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'ello 'ello peeps,

I've just picked up a brand new 2021 model Q5 40 TDI S-line to replace my previous 8R model Q5. It's a superb piece of kit but for one annoyance. Is anyone else disappointed with the centre armrest? The 8R armrest had a ratchet mechanism that held it in position but this one is just held with friction, as soon as i put any weight on it it drops to the bottom. is this normal?

It doesn't extend either. Pants.
 

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Hi Shineydave

I feel the same way, due to Covid I was unable to get a good look at the car in a showroom setting and had failed to realise the armrest was not set up the same, I only got a DIY video from the salesman. Also disappointed that the phone charger platform has gone (I thought it was part of the "Technology pack" which is now standard in this car). I was told that few customers found it useful and that it was not reliable, my previous Q5 had two replaced under warranty when they failed in under 2 years. I felt that considering the price you pay just to have an open space with two cup holders did spoil the appearance of the entire centre consul. It seems that in the USA Audi users have complained about this too so a "cup holder cover" was created, something not so far available in the UK. With all the free time I have during "stay at home" I decided to make a DIY platform using a piece of acrylic black sheet, cut to size and shaped to fit the recess, it blends in with the redesigned centre consul now missing the touchpad and selector knob. I then bought a silicone charging mat which sits on the cover and holds my phone securely but at this price I would have expected more from Audi. That apart as you say it's a nice piece of kit, I've had no issues in the three weeks I've owned it but only managed 100 miles so far, maybe after lockdown we can proper test it í ¾í´ž
 

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Hi all , just picked up my new 2021 s line in Ultra Blue ( amazing colour ) . I had added the Audi phone box same as I had in my 2017 model but am extremely disappointed to see the same as Shineydave the ratchet and sliding mechanism has been replaced wit a non extending floppy armrest that doesn’t catch my arm at all , dammed annoyed at this considering the cars value. I have just looked on the configurator and see the now offer a deluxe arm rest for £200 with ratchet , how bad is this , poor on you Audi.
 
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Hi, I too have recently taken delivery of an s line Q5 having previously owned the sports Q5. I am disappointed about the floppy arm rest as the ratchet type arm rest was standard in my old sports model. I wasn't even made aware that the arm rest wasn't the ratchet type. Are Audi getting greedy by making customers pay more for a piece of equipment which was standard I wonder. My wife has just purchased a Q3 sports 21 plate and her arm rest is the ratchet type as standard.
 

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I’ve tried to find out if parts are available to buy si I can change the arm rest but I’m not getting much response from Audi UK , does anyone know if there’s a fix
 
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