Audi Q5 hybrid interior & comfort
Trademark Audi interior quality, comfort and technology are standout features that could be the deciding factor for many buyers
The Audi Q5 is an extremely comfortable car, with a broad range of powered seat adjustment, great visibility, a lovely-looking dashboard and excellent ride quality and refinement.
Some might be surprised at the lack of a touchscreen, but the rotary-controlled system is arguably easier and simpler to use on the move and has all the functions you’d expect. Quality feels top-notch in every aspect; it’s only the expensive optional extras that let the car down.
Audi Q5 hybrid dashboard
The Q5’s dashboard looks as classy as you’d expect, with solid-feeling materials and a straightforward layout featuring a high-set screen and simple air-conditioning switches.
However, it’s notable that on the 50 TFSI e, you have to add the Tech pack to get the ‘virtual cockpit’ – fully digital dials with variable-view format that many buyers will want. As long as you get the digital dials, the Q5’s dashboard is hard to fault for either functionality or appearance.
Equipment, options and accessories
The Q5 hybrid comes with a decent spread of standard equipment. Oddly, the 50 and 55 have different trim levels, but automatic LED headlights, climate control, part-Alcantara upholstery and 19-inch alloys are included on the entry-level 50 TFSI e.
Black Edition adds some styling upgrades, including 20-inch alloys, while top-spec Vorsprung gets the full gamut of luxury and technology, including power-adjustable massage seats, heated front and rear seats, Matrix LED headlights, a head-up display, a panoramic glass roof, the virtual cockpit (as part of the standard Tech Pack), adaptive cruise control, a semi-autonomous parking system and more. The 55 TFSI e only comes in two trims – S line Competition and Vorsprung Competition. S line Competition gets the massage seats, Tech Pack and 20-inch wheels over the basic 50 TFSI e, while the Vorsprung model gets everything thrown in as standard.
The problem is that, in all but the Vorsprung models, you’ll want to add keyless entry and reversing camera – only offered as part of a £1,395 pack. And adaptive cruise control, which is also part of a pack that can only be added if you tick a £2,300 box, and includes semi-autonomous parking and more. Then there’s metallic paint (£675) and the panoramic glass roof (£1,400). And before you know it, you’ve got a gorgeous car and a bill for £60,000 that you might not have budgeted for given the list price and what seems at first glance like an extensive standard kit list.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
The Q5 hybrid comes with a high-set seven-inch colour screen (8.3-inch in cars with the Tech Pack) that you operate with a rotary controller on the centre console. Thanks to a straightforward menu layout, we’d argue that this is easier to use than a touchscreen, particularly when you’re on the move.
Cars fitted with the Tech Pack get a touch-sensitive pad that you can use to zoom through the menus with or write a destination in, but it adds little to the whole experience. Generally, it’s the logical layout, sharp graphics and advanced navigation (which includes a charging point search function), and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto that make the Q5’s infotainment system one of the best.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi Q5 TFSI e plug-in hybrid is fast, spacious and returns 26 miles of electric-only range
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe Audi Q5 plug-in hybrid will be a joy to live with, and spends a useful amount of time in electric mode even with little battery left
- 3Running costsThe Audi Q5 TFSI e is competitively priced and cheap to run if you plug in regularly, but it’s easy to overspend on options and finance is expensive
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Q5 plug-in is comfortable, quiet and relaxing to drive, with enough performance to shock yourself and others if you want to
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingTrademark Audi interior quality, comfort and technology are standout features that could be the deciding factor for many buyers
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Q5 plug-in hybrid is a great family car, but a lack of cable storage, and storage in the rear, lets it down
- 7Reliability & safetyThe Audi Q5 TFSI e boasts competitive reliability and customer satisfaction and a good crash-test score, but some key driver aids are optional