Audi Q5 hybrid interior, dashboard & 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 adjustments, great visibility, a lovely-looking dashboard and excellent ride quality and refinement. Quality feels top-notch in every aspect.
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; it's hard to fault for either functionality or appearance. Every Q5 gets Audi's Virtual Cockpit digital driver's display with fully digital dials you can customise to provide whatever information you want.
Equipment, options and accessories
The Q5 hybrid comes with a decent spread of standard equipment with automatic LED headlights, climate control, leather upholstery, a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen and Audi's Virtual Cockpit digital driver's display, and 18-inch alloys included on the entry-level 50 TFSI e Sport. Step up to S Line for 19-inch alloy wheels, more supportive sports front seats, and sportier interior and exterior styling. Range-topping Black Edition builds on that with 20-inch alloy wheels and black exterior and interior trim details.
There's an extensive array of optional packs, although some are ridiculous on a car at this price. For example, you must pay extra for a lockable glovebox or get the Tour Pack for adaptive cruise control. The latter is something that's standard on the Lexus NX 450h+.
You must also specify the Technology Pack for Matrix LED headlights (once standard on S Line models) that bend the light beam pattern at night to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic. At least that latter pack also adds an excellent Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Anyone after electric seat adjustment with driver memory settings will need to spring for the nearly £5,000 Technology Pack Pro. This pack also includes a head-up display and 360 camera system to help when parking in tight spaces.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
The plug-in Q5 has a high-set 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen and is one of the most straightforward systems to use in the class. It has a logical layout, sharp graphics, advanced navigation (including a charging point search function), and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi Q5 TFSI e is a fast and spacious plug-in hybrid SUV capable of covering up to 37 miles on electric power alone, but like its rivals, it has a hefty price tag
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThanks to a mid-life update that included a larger battery, the plug-in hybrid Q5 can now cover well over 30 miles on electric power and offers competitive fuel-economy figures
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe 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
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe Q5 plug-in is comfortable, quiet and relaxing to drive, but packs plenty of performance as well
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingTrademark Audi interior quality, comfort and technology are standout features that could be the deciding factor for many buyers
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe Q5 plug-in hybrid is a great family car, but a lack of cable storage, and storage in the rear, lets it down
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe Audi Q5 TFSI e boasts good crash-test scores, but the German brand’s performance in the Driver Power owner survey leaves something to be desired
- 8Living with itIt's one of our favourite plug-in hybrid SUVs, but how does the high-performance family car work in the real world? We found out with a long-term test...