-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and Audi’s MMI infotainment system with a 6.5-inch color display screen.

Available features include a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and an upgraded MMI system with navigation and Bluetooth audio connectivity. Audi Connect, which provides Wi-Fi for up to eight devices and allows the navigation system to access and display Google Earth images, is also available.

The Q5 is not one of the more features-heavy vehicles in the class, though standard features include many of the touches you expect from a luxury vehicle, like a panoramic sunroof and tri-zone automatic climate control. Satellite radio provides numerous listening options, and Bluetooth phone connectivity gives you an easy way to link your phone to the car.

Audi's MMI infotainment system is the hub of this in-cabin tech, but the system may feel a little out of touch with today's world. Unlike many rival systems, MMI does not feature a touch screen display. Instead, it has a control knob and physical buttons, though some drivers prefer this throwback setup. Unfortunately, it also means that some climate functions require multiple steps to make adjustments.

The Q5 is available with a few driver assistance features as well. A rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors are helpful when trying to parallel park, and adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring can make highway driving a little less stressful.

Still, many class rivals offer more advanced active safety features than the Q5. Lane departure warning is common throughout the class, and it's featured in cars like the BMW X3 and Acura RDX. The Lincoln MKC and Land Rover Discovery Sport both offer park assist features, and the Volvo XC60 is available with driver drowsiness monitoring.

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  • "Technology refreshingly dates back to a different time, free of pinching-and-zooming touchscreens, distractingly large displays and touch-sensitive control pads that can accept handwritten inputs. Instead, Audi provides a knob and accompanying buttons that are placed either on the center console (with navigation) or on the dash (without) for those who prefer their audio controls to be in the normal place. There is also a proprietary cable in lieu of the more common USB port." -- Edmunds
  • "Nobody even comes close to Audi's sophisticated in-cabin tech system. Audi Connect offers everything from Google maps with real-time news and traffic info, to a Wi-Fi hot spot for up to eight devices, all with a simple-to-use interface." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "… as with the A4, the Q5's ergonomics are hit-or-miss. Try to adjust the climate control's fan speed, and you'll see what we mean -- it's a two-step process." -- Autotrader (2015)


The Q5 has enough cargo space to fit your luggage for a weekend getaway, or you can fold the back seats down if you need to haul some larger sporting gear like a bike or snowboard. There's 29.1 cubic feet of space with the rear seats up and 57.3 cubic feet with them down. While those totals are above the class average, there are competitors, like the Volvo XC60, that offer substantially more space.

The Q5 comes standard with a power liftgate, letting you open the hatch with the touch of a button. It also has a low liftover height, so you won't throw your back out trying to load heavy objects. You won't have too much trouble stacking items either thanks to the flat cargo floor.

  • "… the Q5 does provide an elevated view of the road ahead along with plenty of cargo space: 29.1 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 57.3 with them folded." -- Left Lane News
  • "The Q5 provides a healthy 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seatbacks, but if you fold them down, the resulting 57.3-cubic-foot cargo hold is a little below average for the segment." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "A fairly low cargo deck and wide liftgate aid loading, as do easy-fold rear seat backs that latch nearly flat." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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