The verdict: The Audi Q5 Sportback takes the luxury compact SUV and adds coupelike styling to its rear end. Car seat fitment is excellent in the Q5 Sportback, making it a good option for families who want something that stands out from the crowded compact SUV field.
Does it fit three car seats? At the.
Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback.
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- Latch: The Q5 Sportback has two sets of lower Latch anchors in the outer rear seats. The lower anchors are easy to find under removable plastic covers and are easy to use. Three top tether anchors sit toward the base of the seatback. They’re well marked and easy to use, too.
- Infant seat: Our infant seat installed easily thanks to the easy-access Latch anchors. We had to move the front passenger seat forward about an inch to fit the car seat; that left our 5-foot-7 tester with just enough legroom to sit comfortably.
- Convertible rear-facing: To fit this rear-facing car seat in the Q5 Sportback, our tester had to adjust the front passenger seat forward about an inch — basically, the same setup as with the infant seat and with the same resulting legroom.
- Forward-facing convertible: The forward-facing convertible also installed easily with no issues connecting to the lower Latch anchors or the top tether anchor, though we needed to raise the head restraint to get a good connection. To raise the head restraint, push the button on the fob key to pull out the emergency key. Next, push the button on one side of the head restraint post and push the emergency key into the slot on the other side of the head restraint’s base.
- Booster: Our high-back booster seat fit well. The seat belt buckle folds into the seat cushion, but the buckle can be easily raised up and stays in position.
THE: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn’t impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.
B: One room, fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing the third row when available.
Ç: Marginal room plus one fit or connection issue. Difficult to access the third row when available.
D: Insufficient room, plus multiple fit or connection issues.
F: Does not fit or is unsafe.
About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks
Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.
For the Car Seat Check, we use the Chicco KeyFit 30 infant-safety seat, the Graco Contender 65 convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.
We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.
Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.
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