I am hoping to order a SQ5 and I am debating the merits of the Pana sunroof...I was told that there were some issues in the past with noise that was addressed but there is still the weight. My wife who will drive the vehicle a good chunk of the time (when we are not out as a family with the little one) seems to like the option but says if there are reasons not to get it then she does not mind going without it. I am undecided as I have never been in any variant of the Q5 without a Pana sunroof.
Would you all mind sharing your thoughts and experiences with and without it? Thank you for your time!
Speaking from a family perspective - my kids and their friends LOVE the pano roof!!!. It is huge and just gives the greatest vantage point (even at night). As far as noise I never experienced any creaks from the sunroof. The Pano sunroof is the one thing that really distinguishes the Q5 from the other SUVs out there.
I'll recap what I've read to date, but others will chime in and searching might get you into the more detailed threads.
Cons: heavy so impacts performance/agility/fuel economy, raises the car's center of gravity, some people have had issues with rattles and other quality issues, w/o tint it's a source of elevated heat in hot climates, tall people have mentioned more headroom without it...
Pros (you can infer which route I chose): it's a big *** sunroof that feels great when it's open and makes the car seem more open even when it's not...
Thanks all! I appreciate it. My dream would be lower with the euro OE suspension with the hopes that I could still tow down the road and one day chip the thing but for starters I think I will try and enjoy the car as is and work on the other items like sorting out winters on some wheels so I am ready for when it comes!
Very happy without the pano roof. No rattles, better handling and quieter. If I need open air motoring, I will use our cab, one of two motorcycles or an open race boat. Does the lawn tractor count? Everyone does what's best for them.
2011 Q5 Ibis White 2.0T
2008 A4 Cabriolet Ibis White 2.0TQS
2000 A4 Laser Red 1.8TQM (sold)
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4 Zone, Dual Pane, Heated & Cooled Seats, and a few other goodies.
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2000 S4 Blk/Blk
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1990 200 Quattro Red/Tan
1991 V8 Quattro 5spd Stick (rare) Blk/Blk
1987 5000 Quattro 5spd
1983 5000 S 5spd (263k miles on the original clutch!)
1979 911 Targa -- Ran on av gas.
I love the pano roof and it's usually one of the first things people comment on when they ride in my Q5...especially if they're in the back seat. My friend ordered his with out the pano and he's happy without it. To each his own!