The Audi Q5 is available at two trim levels – design, and sport – and in diesel (TDI) or petrol (TFSI) form. You can add features as extra-cost options, or in option packs.
Spending as little as possible will get you a Q5 2.0 TDI design, which comes with very bright xenon headlights, 18-inch wheels, the diesel engine, and the features common to all Q5s.
Paying more for a Q5 2.0 TDI sport brings you more side-bolstering on the front seats, to hold you in place better for spirited cornering. The sound system has a subwoofer for a richer tone, maps on the navigation screen are touch-sensitive, and you can play DVDs. A configurable digital instrument panel that Audi calls its virtual cockpit replaces conventional dials. Headlights use bright and very long-lived LEDs, and switch automatically between high and low beam. And you get much bigger – 20-inch – wheels, shod with wider tyres that are significantly lower in profile, a change that sharpens the steering marginally and adds grip on dry roads.
Sport trim also adds several driver-assistance features. The most useful is Adaptive cruise control with Stop and Go, which will reduce your pre-set cruising speed to match vehicles in front until the way becomes clear. In traffic, it can also bring you to a complete stop – and start you off again automatically.
With Adaptive cruise control comes Audi pre-sense front, which extends the collision warning and auto-braking to highway speeds. And there is Turn assist, which inhibits your turning right into the path of an oncoming car.
Spending a bit more again gets you the same features with the petrol engine: a Q5 2.0 TFSI sport.
Among options available at extra cost on any Q5 are a powered sunroof, and a Comfort package (which brings you a power-adjustable steering column and a memory for adjustments to the driver’s seat, among other features).
Among options available only on a Q5 sport (diesel or petrol) are Adaptive damper control and Adaptive air suspension. The former adjusts automatically how the car rides, softening the suspension for sharp bumps and firming it up for smooth corners. The latter, in addition, replaces the standard steel springs with air, and can vary how far off the ground the car rides – a potentially helpful feature if you venture onto rough ground, for example.
Audi also offers Q5 sport buyers a Parking assistance package, which includes a 360-degree camera and an auto-park function. And there is a Technik package, which buys you LED headlights that dip only a part of their multi-element high beams for other drivers (so that you can see better to each side), a 19-speaker sound system from specialist Bang & Olufsen, and a head-up instrument display (which puts a speedo, and navigation instructions, in your line of sight).