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Old 05-29-2014, 08:31 PM   #1
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Hey All,


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!


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Old 05-29-2014, 09:06 PM   #2
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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.
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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...
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Not a sunroof fan but the car just seems naked without it. I am sure resale will suffer so I got it.
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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!
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Old 05-29-2014, 10:08 PM   #6
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The no sunroof = more headroom puzzles me. During our test drive, our sales adviser is 6'8" and he was tipping his head towards the sunroof which gave him an extra inch or so.
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:56 AM   #7
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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.
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If you do the Pano delete is there no sunroof at all or do you get the normal sunroof (as you would get on a B8 series sedan)?
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If you do the Pano delete is there no sunroof at all or do you get the normal sunroof (as you would get on a B8 series sedan)?
Model Q5 has only Panoramic glass roof

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Old 05-30-2014, 05:23 AM   #10
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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!
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:30 AM   #11
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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!
Amen. This has been beaten to death and I doubt if anyone is going to change his or her opinion on the matter.

It's great that there is a choice to satisfy any buyer.
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The majority of the people buying Q5's won't be able to tell the difference in performance with or without the pano roof. If you plan on tracking or racing the Q5 then delete away, but then again why would you get an SUV/CUV for that in the first place.

My kids love staring out the pano roof (especially on a clear night)...I'd rather have them daydreaming than playing on their electronics in the car anyways. I have no regrets about the pano whereas, if I didn't have it I'd probably regret not getting it unless it was my dedicated track car and I was driving it at it's limits.
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To each his own and I do understand the dilemma especially in AZ where it would bake the car even with the sunshade.
If you are really going to track the car then you might want to drive a Macon (I know this is an Audi forum), it was impressive for that purpose.
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My vote is for the Pano Roof.

It opens up the car, adds more natural light and make it seem more spacious and less claustrophobic.

The resale value will take a slight ding.


If it was something you could get money back for then maybe, but you are removing a feature for no money!
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The first pano roof I had was great ... for a while. But it always seems to be too hot and or too bright to really use it much. Throw in some allergy sufferers, and it rarely got used after the honeymoon period. Knowing we wouldn't use it much, or maybe at all, we wanted to delete it from the Q5, but we were disappointed there was no cost deduct. We basically took it for resale value. We haven't had any problems with it, but we also don't use it. I would like it if the roof was a standalone option on all trim levels. At the very minimum, the deduct should come with some sort of credit.
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FWIW...I have always gone for no sunroof nor convertible for lightest weight and best handling on my cars, but despite my plans for Stage2 Tune and other mods on the Q5, this is still my daily driver SUV secondary family car (I personally like that all 6 of us can't fit in it - forces most of the abuse onto the other, larger beast...but I digress).

Anyway, I will never track this car even if capable of tuned mid 12 second 1/4 miles. Thus, the pano roof stays for purely non-performance reasons, and I will be OK with that decision Maybe I'm getting old, and mileage may vary and all that stuff, but for me, it adds a bit of nice "fluff" in the only vehicle I've owned where I'm not wringing out every ounce of performance.
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The difference between a Pano Q5 and non-Pano Q5 at the track is the driver. Both are driving the wrong car
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Old 06-01-2014, 03:14 PM   #18
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The pano is one of my favorite features. Passengers love that thing. Every time I open the shade with people in the car their reaction is priceless. So far no rattles.
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I love my pano! I live in Southern California and it is a great option to have. No issues with noise for me.
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I love it and I think it adds an added luxury element to the Q5. I have a black leather interior and was just in Vegas, but I really didn't notice any added heat inside from it. It was 107F so in my opinion the heat factor with it isn't an issue. Also, the pano roof makes star gazing or other gazing like, the Las Vegas strip light gazing that much better.

Plus, it helps reassure me when it comes to clearance in parking garages.
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