We’ve looked at a few other Audi vehicles and found them to be a bit of a challenge in terms of mounting devices. So the difficulties here aren’t too surprising.
Audi Q5 Mounting Locations
A photo of the interior of the Audi Q5 is included. Nice looking interior but there’s a few issues. Most notable is the center display which pops up above the vents. This eliminates the dashboard as a mount point. Simply not enough room.
The cup holders are set somewhat towards the back seats and this makes a device mounted here difficult to view so we aren’t going to recommend any cup holder mounts.
The seat bolt rail provides sufficient room for a mount but the Audi Q5 bolts aren’t easy to remove so we’re passing on recommending any of these mounts.
Now, let’s look at some good mount locations for an Audi Q5. We uncovered several good choices for mounting a device.
Windshield and Vent Mounts for an Audi Q5
Consider a windshield mount for a phone or GPS. One of our favorite mounts is the Arkon MegaGrip Suction Cup Windshield and Dash Mount. The suction mount features a vacuum locked suction cup and pivoting arm. The phone can swivel into any orientation. The expandable cradle opens to 3.4 inches and will hold most phones with or without cases.
Remove the cradle and adapter from the above mount to hold a Garmin GPS. The ball is 17mm in diameter. It will snap right into the socket on the back of any cradle from a Garmin automotive GPS.
If you just need the mount for a Garmin GPS, then check into the Arkon Windshield Dash Garmin Nuvi Suction Mount. The 17mm ball will fit the back of the Garmin cradle. This is for people who prefer their Garmin GPS to the one included with an Audi Q5.
Both of the above mounts include an adhesive dash plate. It’s a round plate that is smooth so the suction cup can stick to this just like the windshield. This enables use of either mount on the dash. However, you’re unlikely to use this option because of issues already discussed.
The air vent is another possibility for a phone or GPS. If selecting this option, keep in mind it will partially block the center display so it may not be the best option and might get in the way.
If selecting this mounting location, consider the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount. This minimalist mount will hold most phone models with or without a case or skin. It has a ball and socket so the cradle has the capability to be oriented downwards towards the driver. The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is large enough for almost any phone. You can also use this mount for a Garmin GPS as it features a ball size that matches up with a Garmin cradle.
We reviewed the Square Jellyfish mount in detail in 2016 and have used it in a few vehicles with good results.
Tablet Mounts for an Audi Q5
Mounting a tablet in an Audi Q5 is difficult and a temporary mount will not work. Tablets are larger than a phone so mounting it on a windshield is going to block too much of your view and isn’t recommended. The only possible option that can be recommended is a floor mount which would require a few screws into the floor board.
While the floor mount doesn’t work well for apps that need to be viewed while driving, it’s good for apps that can be setup prior to driving such as music. So, in other words, don’t use this location for Waze.
You can consider the Arkon 22″ Seat Bolt Tablet Mount. The best location for this mount will be the passenger side next to the center console. The mount is typically attached to a seat bolt, but also comes with a direct floor attachment and includes screws for that purpose. The 22″ stalk is made of a flexible gooseneck so that you can bend it out of the way for a passenger. The cradle part is easily removed.
So in summary, when it comes to an Audi Q5, the windshield is the best location for a phone or GPS followed by the air vent. The tablet is a challenge but a direct floor attachment might be suitable.