Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Not the biggest, but matches rivals
  • Electric tailgate adds convenience
  • Would you risk ruining the lovely interior?

Despite the premium finish and price of the Audi Q5, buyers of a family-sized SUV still expect a sensible degree of practicality. Sensible is what they get, too, because the Q5 doesn’t set new standards for spaciousness.

It’s slightly smaller than its rivals inside, and that’s reflected in the amount of interior room, but there’s still a comfortable level of space for four passengers. A fifth occupant will be fine, but they’ll have to contend with a narrower, firmer centre rear seat and the large central transmission tunnel that limits legroom.

Boot space and storage

Rear seats up, the Q5’s 550-litre boot is on par with those in the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, but with them folded over it offers a 1,550-litre capacity. Land Rover’s Discovery Sport rules the roost here, with up to 1,698 litres. If you need to move more, the Q5’s towing capacity of 1,750kg to 2,400kg braked, 750kg unbraked – depending on specification – is reasonably generous for this class of SUV.

Additional convenience includes an electrically-operated tailgate and a rear seat that split-folds in a 40:20:40 arrangement, allowing long, slender loads to be accommodated as well as carrying four passengers comfortably. Top-spec Vorsprung models come with adaptive air suspension, and a bonus of the system is that the rear of the car can be lowered by 55mm to aid the loading of heavier items.

Poke around the passenger compartment and you’ll find the usual mix of lidded cubbies, door bins, cupholders and a usefully-sized glovebox. Up front, there is a USB port for your phone, while Vorsprung models also get a wireless phone charging pad ahead of the front armrest. For those sat in the rear, there are two USB ports and a 12v socket for power. In regards to storage, while the door bins aren’t necessarily the biggest, they will accommodate taller items, such as a drinks bottle. If you need additional storage, an optional Storage Pack adds netting to the front seat backs, cupholders to the rear seat armrest, a driver’s storage compartment and luggage nets.

Is it easy to park?

A 2020 facelift brought with it larger bumpers, so the Audi Q5 fractionally grew in length by 19mm to 4,682mm, but the large door mirrors and big windows help with visibility. All cars come with front and rear parking sensors as standard, as well as a rear-view camera, while light steering at low speeds helps with manoeuvrability.

The top-spec Vorsprung model boosts the convenience features, including a 360-degree camera view. It also comes with Park Assist, which uses the assorted sensors to allow the car to parallel park and bay park automatically – all you need to do is control the accelerator and brake, and the car will steer itself into a gap. This set-up is available as an option on other trims, too.

Safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP test
  • All cars have LED lights
  • Some safety kit is optional, though

The safety experts at Euro NCAP awarded the Audi Q5 a full five-star score when it was assessed in 2017. Among the safety kit that every Q5 gets are LED headlights and taillamps, part-time Quattro all-wheel drive (full-time on the SQ5), autonomous emergency braking, a pop-up bonnet for enhanced pedestrian protection, auto lights and wipers and six airbags. There are also two Isofix child seat-mounting points in the rear, while Audi also offers Isofix on the front passenger seat as an option.

What we’re disappointed about is how much cutting-edge safety equipment remains on the extra-cost options list or top-spec Vorsprung model. Although all cars have full LED headlamps, Audi’s matrix LED units are standard on S line models and above – they work by shutting down portions of light so as to not dazzle oncoming cars when the main beam is switched on. Similarly, Audi’s head-up display system that projects key information such as speed and sat-nav directions onto the windscreen is also optional on all but the top spec Vorsprung.

Adaptive cruise control, 360-degree cameras, blind spot warning, cross-traffic alert to advise you of oncoming vehicles when reversing, or even a clever system where a warning light flashes if you’re about to open a door with cars approaching from behind all cost extra. If you’re buying a new Q5 that isn’t in Vorsprung spec, but have funds to spend on options, think carefully about whether you need those larger alloy wheels or an upgraded audio system over something that will keep you and your passengers safer.

Watch: Audi Q5 Euro NCAP crash test

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Audi Q5 SUV.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Black Edition optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers

Competition equipment

Competition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Competition optional equipment
  • Parking sensors

Competition Vorsprung equipment

Competition Vorsprung standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Competition Vorsprung optional equipment
None available

Competition Vorspung equipment

Competition Vorspung standard equipment
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Competition Vorspung optional equipment
None available

Edition 1 equipment

Edition 1 standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Edition 1 optional equipment
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Traction control

S Line equipment

S Line standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
S Line optional equipment
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Traction control

S Line Competition equipment

S Line Competition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
S Line Competition optional equipment
None available

S Line Plus Special Edition equipment

S Line Plus Special Edition standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
S Line Plus Special Edition optional equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Space saver spare wheel

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Traction control
SE optional equipment
None available

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Sport optional equipment
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Traction control

SQ5 equipment

SQ5 standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
SQ5 optional equipment
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Parking sensors
  • Traction control

SQ5 Plus Special Edition equipment

SQ5 Plus Special Edition standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
SQ5 Plus Special Edition optional equipment
  • CD
  • Roof rails

Vorsprung equipment

Vorsprung standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Parking sensors
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Vorsprung optional equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Audi Q5 SUV was tested by Euro NCAP in 2017 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2017
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 86%
Vulnerable Road Users: 73%
Safety Assist: 58%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.