The Audi Q5 is an exciting contestant in the premium SUV segment. Standing as a younger sibling to the Q7, it is one of the best-sellers in the US Market. For 2013 MY, it got a mid-cycle refresh to the interior and exterior. The new-look front grille, bumpers, and exhaust tailpipes make the 2013 MY slightly more prominent to the eyes but crafting subtle yet classy cabin has always been Audi’s forte and the Q5 is a prime example of the same.
2013 Q5 adds some minor cosmetic changes but retains the similar plush and elegance as the previous model year. You also now get simplified controls for the MMI Interface and climate control unit. It competes with the likes of Mercedes Benz GLK Class, Volvo XC60, and BMW X3. Other worthy mentions include the Acura RDX which comes with a cheaper price tag.
2013 Audi Q5 Interior Design, Dimensions, and Comfort
The 2013 Audi Q5 received a few cosmetic upgrades that almost went unnoticed. Interior changes include some extra metallic trim and a revised array of optional leather upholstery. However, the Q5 still feels fabulous and stands for the brand's high-end build quality and craftsmanship. Step inside the cabin and you can find that the clean surfaces and minimal cabin design resemble the similarly priced A6. Moreover, the 4-spoke design leather wrapped steering wheel is yet another visible upgrade that is specific to the Q-range. Metallic accents and wood trim also give a more upmarket ambiance. The driver gets a high and commanding view, and the visibility is exemplary. The cabin also feels delightful and airy, thanks to the wonderful combination of a big moonroof and windows.
Coming to the seating and comfort, 2013 Q5 can seat 5 people as standard in two rows. The front seats are well-padded and comfortable, and once you buckle yourself, the bolsters give maximum support, even on the tightest corners. As standard, the seats are wrapped in leather upholstery while the upper trims feature a premium Milano leather finish in either beige or black.
The front row comes equipped with 8-way power-adjustable bucket seats with a four-way lumbar support. As you move up the trim ladder, you get upgraded leather seats, more leather touch surfaces, heated and ventilated front seats, and power lumbar support for the front passenger seat. At the rear, you can easily seat three, while some rivals feel tighter. The seats also slide on a rail and the seatbacks recline to customize the posture convenience. There’s ample headroom and legroom in both seating rows, enough to restrain full-grown adults from complaining.
2013 Audi Q5
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class
2013 Volvo XC60
2013 BMW X3
Interior Passenger Volume (ft³)
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)
Beside the Mercedes Benz GLK Class, the Q5 is the roomiest in the class. However, the GLK Class has a tighter rear row. The cabin in either of the picks is well-decorated with top-notch material quality. But unlike the Audi Q5, none of the rivals offer sliding or reclining rear seats. The Q5’s cabin allows a bit of road and wind noise to seep inside, but it still has better sound-proofing than the Volvo XC60.
2013 Audi Q5 Infotainment
The 2013 Audi Q5 comes with a 7-inch display screen fixed into a cubby on the center stack. The system utilizes MMI or Multimedia Media Interface. You also get a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and satellite radio as standard. There are just four buttons on the center stack, one each for media, telephone, radio, and navigation.
The Premium trim lets the driver option Bluetooth and iPod interface, something that comes as standard with the Premium Plus trim. In the upper trims, the Q5 boasts MMI Navigation Plus package that includes a navigation system, digital music storage, voice controls, HD radio, and center-console-mounted MMI system. This system is known for its sharp graphics and intuitive nature. The Q5 also upgrades to a premium 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system in the Premium Plus trim level.
Key Infotainment Features
7-inch color LCD display
Audi MMI interface
Bluetooth and iPod interface
Optional MMI Navigation Plus package
Optional 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system
Optional rear entertainment system
2013 Audi Q5 Cargo Capacity
The 2013 Audi Q5 comes with 29.1 cu-ft of cargo space as standard. The rear seats recline and slide, hence it gives more flexibility to the cargo area and second-row room.
As standard, the 40/20/40 seats can be folded down for more cargo space. Moreover, the wide cargo opening, thanks to the hatch-back styled lift-gate gives proper access to the trunk, and allows bigger luggage to be pushed inside.
2013 Audi Q5
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class
2013 Volvo XC60
2013 BMW X3
Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)
The 2013 Q5 is generously spacious in terms of cargo space. However, the Volvo XC60 is the most spacious in the lot. Rivals like BMW X3 are scarcely spacious behind the rear row, but when the rear seats are folded, the space soars to a more competitive room, compared to the Mercedes Benz GLK Class.
Additional Interior Storage Spaces
The Q5 is quite roomy and spacious, but when it comes to interior storage spaces, it isn’t very impressive. You get small cubbies in the stack, a sizable glove box, door bins, and a shallow console under the front armrest. The Q5 also offers cupholders in both rows to hold your morning brew.
2013 Audi Q5 Creature Comforts
The 2013 Audi Q5 comes in various iterations; one can choose from 2.0T Premium, 2.0T Premium Plus, 3.0T Premium Plus and 3.0T Prestige. The 2.0T Premium trim comes standard with leather upholstery, 8-way power front seats (with four-way lumbar support), a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, tri-zone climate control, and a sliding and reclining 40/20/40 rear seat.
Moving up the 2.0T Premium Plus adds a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and power liftgate. Opting for the 3.0T Premium Plus adds a keyless ignition/entry. The top of the line 3.0T Prestige adds heated/cooled cup holder, rear door sunshades, and the Audi MMI Navigation Plus package. Moreover, you can also opt for the Comfort package which adds an array of features like ventilated front seats and power passenger lumbar support.
With subtle changes, the 2013 Audi Q5 wins in more aspects, compared to its rivals. Despite being a late entry to the segment, the Q5 has maintained its spot up top. The interior feels very spacious and comfortable. The cargo space is wide and can carry loads more than many German rivals. Overall, the 2013 Q5 is spectacular, if its infotainment is spared. The latter required time to get used to, and we’d expect Audi to add more physical buttons.