The interior is typically Audi, with superb finishes and faultless build quality. But there are some hints to the age of the Q5 overall: the fascia and centre console retains traditional switchgear, in contrast to the button-free layouts of newer Audi products. Some may prefer the familiarity, others may yearn for the sparse, screen-intensive cockpits that are fast becoming the standard in the premium class.
As is always the case, buyers have a lengthy options list at their disposal when considering an Audi. The 40 TDI test unit we spent our time with (the one in these pictures) came loaded with nearly R200,000 worth of extras!.
Items included a panoramic sunroof for R25,100; 19-inch alloys for R5,000; keyless entry with a sensor-controlled tailgate release function costing R10,800, and; a R15,500 Bang & Olufsen sound system. If you want a suspension system with adaptive damping, that will be R19,000, please. Some additions were a little more curious. Audi charges R9,100 to paint the brake callipers red and will make you pay R1,800 so rear passengers can have their own USB ports.
Costly options are par for the course in this category, but ticking too many might inflate the price to the point where the Q5 Sportback might seem less appealing in light of what else could be had for similar outlay.