The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

Robust and Solid

Starting price: £42,950

Pros

Solid and well thought out interior

Great boot space

Cons

Delay in acceleration

Reverse gear is slow to engage

Intro

The Audi Q5 definitely gives its talented rivals such as the BMW X3 and Volvo XC60 a run for their money. A robust car to take on family life.

The drive is quiet albeit a little slow when pulling away and we also found there was a slight pause before reversing.  That said the car itself held the road well and it had more power than the VW Tiguan if you put your foot down.  Reversing was simple with the added help of the parking sensors, good mirrors and screen if required.  With being a smaller SUV in its class the car slipped into spaces easily. German efficiency springs to mind!

Interior

Climbing into the car you could sense that the design had been well thought through and would certainly bat off the perils of clumsy children or four legged paws.  The front seats almost hug you and there are various functions to find your perfect position plus 4 way lumbar support. Oh, and as standard, a favourite of ours, heated seats. Something that every car in the UK should have! The adjustable steering wheel is good especially if you have a growing bump (baby or carbs).  The main middle console is at a comfortable height, close to elbow level, meaning that you do not have stretch or even look down to find the gearstick or rotary control whilst on the move

The 7 inch standard infotainment screen is floating rather than integrated and it is not touch screen. It is technically quite basic, but it does do what it says on the tin well.  That said we found the rotary dial so simple and easy to use.  Whilst driving it was a doddle to move through the functions whilst still looking ahead at the road.  Easy peasy to navigate.  All the buttons on the steering wheel were simple to hit from changing the display on the very clear dashboard to turning the tunes up on the radio.

Good climate control with both front seats having their own individual dial and the rear passengers can, if required, adjust their own from the back. Happy campers.

Seats & Passenger Space

Wide opening rear doors is always helpful when trying to get a wriggling child into a car seat.  The cabin height is good for 3 adults / teenagers.  However, there is a large and annoying central tunnel for the middle person to straddle.

There are 2 isofix points.  They have ‘flip off’ covers.  I am not sure why some vehicles have this design because both Claire and I said ‘we’ll lose these or forget in 2-3 years time where the devil we put them’!  

The depth is also good for rear facing car seats.

Cups & Cubby

Claire and I are sometimes bemused by the position of the cupholders in the front cabin and often the design is an afterthought rather than practical.  In the Q5 the holders are positioned  behind the gearstick. The ideal spot would be further forward so that you do not have to reach backwards or look down. 

The door bins are large enough to stick your water bottle and there is decent space under the middle arm rest to hide your sunnies and a few bits and bobs.  Here you will also find one USB port and another in front of the rotary dial. The glovebox is a decent size too.  

In the rear the door bins are big and enough to hold a large bottle through to a book and small toys and if the armrest is pulled down there are also two inbuilt coffee / water bottle holders.

On the model we drove there were no seat pocket.

Boot Space

The boot space and shape is really useful and one of the largest in its class at 550 litres. Good space for a pram, shopping, big dog or even all three!  The electronic tailgate is fitted as standard.  To make the area more useful we believe that it would be beneficial to upgrade from a 60/40 split and get the 40/20/40 format of the rear bench which would also allow the seats to slide and recline.  There is a metal sill to protect paintwork from busy family life (reality!).  The load lip itself has a slight rise, but still useful enough to prop children on when it is raining or when trying to remove a pair of dirty boots.

There is a parcel shelf that can be pulled out, like a blind, across the boot to hide everything.

Summary

The Q5 is a solid family car which will hold you in good stead for the wear and tear of life.

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

550 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

 4663 (L) x 2140 (W) x 1659 (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

29.73 – 31.74 (Petrol)

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-62 mph in 6.4 seconds