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2018 Audi Q5 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2018 Audi Q5 was new.


Interior: 8.8

Upscale, soft-touch materials are featured throughout the 2018 Audi Q5's stylish interior. Seats are supportive and comfortable. The infotainment system is responsive and easy to use. Cargo space is slightly above average for the class.

  • "The Q5 is a serious contender for best interior in its class." -- Autoweek
  • "From the seats to the spacious cabin feel to the quality of upholstery, stitching and materials on panels and touch points, the Q5 embodies the kind of luxury for which Audi has become renown. This is a first-class interior." -- Edmunds
  • "… the Q5's interior is a significant improvement over the predecessor's. It has better materials, improved ergonomics, and the latest and greatest technology." -- Motor Trend


The Audi Q5 seats five on standard leather upholstery. Standard features include eight-way power-adjustable front seats, and split-folding 40/20/40 rear seats. Available features include heated front seats, a heated steering wheel with shift paddles, ventilated front seats, four-way lumbar support, Alcantara upholstery, 12-way power-adjustable front sport seats, and driver's seat memory settings.

The seats are comfortable and supportive in both rows, and there is good head- and legroom in the front seats. In the rear seats, two adults can comfortably fit, but a third will be cramped. The sliding second-row seats increase legroom for rear-seat passengers.

The Q5 has two complete sets of LATCH systems in the rear seats for securing child seats.

  • "The seats feature excellent shape and bolstering. We weren't fatigued after several hours of driving. Heated and ventilated options available on higher trims. The rear seats slide and recline." -- Edmunds
  • "On the comfort side of the equation, this new Audi scored high marks. … We particularly like the seating position and the wide windowsill where you can comfortably rest your arm." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • We found the Q5's back seat one of its most endearing features. It has three seatbelts, but only the two outboard positions are suitable for adult use due to the substantial driveline-tunnel intrusion and the hard center seat cushion. A half-inch-longer wheelbase adds legroom, but the real beauty of the second row is its ability to slide several inches fore and aft. In addition, the split-folding backrests can be latched at three different angles to give tired backsides a break on long journeys." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

The Q5 comes standard with a slew of features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a rearview camera, a 7-inch infotainment display, a 5-inch driver information display, voice command, a 10-speaker sound system, HD Radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and push-button ignition. It also comes with Audi Pre Sense Basic, which closes the windows and available panoramic sunroof, tightens the seatbelts, and prepares the braking system when it detects that a crash is imminent. Also standard is Audi Pre Sense City, which includes forward collision warning, pedestrian warning, and pre-collision braking up to 52 mph.

Available features include a 7-inch driver information display, a panoramic sunroof, rear cross traffic alert, satellite radio, navigation, front and rear park assist, blind spot monitoring, and Vehicle Exit Assist, which alerts you when there are vehicles or cyclists approaching when you open the doors. Other available features include the Audi Connect Care telematics system, the MMI All-In-Touch touchpad with handwriting recognition, a 19-speaker sound system, a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit, an 8.3-inch infotainment display, a head-up display, a 360-degree camera system, Audi Connect Plus with a Wi-Fi hot spot, and Audi Connect Prime, which includes Google Earth, voice recognition, myAudi Destinations, predictive traffic and weather, internet radio, and applications like Twitter.

The Q5's infotainment system is easy to use. The upgraded handwriting recognition feature is responsive and makes it easier to enter destinations into the navigation system. In lower trims, audio and climate functions are controlled by physical knobs and buttons.

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  • "What's most impressive about the Q5's tech, though, is how seamlessly it all works together, with a smart and simple interface that makes controlling various functions easy. It's one of the first automaker-developed systems that hasn't given me any hair-pulling experiences, and serves to enhance the driver's connection with the vehicle, rather than detract from it." -- New York Daily News
  • "Audi's fancy digital virtual cockpit is available as an option, and the updated MMI infotainment system is simply better to use and features more functionality thanks to the optional touchpad." -- Motor Trend
  • "Audi typically sets the pace among rivals for tech offerings, and the Q5 is no different. With features that include 4G LTE Wi-Fi, a touchscreen infotainment/navigation interface and an optional, customizable 12-inch high-resolution instrument panel, the Q5 is a technology showpiece." -- Edmunds


The Audi Q5 has 26.8 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 60.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. Standard split-folding 40/20/40 rear seats increase cargo-carrying versatility. A power liftgate and an available hands-free power liftgate make loading the Q5 easy.

  • The cargo hold is slightly larger than before, and the liftgate can be opened by sweeping a foot under the rear bumper and closed by touching a button (conveniences that probably will cost extra)." -- Car and Driver
  • Longer and wider dimensions mean a larger cargo area. Cargo capacity jumps by nearly 3 cubic feet … with the second-row seat folded. Put the seat upright, however, and luggage/grocery space actually decreases." -- Edmunds

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