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MSRP: $37,300 - $51,900
Invoice: $34,690 - $48,268
MPG: 20 City / 28 Hwy
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Audi Q5 Interior

Reviewers agree the 2014 Audi Q5 has an elegant interior that features high-quality materials and superb construction. They say both the front and rear seats are spacious and comfortable, and that the Q5 has good cargo space for the class. The Audi Q5 offers more standard features than some luxury compact SUVs, although a few critics say the standard MMI infotainment system could be more intuitive.

  • "As we've come to expect from all Audi models, the Q5 benefits from classy interior design and top-notch construction." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin boasts excellent materials, intuitive ergonomics, and great outward visibility, yet the interior styling feels a bit sterile, even by Audi's ascetic design standard." -- Car and Driver
  • "The shift lever and its surrounding cadre of buttons, knobs and dials would look at home in a private jet, while the optional wood grain lends a more classic feel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Despite being one of the more-affordable Audis, the Q5 maintains the brand's high standard for interior materials, detail assembly, and classy design." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Seating

The 2014 Audi Q5 seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats and rear seats that recline and slide forward and backward. Options include front sport seats, heated front seats, ventilated front seats and premium Milano or Nappa leather. Critics write that the Audi Q5 features spacious, comfortable front seats, and that outward visibility is excellent from the driver’s seat. Several reviewers note that the Q5’s standard adjustable rear seats are surprisingly roomy for a luxury compact SUV.

  • "Despite its compact size, the Q5 manages to feel roomy whether you're seated in the front or rear. The rear seats slide fore and aft, which is a rarity in this segment of luxury crossovers, and the seats also recline for greater comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "Second-row accommodation is surprisingly generous for a compact SUV, though three larger adults are a snug fit for longer journeys." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The comfortable driver's seat offers a commanding view." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • “I found the front seats very comfortable. Foot, knee, and head space in back are adequate for average-size adults." -- Businessweek (2011)

Interior Features

The 2014 Audi Q5 comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, iPod integration, a 10-speaker stereo, satellite radio and Audi’s MMI infotainment system. Options include a Bang & Olufsen sound system, HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, push-button start, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, parking sensors, a blind spot monitoring system, a panoramic moonroof and an upgraded MMI system with navigation and Audi connect, which provides wireless hotspot access and Google Earth map views. A six-month trial subscription to the service is included.

Some automotive journalists think the 2014 Q5’s list of standard features stacks up well for the class, pointing out that a number of competitors lack standard leather seats and tri-zone automatic climate control. A few reviewers say that the MMI infotainment system has a bit of a learning curve, though others write that the upgraded MMI system with navigation is easier to use. Additionally, one auto writer says that controls for some systems, such as the trip computer, are oddly placed.

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  • "Without navigation, the knob and buttons for the MMI system reside somewhat inconveniently on the center stack. With navigation, the controls are placed between the armrest and shift lever, where they're easier to reach." -- Edmunds
  • "Unlike some competitors, leather is standard even on base models, and 3-zone climate control will keep occupants front and back at the proper temperature." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Some testers still find that Audi's MMI infotainment controller over-complicates too many routine tasks, while others find it easy to learn with a little practice." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "For some functions, there are steering-wheel-mounted controls, too. Not all of them are intuitive to use: The trip computer, for instance, is operated via switches on the windshield wiper control arm, which were hard to find." -- Businessweek (2011)

Cargo

The 2014 Audi Q5 has 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats and 29.1 cubic feet of cargo space, which expands to 57.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. A power liftgate is optional. While some SUVs like the Volvo XC60 offer a bit more cargo room, the Q5’s cargo capacity is good for the class. Test drivers commend the Q5 for its useful cargo hold and wide cargo opening.

  • "A fairly low cargo deck and wide liftgate aid loading, as do easy-fold rear seat backs that latch nearly flat." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The Q5's roomy rear seats fold in a flexible 40/20/40 arrangement." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "Functionally, the Q5 is a dandy, with 29.1 cubic feet of storage behind the rear seats. With those seats folded, which can be accomplished with a single touch, the Q5 can swallow 57.3 cubes; it could take a few more if the second row folded completely flat, but at least the seats can be locked down." -- Car and Driver (2011)
  • "Cargo capacity is excellent.” -- Businessweek (2011)
Review Last Updated: 5/15/14

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