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2017 Audi Q5 Walk Around

Not all crossovers and SUVs age well, but the subtle, simply styled Q5 still looks handsome after almost a decade in Audi’s lineup. Throughout its life, excellent build quality has been a strong point. The 2017 model year will be the first-generation Q5’s last, as a replacement was exhibited in early fall of 2016.

Design elements hail from Audi’s group of sedans. Specifically, the Q5 is related to the prior-generation A4, which ranked among the German automaker’s best. In general, designers haven’t tried to overrun the Q5’s carlike curves, keeping its exterior free of drama and possibly negative surprises.

Interior

Despite its status as one of the oldest crossover SUVs in its category, the Q5 earns plaudits for its roomy and comfortable cabin – and its luxury touches. Highly refined and richly finished, the cabin demonstrates strong attention to details, as well as to trim choices. The interior also makes good use of available space, helped by an upright dashboard.

Following a cockpit-style layout with a relatively wide central console, the driver and passenger are well separated. Although it’s a bit cluttered, the dashboard presents a unified appearance. Trim possibilities include newly optional layered oak wood.

Both the driver and front passenger have good views ahead, and satisfying seats. A relatively long wheelbase translates to sufficient legroom for back-seat occupants. That seat slides, reclines, and folds forward. When folded, cargo space almost doubles, totaling more than 57 cubic feet. Smaller-item storage includes 1-liter cupholders.

Back seats don’t impede much of the rearward view, and outside mirrors are big.

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