Audi Q5 hybrid practicality, boot space & towing
The Q5 plug-in hybrid is a great family car, but a lack of cable storage, and storage in the rear, lets it down
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The Audi Q5 hybrid is a decent family SUV, with plenty of room for two adults or two chunky child seats in the back seats and a spacious boot. However, you have to pay extra to get cupholders and map pockets for those in the back, and only top-spec models get the 40:20:40 split rear seats. Not only that, but Audi’s solution to cable storage is a huge case that takes up most of the boot. Which is no solution at all, really.
Audi Q5 hybrid interior space, storage & comfort
Four adults in the Q5 will feel lavishly accommodated thanks to plentiful head and legroom all round, but a middle occupant in the back row will feel a bit squeezed for elbow room. What is cheeky is that you have to pay £225 for the 'storage' pack to get net map pockets on the back of the front seats and cupholders in the centre rear armrest.
The Q5 plug-in hybrid loses 95 litres of space compared to a standard Q5, due to the batteries its powertrain relies on, but that still leaves 465 litres of space and a powered bootlid for decent roominess. As long as you don’t want to take the cables with you, the boot is more than good enough to deal with chunky buggies or dogs.
If you want to take the cables with you, you may have to downsize the dog or toddler paraphernalia, as the case they come in is huge, heavy and generally a right pain in the boot. It does come with a clip that you can click to a lashing eye so that it doesn’t slide around, but that doesn’t forgive the fact that it takes up so much luggage space.
The Q5 hybrid can tow a braked trailer or caravan weighing up to 1,750kg, which is less than the 2,400kg limit for the petrol and diesel versions of the car. Find out more about towing with hybrid and electric cars here.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Audi Q5 TFSI e plug-in hybrid is fast, spacious and returns up to 27 miles of electric 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 & comfortTrademark Audi interior quality, comfort and technology are standout features that could be the deciding factor for many buyers
- 6Practicality & boot space - currently readingThe 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
- 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...