For anyone with even a passing familiarity with current Audi products, the Q5 cabin is instantly recognisable. In many ways this is a good thing, for in all but one key element the Q5’s cabin is an example of excellent ergonomics.

The dials and the air-con and entertainment controls are all cleanly designed, logically placed and, for the most part, manufactured from quality materials. It is, however, disappointing that the cabin isn’t more tailored for the Q5; other than the slightly taller dash, you could be in an A4. There is none of the flair you find, for example, in the VW Touareg, with its enlarged controls.

Other than the slightly taller dash, you could be in an Audi A4

Audi’s excellent MMI control system, however, continues to impress with its ease of use, and in this third generation the graphics are much improved, particularly for the satellite navigation.

The critical flaw in the Q5’s cabin, and one inherited from the A4, is the driving position. In the translation to RHD, the gearbox bell housing pushes the pedal box to the right. Although the Q5’s higher-set driving position means this is less problematic than in the A4, it still necessitates an uncomfortable twist in the lower body, damaging long-distance comfort. For a premium manufacturer, this is a surprisingly basic mistake.

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Elsewhere, the cabin is impressively spacious, with plenty of leg and headroom for four adults, five at a push. The rear seats – which split 60/40 and both slide and recline if you’ve specified the Rear Seat Plus option, are comfortable enough to ensure longer journeys will pass without complaint.

The deep 540-litre load bay is the biggest in its class, shading even the XC60's and putting the Freelander’s 405 litres to shame. As standard, the boot has a useful selection of hooks, power sockets and fastenings, which can be added to with Audi’s rail-mounted load securing system.

With the new Q5 on the horizon, there are three trim levels to choose from - SE, S line and S line Plus. Opt for the entry-level SE models and expect to find it is reasonably well-equipped with a 6.5in MMI infotainment screen, a 10 speaker sound system, DAB radio, electric windows, three-zone climate control and cruise control all as standard. Outside the Q5 is shod in 18in alloys, a rear spoiler, and rear parking sensors.

Upgrade to the S line trims and expect to find a sportier looking Q5, with bigger alloys, an aggressive bodykit and xenon headlights all included in the package, while the range-topping S line Plus includes Audi's sat nav system complete with a 40GB hard drive and parking sensors at the front. 

As you can imagine the SQ5 comes with its own bi-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine, and comes in two trims - SQ5 and SQ5 Plus. The main differences include a far more aggressive bodykit, quad-exhaust system, bigger alloys and a Nappa leather interior.

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