2021 Audi Q5 Interior Review

With a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen and plenty of standard luxury features, the 2021 Audi Q5 offers a premium interior.
Written by Shannon Fitzgerald
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
An enhanced touchscreen infotainment system, cabin roominess, and stylish wood inlays bring a thrill of luxury to the 2021
Audi Q5
’s interior.
Praised for its comfortable and commanding front seats and a wide variety of tech features, the 2021 Audi Q5 certainly doesn’t lack in interior details. But with so many capable luxury compact SUVs out there, like the
Acura RDX
Volvo XC60
, does the Q5’s interior really stand out?
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2021 Audi Q5 interior

There are three available trims for the 2021 Audi Q5:
Premium Plus
, and
. The Q5 also has two sporty variants, the 2021 Q5 Sportback and the high-performance
At its base Premium trim, the 2021 Q5’s starting price is around $43,000, and the Q5 Sportback starts at around $47,800. The SQ5 takes the higher end of the Audi’s price range starting at $52,900 and climbing to $70,000 fully loaded. You can also purchase a Q5 hybrid plug-in, which starts at around $51,900
The price of a new 2021 Audi Q5 reflects new car costs for the
Mercedes-Benz GLC
. It’s higher, however, than both the Acura RDX and the
Lexus NX
. But does the 2021 Audi Q5’s higher price tag reflect a superior interior? Let’s take a look. 


You can fit up to five passengers in the 2021 Q5’s two rows of seating, though critics have noted four might fit most comfortably. Leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats come standard, while upgrading to the Prestige trim brings heating and ventilation to both the front seats and back outboard seats. 
The Audi Q5’s rear seats easily fold in a 40/20/40 configuration, allowing for greater room and flexibility when it comes to passenger arrangement and cargo storage. Here are a few of its interior seating dimensions: 
Interior dimensions
Front head room
39.6 inches
Front leg room
40.9 inches
Front shoulder room
57.7 inches
Second row head room
39.3 inches
Second row leg room
38.0 inches
Second row shoulder room
56.5 inches


The 2021 Audi Q5 easily has more tech features available than most other luxury compact SUVs. That said, the redesigned 10.1-inch infotainment screen (12.3-inches on higher trims) has been criticized for feeling awkward and complicated to use. 
This doesn’t make the well-stocked infotainment system any less impressive, though. Here are just a few of the 2021 Audi Q5’s noteworthy tech features:  
  • MMI Navigation Plus
  • Audi connect CARE emergency communication system
  • Remote engine start
  • Remote and proximity sensing keyless entry
  • Two USB ports and smart device integration
  • Virtual Cockpit featuring an extensive list of navigation and other infotainment services (Premium Plus, Prestige trims)
Optional add-ons include a head-up display, traffic sign recognition system, and a Bang & Olufson 19-speaker premium 3D sound system—among many other ultra-convenient tech upgrades. 
While the 2021 Q5’s tech impresses, to say the least, it should be noted that drivers have found its previous-generation MMI infotainment dial and touchpad controller slightly easier to use. 
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With the second row up, the 2021 Audi Q5 has 25.8 cubic feet of cargo storage, which jumps to 54 cubic feet once the second row is folded. While the BMW X3 (23.7/62.7 cubic feet) and Acura RDX (29.5/58.9 cubic feet) offer a little more cargo volume in comparison, the 2021 Audi Q5’s cargo volume is about average for its class.
Note that the Q5 Sportback actually has less cargo storage than its less-sporty variant, however, with 24.7 cubic feet behind the second row and 51.9 cubic feet behind the first. 


The 2021 Audi Q5 shines when it comes to style. Unlike most cars, leather seating and genuine brown walnut or birch wood decorative inlays are standard rather than an upgrade. You can outfit your leather seats in beige, black, brown, or gray, with Granite Gray or Rock Gray stitching to complete the look. There is also a panoramic sunroof equipped as standard. 
Honestly, it doesn’t really matter which trim level you go with here—the 2021 Audi Q5 offers premium interior craftsmanship in each of its models. 

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