Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3
  • Not the most spacious but on par with rivals
  • Electric tailgate adds further convenience
  • Would you risk ruining the lovely interior?

Despite the premium finish and price of the Q5, buyers of a family-sized SUV still expect a sensible degree of practicality.

Sensible is exactly what they get, too, for the Audi doesn’t set new standards in capaciousness. It's slightly smaller than rivals, and that's reflected in the amount of interior room

Rear seats up, the 550-litre cargo volume is on par with the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC, but with them folded over it’s 50 litres shy of their 1,600-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 lives on the option list, including 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.

Earlier Q5s were available with optional air suspension, a bonus of the system is that the rear of the car can be lowered by 55mm to aid the loading of heavier items, however this package is no longer available in the UK.

Poke around the passenger compartment and you’ll find the usual mix of lidded cubbies, door bins, cupholders and a usefully sized glovebox, all nestled into those high-grade interior plastics.

How safe is the Audi Q5?

  • Five stars when crash tested by Euro NCAP
  • All have LED lighting and all-wheel drive
  • So much remains on the options list, though

As expected the crash testing experts at Euro NCAP awarded the Audi Q5 a full five-star safety score when it was assessed.

Among the safety highlights every Q5 benefits from are LED day-running lights and tail lamps, part-time Quattro all-wheel drive (full-time on the SQ5) , cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, a pop-up bonnet for enhanced pedestrian protection, automatic lights and wipers, two Isofix child seat-mounting points in the rear seats and six airbags. Unusually, Audi also offers Isofix on the front passenger seat as an option.

What we’re disappointed about is how much of the plethora of cutting edge safety equipment remains on the extra-cost options list or top-spec Vorsprung model.

Although S Line, Black Edition and SQ5 versions have full LED headlamps, Audi’s matrix LED units are extras on all models but Vorsprung – 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 excellent 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. 

Fancy adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, blindspot warning, cross-traffic alert to advise you of oncoming vehicles when reversing out of a space or even a clever system where a warning light flashes if you’re about to open a door with cars approaching from behind? Well they all cost extra, too.

If you’re buying a new Q5 that isn’t Vorsprung and 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
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • 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
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • 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
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Black Edition optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

Competition Vorspung equipment

Competition Vorspung standard equipment
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • 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
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Edition 1 optional equipment
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Front fog lights
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Remote locking
  • Traction control

S Line equipment

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

SQ5 equipment

SQ5 standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
SQ5 optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • 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
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
SQ5 Plus Special Edition optional equipment
None available

Vorsprung equipment

Vorsprung standard equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • 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
  • Remote locking

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.