The previous Q5 was Audi’s best-selling SUV, and the new one develops on those strengths. The only engine unit available is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, but despite its humble 252-hp productivity, the 2018 Audi Q5 is quicker than some rivals powered by gutsier V-6 engines. Its interior is good-looking and well appointed. The infotainment system is instinctive and comes standard with an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot and both Apple CarPlay and Android os Automobile. Audi offers its cool Virtual Cockpit digital measure cluster as a choice on even the base model, and it comes with navigation and a larger central infotainment screen. Automated crisis braking is standard as well. The Q5 might not exactly be a performance driving a car machine like the Porsche Macan, but its well-rounded nature, overall refinement, and upscale persona should continue steadily to endear it to consumers.
It might be hard in order to at a glance, but the Q5 is indeed new for 2018. Audi made sure its best-selling crossover would be instantly identifiable, but everything is updated, signifying more high-tech features, a fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder, and modernized styling inside and away.
2018 Audi Q5 Specs
Aside from some small hiccups from the seven-speed automatic transmitting, the 2018 Audi Q5’s powertrain is well sorted and plenty of grunt for accelerating and transferring. Towing capacity is above average, too.
All Q5s feature a 252-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission, and Quattro all-wheel drive. The mixture is good for a 5.8-second run from zero to 60 mph in our tests, outperforming V-6-powered competitors from Lexus and Cadillac. In fact, it’s surprisingly near to the performance-oriented Porsche Macan S. The turbo four provides lots of punch to scoot the Q5 around town or blast down a highway on-ramp, and it is smooth, noiseless, and mellifluous.
The transmitting sometimes hesitates when you initially give it the gas before totally moving the Q5 ahead with all the engine’s authority. After the Q5 is up and moving, shifts are quick and unobtrusive, but when coasting up to a stop at low speeds, we noted an occasional refined clunk as the transmission decreased to first items.
2018 Audi Q5 Exterior
The 2018 Audi Q5 is undeniably good-looking and it slices a dashing silhouette in any of its three trims. Its compact form makes quick work of maneuvering into and out of restricted places, and high-tech external lamps casts an upscale shine at the front and rear.
Narrower and shorter in overall duration in comparison to its competitors in this matchup, the Q5 has cut measurements which make it one of the more small offerings in this portion. Parking-lot maneuvers are easy, and the Q5 should fit easily into most standard garages.
The Q5 will not be confused with some of its competitors, as it wears a peek that is distinctly Audi. It’s a conventional but dapper design that incorporates the brand’s trapezoidal grille, LED daytime running lighting fixtures, and a steeply raked windshield for a swept-back appearance. Graceful dynamic rear convert alerts blink fluidly in the path selected and add a futuristic touch. A big panoramic sunroof and a proximity key enabling keyless door and liftgate access are both optional on the base Premium cut and are standard on Prime Plus and Prestige models.
2018 Audi Q5 Interior
The “2018 Audi Q5” provides enough space for four men and women to get comfortable and offers plenty of upscale features, even on the bottom Prime model. The cabin is both tranquil at rate and easy to get into and out of, although we’re still left wondering who decided to put the front-seat cupholders in such an awkward spot. Boasting the most prominent- and rear-seat headroom in this matchup, the Q5 may fit taller adults better than competitors. Legroom in both rows is average, but in practice the Q5’s cabin feels spacious and airy.
Audi’s clean and simple home design theme translates beautifully to the Q5, with simple control buttons, an ergonomic design, and standard power-adjustable forward seats covered in leather. Upgrading through the three trim levels–Premium, Prime Plus, and Prestige–nets a lot more luxury features, including Audi’s slick Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster, which can be easily reconfigured showing a large navigation map, mobile contacts, media controls, or trip information. Three-zone computerized weather control is standard across the lineup, and manually adjustable thigh holds for both entry seating are optional. We’ve few complaints about the Q5’s high-quality interior, but we were frustrated by the keeping the front-seat cupholder: Located immediately in front of the center gaming system armrest, the cupholders are difficult to gain access to if the armrest is lengthened and in use.
2018 Audi Q5 Prices
Treat yourself. The 2018 Audi Q5’s top Prestige lean is a relative good deal at its starting price of $51,775. It comes standard with Audi’s 12.3-inches Virtual Cockpit screen, navigation, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen music system, a head-up display, and a host of other desirable features. We’d add the $1800 Driver Assistance offer as well, which includes:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane-keeping assist
- Auto high-beam headlamps
Since we’re northern dwellers, we’d cough up the $500 for the WINTER package. It gives a heated steering wheel and heated backside seating and brings our total to a still fair $54,075.