Audi Q5 SUV (2016 -) Equipment

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 12 Apr 2017
4.2
Despite its same-again looks suggesting otherwise, the second-generation Audi Q5 SUV is based on different underpinnings, with A5 Coupe-aping voluptuousness along the flanks, and a chunkier Q7-esque grille lending an aggressive air to the front end. Depending on the model, it’s also shed up to 90kg of heft.

4.6 out of 5

Equipment

  • Four trim levels including the SQ5
  • All are generously equipped
  • Extensive and expensive options

The familiar specifications of SE, Sport and S Line were joined shortly after launch by the sporty SQ5.

Standard Audi Q5 SUV equipment

If you remember the days when SE – for Special Equipment – was the pinnacle of the trim hierarchy, it’s time to get with the times: here it denotes the entry-point to Q5 ownership.

Audi doesn’t expect many buyers to go for this trim.

Survey the exterior and you’ll notice the 18-inch ‘5-twin-spoke’ alloy wheels, xenon headlamps with LED day-running lights, and full LEDs at the rear.

Grilles and trim details are black – either matt or glossy depending on their location – contrasting with the aluminium roof rails.

Once aboard you’ll spot the leather upholstery, heated front seats, three-zone climate control and aluminium trim inlays for the dashboard and door panels. The rear seat’s split into three parts in a 40:20:40 configuration for additional flexibility, while the tailgate is electrically operated.

Many of the Q5’s controls are operated from an improved MMI (Multi Media Interface) system, displaying on a 7.0-inch colour monitor.

There’s no sat-nav but you can connect your smartphone using Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while Bluetooth connectivity, a pair of USB pointsand SD card readers and an aux-in point supplement the CD player – a rarity on contemporary cars.

DAB radio and 10 speakers complete the infotainment package.

Driving the SE-grade Q5 you’ll be able to take advantage of the cruise control, parking sensors, autonomous emergency brakingkeyless starting, an electric parking brake and comfort-biased suspension.

Audi’s Drive Select system also allows you to vary the parameters of the engine’s responsiveness, automatic gearbox shifts and climate control effectiveness.

If you decide upon the middle-ranking Sport, the differences are surprisingly few.

The alloy wheels are still 18-inchers but are now of a ‘five-arm star’ design, while the grille inserts are finished in Twilight Grey.

Moving to the cabin, the standard front seats have been exchanged for a sportier pair with electric lumbar adjustment, while the interior’s bathed in ambient LED lighting.

There are two upgrades for the MMI system, too: sat-nav and Audi Connect, which allows access to a range of online services.

Next up in the Q5 range – and expected to account for almost two-thirds of sales – is S Line, which is even sportier than Sport, and to demonstrate it’s fitted with 19-inch ‘5-twin-spoke star’ alloys, beefed-up model-specific bumpers and bodykit, as well as darkened privacy glass to the rearmost windows.

Expect the ride to be firmer but the handling more agile thanks to the firmer S sports suspension.

The headlights have been upgraded to full LED units, while the rear ones are hallmarked by dynamic indicators – the beam of amber light pulsates outwards with each flash.

There’s a smattering of ‘S’ logos in the cabin, including ones embossed onto the leather and Alcantara sports seats – while the sportier steering wheel and gear lever are trimmed in perforated leather.

Topping the line-up is the performance-focused SQ5. It looks very similar to the S Line but is differentiated by 20-inch versions of the same alloy wheel design, electrically adjustable seats with fine Nappa leather upholstery, and the upgraded MMI navigation plus multimedia system.

Optional Audi Q5 SUV accessories

Eleven metallic and pearlescent paint finishes supplement the two standard choices, with an array of alloy wheels up to 21-inch diameter allow for greater personalisation.

Two suspension options are listed: the Adaptive Comfort system allows for a degree of control to vary the firmness using the Audi Drive Select, but for even more control, comfort and enhanced off-roading capability, the more expensive Adaptive Air suspension gets our vote.

Usefully, Audi has bundled a number of key options into packs, although many of the component parts are also available as individual options to suit varying budgets.

Adaptive Cruise Control Plus Pack: distance-regulation cruise control is joined by Predictive Efficiency Assistant, which uses sat-nav data to advise the driver on how to be more efficient, or even match the local speed limits automatically. There are also two anti-collision technologies integrated into the system

Comfort and Sound Pack: electrically adjustable front seats, keyless entry, hands-free tailgate and an uprated Bang & Olufsen sound system

Light and Vision Pack: the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit is joined by an increased degree of interior LED lighting, with 30 hues to select from, and LED matrix headlights which shut down sections of light to allow main beams to remain partially on without dazzling oncoming drivers

Parking Assistance Pack: 360-degree camera positions are supplemented by an automated self-parking function

Parking Assistance Pack Advanced: as its name suggests it builds upon the aforementioned pack with blindspot warnings, a rear cross-traffic alert to warn the driver of oncoming traffic when reversing out of a space and exit warning to advise occupants of oncoming traffic before they open a door

Technology Pack: enhanced MMI system with 8.3-inch display screen, 10GB hard drive for music storage, DVD player and wireless smartphone charging for compatible devices

Vision Pack: fully digitised 12.3-inch instrument binnacle, head-up display (HUD) system to project key information onto the windscreen and automatic main beam function

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Trim

Equipment

Key:

Standard item

Optional item

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
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