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The plug-in hybrid 2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV (or Q5 55 TFSI e quattro S line to use its official title) is a luxury five-seater SUV, which, as the name suggests, is like the Audi Q5 I previously reviewed with a sleeker, sportier shape at the back. In some cars, this affects visibility, boot space, legroom and headroom, especially in the rear seats. So let's jump in and see how the Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV fares as a BabyDrive and put it through our family car testing with Infasecure child seats and Thule prams…

BabyDrive Verdict

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The 2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV has a battery range of around 53km, which we found to be good enough for around town, or the school run!

When it comes to installing child seats in the 2024 Audi Q5 Sportback, there are ISOFix points in both outer rear seats. They are within plastic guides, and they are nice and easy to connect to.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV ISOFIX child seat anchorages in the second row

All three rear seatbacks have top tether anchorages, which are in the back of the rear seatbacks and easily accessible through the boot.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

I have three Infasecure child seats in the rear seats of the 2024 Audi Q5 Sportback. I installed the Infasecure Achieve More and Momentum More, both forward-facing, and the Infasecure Cocoon Go Infant Carrier, rear-facing behind the driver.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV with three child seats installed in the second row

This combination of child seats fits across the rear seats; however, you can't fit three forward-facing child seats across the back seats as they are too narrow across the shoulders where the head support of the child seats is. This is a consideration for families that need to fit three across and I found the Sportback wasn't much different to the conventional SUV shape version of the Q5 which is also a bit narrow across the shoulders.

Legroom is good in the Q5 Sportback, and we could fit a 180cm driver in front of the Infasecure Cocoon Go Infant Capsule or taller front passengers in front of the forward-facing child seats.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV legroom with forward-facing child seats installed in the second row

There are aircon vents in the back of the 2024 Audi Q5 Sportback so rear passengers can be kept at a comfortable temperature while driving along. There are also USB-C sockets and 12V for charging devices while driving too.

Rear passengers have good storage in the Q5 Sportback. Cup holders in a fold-down armrest in the central seat back that will hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup or a child's drink cup.

There are net map pockets on the back of both front seats.

The rear door bins will fit a refillable water bottle.

Storage is good in the front, too. The central console box has two cup holders inside it that will hold a reusable or disposable coffee cup. Behind them is a wireless phone charging pad, and underneath that is a storage area.

There are three storage wells around the gear lever for keys and phones.

The glove box will fit a wallet and iPad with the manual.

The front door bins will hold a refillable water bottle, a wallet and an iPad.

The Audi Q5 Sportback's boot has good storage for families. The boot floor is nice and flat for an emergency nappy change.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV top tether child seat anchorages in the second row

When empty, the 2024 Audi Q5 Sportback's boot space holds thirteen shopping bags, which is one less than the Q5 SUV and matching the Genesis GV70, Porsche Macan T and Lexus RZ 450e.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV boot space for shopping with two rows of seats in use

The Thule Sleek, future-proof, multi-configuration pram with a single seat…

Thule Sleek

…will fit in the Q5 Sportback boot with five shopping bags.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The Thule Sleek, future-proof, multi-configuration pram with two sibling seats…

…will fit in the boot of the 2024 Audi Q5 Sportback with four shopping bags.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV boot space for shopping with tandem stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The Thule Sleek, future-proof, multi-configuration pram with a single seat and bassinet beside it…

will fit in the boot of the 2024 Audi Q5 Sportback with no shopping bags

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV boot space for shopping with tandem stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The Thule Urban Glide 3 single is the ultimate all-terrain stroller…

Thule Urban Glide 3

… with the back wheels on, it will fit in the 2024 Audi Q5 Sportback boot with two shopping bags.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV boot space for shopping with single stroller pram if two rows of seats are in use

The Thule Urban Glide 3 double is Thule's beloved ultimate all-terrain stroller…

… with the back wheels removed, it will fit in the boot of the 2024 Audi Q5 Sportback with two shopping bags.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV boot space for twin side by side stroller pram and shopping with two rows of seats in use

The Thule Spring, lightweight and one-handed folding stroller…

Thule Spring

… fits in the boot of the Audi Q5 Sportback with seven shopping bags.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV boot space for shopping with compact pram if two rows of seats are in use

The Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV's boot can also accommodate a 90L and two 70L Thule Chasm duffle bags.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV boot space for luggage if two rows of seats are in use

You can put a medium-sized dog in the boot of the Audi Q5 Sportback.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV boot space for dogs with two rows of seats in use

There is a window lock button in the driver's door control panel for locking the rear windows so little passengers can't fiddle with them.

The Media system in the Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV is lovely, modern and easy to use.

It has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, so you can easily access your phone's music, podcast, navigation and messaging apps while driving.

The climate controls are on the dash below the media screen and air vents so they are easily accessible while driving.

You can keep an eye on your battery and fuel range in the driver's display.

When you put the car in reverse, the camera images are lovely and clear and fill the lovely large screen.

You can turn the parking sensor noise off with a button on the dash.

The 2024 Audi Q5 Sportback feels like a solid luxury car on the road. Its wind and road noise are good, and it is very economical on fuel. However, the Sportback's shaping affects visibility, and with three child seats onboard, you can not see very well out of the rear windscreen.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV with three child seats installed in the second row

Overall, the 2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV makes an enjoyable, practical and economical BabyDrive for those looking at luxury electric cars but remain concerned about charging on road trips. Two Infasecure child seats fit very comfortably in the back, three at a squeeze. With good legroom, the boot can hold the Thule Urban Glide 3 Double pram.

2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV boot space for twin side by side stroller pram and shopping with two rows of seats in use

The 2024 Audi Q5 Sportback PHEV does not have an ANCAP crash test rating because the plug-in hybrid was not included in ANCAP tests and this generation of Q5 was launched a long time ago and its ANCAP rating (five stars in 2017) expired at the end of 2023. It has airbags that cover front and rear occupants in the event of an accident.

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Tace Clifford
About Tace Clifford
Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.

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