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Hi there

I'm wondering if anyone can answer a couple of questions for me.

I'm planning to order a 3.0TDI S-Line but I'm considering having Lane Assist which means the 3-spoke sports steering wheel will be swapped for a normal 4-spoke. From what I can gather I will lose the shift paddles but does anyone know if the steering wheel is larger? All the pictures make the 3-spoke steering wheel apear smaller but it could be an optical illusion.

Secondly, I'm going for the S-Line mainly because I prefer the look of the bumper profiles/grille etc. So it's cosmetic rather than any small difference in the suspension (I'm getting Drive Select anyway). However I'm not so keen on the all encompassing black interior. According to Audi, I cannot have any of the other colours of leather even though the sports seats and S-Line seats are essentially the same apart from the embossing which I can take or leave. From what I can tell, I could go for Audi Exclusive leather in another colour; I could get a re-trim or I could go for the SE model and change the bumpers, grille and foglight surrounds.

I'm after opinions really. We have an A6 Le Mans (all black interior) and and a Range Rover Sport with a light interior and both the better half and I find the latter feels far more airy than can be explained just by any slight difference in the interior dimensions.
 

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Cant comment on the steering wheel but like you I preferred the S-Line look so have ordered mine with the Panoramic roof to lighten up the interior.

Bill
 
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Thanks Bill. Yes I am going for the sunroof as well which might do the trick I suppose. My A6 doesn't have a sunroof and the Q5s I've tried that did were all non-S-Line with pale interiors.
 
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Panaromic sunroof should be all you need. If I had the cash and could guarantee no leaks then I would have opted for it.
I have often been a fan of light leather interiors but I think it clashes with the Aluminium inserts.
You could go for wood inserts but in my opinion that is out of fashion at the moment. - each to their own though.
I would be loathed to move away from the sline spec...if you went for an SE you would have to update wheels, body kits lights seats, front grill colour etc etc - much better residual values with the sline i would think.
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I got alacantara to lighten the interior and its much much better as the alcantara is more grey as it is perforated with silver dots and looks great. The thing with s-line is that you get the leds in the front lights with xenons , all the other non s-line I have seen don't have this and to be honest don't look as imposing ....
 
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I'd like to see the leather/alcantara option but can't find any pictures. A good reason for going this way is that the Q5 seems to suffer the same problem as many Audis . . . a saggy leather driver's seat. Even though the Q5 was released so recently, I have already noticed that the leather of the driver's seat base on some examples is starting to look a bit loose. This is a big bone of contention with TT owners and is the only thing on my A6 that gives away its mileage. It's time Audi did something.

You can get the LED lights on a non-S-Line but, as you say, I would need to change the bumpers and front grilles to get an S-Line lookalike. I'm thinking of changing the wheels whichever model I end up with. I like the polished 7 x twin spoke but these are what I have on the A6 so, for a change, I might buy a set of the 5 x triple spoke wheels as on some Audi RS models. These are fitted to the US version of the Q5 S-Line for 2010.

Wood, I agree, is out of fashion unless it's black and in my opinion somehow never suits Audis. Subject to seeing it, I'm thinking S-Line with alcantara and sunroof. If the darkness starts to make me feel suicidal, I'll get a retrim. If I get to try an S-Line before ordering and know I won't be happy, I'll bite the bullet and specify Exclusive leather in a pale grey, silver or off-white tone.

Thanks for all your input so far.
 

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pm me and I'll send some if I can find them (been 7 months since I took them !)
 

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I received my new Q5 last week and I am very excited
. I added a lot of extras and after one week driving around Cyprus I can comment on almost every one. If anybody wants to ask anybody I would be very glad to answer.

Q5 2.0 TFSI quattro S line 7-speed S tronic 211PS
Phantom black, pearl effect
Black milano leather S line sports seats

Collapsible spare wheel
Audi drive select ? full package

Technology pack ? including HDD Satellite Navigation/MMI High,
upgrade to Audi Parking System Advanced and electric tailgate
Mobile telephone preparation ? High
Electrically adjustable front seats
Audi hill-hold assist
High-beam assist
Tyre pressure monitor display
3-zone climate control
Advanced key
Climate cup holder
Cruise control
Garage door opener (Homelink)
Interior light package
Manual blinds for rear side windows
Panoramic sunroof
Rail system with load-securing set
Sun visor, retractable
Adaptive headlights including Xenon Plus headlights
B&O sound
REAR BENCH PLUS
SIDE ASSIST
Under Floor Storage
DOOR MIRRORS FOLDING
 

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I've got a question.

Do they come with the usual 4 hooks in the boot as standard if you don't specify the rail system
 

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Hi there

From what I can gather I will lose the shift paddles but does anyone know if the steering wheel is larger?
I think you can still have shift paddles with ALA and 4-spoke but not S-line badge and stitching. I can't see why the wheel would be larger though?

From the spec guide page 48:

2ZS 4-spoke multi-function steering wheel with gear shift paddles. S tronic models only (only in combination
with Audi lane assist)
 

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I would suggest that you go for the S-Line, and specify the panoramic sunroof as this makes a MASSIVe difference to the lightness in the interior, i would also suggest the black/silver alcantara seats - they are fantasticly comfortable and look great, again helping to lighten the interior.

Changing bumpers and lights etc gets expensive and requires notifying your insurance for further expense too!
 
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