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2016 Audi Q5 SUV Infotainment, Seating and Interior Features

Updated on: May 10, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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 The compact Q5 has been the cornerstone of Audi’s success with SUVs, especially in the United States. Offering admirable power and performance, the 2016 Audi Q5 doesn’t falter with its luxury and offers a strong list of standard features. Design-wise too, the interior of the 2016 Q5 lacks drama, although encompasses a detailed and subtle dashboard front, with plenty of color combinations on offer. For the starting price of MSRP $40,900, the Q5 recieves panoramic sunroof across the trim lineup, while the Premium trim's Navigation Plus packages for the year now includes the Audi Connect telematics.

Further, the Technology package available with the top-tier trims also includes the premium Bang & Olufsen sound system as standard. Offered in three distinct trims, you can either choose to get the Inline-4 variant or the more potent V6 variant with the 2016 Q5 neither of which would disappoint you. The passenger ride is smooth and comfortable and the upscale interior keeps up with your expectations in terms of design and opulence. With adequate interior dimensions, it competes against the likes of BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC 300, and Volvo XC60.

 

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2016 Audi Q5 Interior Design, Dimensions, and Comfort

The 2016 Q5 presents us with a pretty attractive interior design with plenty of interior color combinations on offer, even though it might not appear modern. The dashboard is designed well to offer a good blend of luxury and utility. The central infotainment system is placed in a rhombus-shaped enclosure, while the AC vents lie below it. The perspective is certainly unique and catches your eye. The buttons and dials are placed below and allow easy access for the driver. Almost everything in the cabin is intuitively placed, and the design is highly ergonomic. The quality of the materials used is also quite laudable.

The Q5 comes with leather seats as standard. It also offers beautiful aluminum and genuine wood interior trims and accents including the famed chestnut brown interior accent, which not only appears quite pleasing but the fit and finish are also quite up there. The subtle details, such as the AC vents being surrounded by aluminum trims, and the interior lights make the interior all the more attractive. Everything falls into place well, and for the price, Audi puts up a strong luxurious interior.

Models

2016 Audi Q5 

2016 BMW X3

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2016 Volvo XC60

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Interior Passenger Volume (cubic feet)

101.5

N/A

N/A

98.6

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/57.7/41.0

40.7/57.3/39.9

41.9/57.3/40.8

38.0/58.2/41.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.0/56.4/37.4

39.1/56.0/36.5

39.6/56.5/37.3

38.1/56.3/36.4

The Premium trim comes with 12-way power-adjustable front seat with 4-way power lumbar support. The Q5 Premium Plus and Prestige trims take things up a notch and include 2-position driver's seat memory and 3-step heating. Even though the passenger’s seat does not include power lumbar support by default, you can equip the Luxury Package and it will include 4-way power lumbar support for the passenger’s seat as well. The space inside the Q5 is pretty good both in the front and rear rows, courtesy of decent interior dimensions. The front row offers lots of space, but even the rear row offers plenty of room for 3 passengers. Unless you are very tall, you will have no complaints about being seated at the back.

2016 Audi Q5 Infotainment

The Audi Q5 Premium and Premium Plus trims come with a 6.5” color screen placed at the center of the dashboard, which serves as the primary infotainment display. The Prestige upgrades to a 7” WVGA screen which runs on the MMI Navigation Plus System. It also offers you a control knob with a joystick, along with buttons in the center console to operate the system. The system is decent, fluid, and also responds quickly with a pretty user-friendly interface.

Coming to the features on offer, the Premium and Premium Plus trims come with an Audi music interface with iPod integration, Bluetooth, SD card slot, SiriusXM radio, and other basic features like in-dash mounted single CD and MP3 player, RDS, and more. The topmost trim also adds HD radio, SiriusXM Traffic, and a voice control system; and it also features Audi Connect with a 6-month trial subscription. As for the audio system, the first two trims feature a 180W 10-speaker sound system. However, the topmost trim gets a 505W 14-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system with Dolby Digital 5.1, which is excellent for listening to music.

2016 Audi Q5 Cargo Capacity

Behind the rear seats, the 2016 Audi Q5 can store up to 29.1 cubic feet of cargo. The Q5 is one of the most practical vehicles in the mid-size luxury SUV segment and is perfect for families who like to travel a lot. The Q5 can accommodate the entire family’s luggage quite easily for a trip or vacation. If you want to take your kids skiing or camping, that should suffice too.

But if you ever feel like you need more space, knock the rear seats down in a 40/20/40-split, and that will give you access to a total cargo capacity of 57.3 cubic feet to store larger items.

Models

2016 Audi Q5 

2016 BMW X3

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

2016 Volvo XC60

Standard Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

29.1

27.6

20.5

30.8

Maximum Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

57.3

63.3

56.5

67.4

With the seats up, Volvo offers the maximum cargo capacity, followed by the Audi which isn't too far behind. However, with the rear seats folded down, both the Volvo and BMW take the lead, leaving both the Audi and Mercedes at the bottom.

Additional Interior Storage Spaces

Inside the cabin, you will find a generous center console storage box, deep door pockets, cupholders for both front and rear row passengers, and also a few other small cubbies. There's also a sizeable cooled glovebox upfront, which would allow you to store perishables and keep them cool.

2016 Audi Q5 Creature Comforts

Both the Premium and Premium Plus trims share a similar list of features and creature comforts. These include power-adjustable leather seats, power lumbar support, leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, cooled glove box, remote keyless entry, manual tilt, and telescoping steering column, and more. The Prestige adds heated front seats with seat memory, navigation, a control knob w/ joystick for the infotainment system, and a better sound system.

Some optional packages would also allow you to add 12-way power-adjustable front seats with 4-way power lumbar support, 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, color driver information system, adaptive xenon plus headlights, and heated and cooled cupholders. 

Final Verdict

The 2016 Audi Q5 strikes a great balance between luxury, practicality, and price. It offers an upscale interior with premium materials and offers an opulent aura without charging extravagantly high. The tech is decent and the German SUV also comes with a long list of standard features. It is also one of the most practical SUVs in its segment which is one of the reasons why families prefer it over other German SUVs. The 2016 Audi Q5 is an excellent package, overall, and we would recommend checking it out.


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