2018 Audi Q5

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2018 Audi Q5 – Entering its second-generation, the 2018 Audi Q5 is all-new. It now offers more power from the standard engine, a revised all-wheel-drive system, more available technology features and crisp, new styling. The new Audi Q5: eliminate obstacles. Leave nothing to chance. When it comes to comfort, style and dynamics, the Audi Q5 2018 is the new benchmark pioneering technology, expressive styling and a powerful driving experience in one. There are no obstacles, only achievements.

First Drive 2018 Audi Q5
First Drive 2018 Audi Q5

2018 Audi Q5 Review

In what may be a sign the luxury SUV boom is about to turn into a glut, the star 2018 Audi Q5 is all new, but feels only marginally different from last year’s model. Audi built a new assembly plant in Mexico to satisfy America’s appetite for SUVs like the Q5, which are on their way to becoming the top-selling class of luxury vehicles in the U.S. and possibly worldwide.

All of which makes the 2018 Audi Q5 worth the wait if you’re looking for a premium crossover that can mix it up as equally on dry roads as those covered in snow or dirt. In this space increasingly crowded with alternatives from BMW, Cadillac, Jaguar, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, the Audi Q5 remains a standout.

2018 Audi Q5
2018 Audi Q5

2018 Audi Q5 Interior

The interior 2018 Audi Q5 SUV has plenty of passenger space. The luggage compartment is slightly smaller than the 2017 model, but cargo compartment outstrips its predecessor when you fold the rear seat flat. The front seat provides plenty of storage for phones and other gear. The dash and doors are covered in soft, appealing materials.

2018 Audi Q5 Interior
2018 Audi Q5 Interior

The climate controls use simple buttons and dials. Audi has adopted CarPlay and Android Auto to manage smart phone apps, but the application is clumsy. The Q5 requires Audi’s old-style rotary MMI controller to select apps and other functions instead of the easier and more appropriate touch screens the best systems use. The result is a bit like having to use a computer mouse to use your iPhone.

2018 Audi Q5 Exterior

That, of course, is the sign of great design—that something so big can be comfortable, using its bulk, plus light on its feet, like a heavyweight champion fighter. Here’s hoping Audi can do it again when the time comes.

2018 Audi Q5 Reviews and Rating
2018 Audi Q5 Reviews and Rating

The exterior is the same: unexpectedly reassuring, with such high-quality design elements as brilliant Xenon headlights, LED tail lights, and that wide, friendly front grill—all distinctive, yet uncomplicated. The exterior mirrors are heated and power-operated; the rear tailgate is automatic, too, with privacy glass included as standard, read more at Audi Q5 Reviews.

In terms of styling, we can see a nice evolution from the outgoing model. The use of LEDs for the headlights and taillights brings a decidedly modern touch. Sporty-looking wheels continue to play a key role in defining the Q5’s aspirations, as does the dual exhaust built into the lower part of the rear bumper. Furthermore, the S line package adds another layer of sportiness; it’s certainly worth the extra cost if you like cars that are a bit flashier.

2018 Audi Q5 Performance

When it goes on sale next spring, the 2018 Audi Q5 will be available with a single powertrain, namely a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine. It’s not like the TFSI we already know (which has been built in Mexico by Volkswagen for many years); for its third generation, output is up from 220 to 252 horsepower, along with 273 lb.-ft. of torque, thanks in large part to revised pistons, stronger materials, and a specially developed turbocharger.

The 3.0L TFSI V6 might return, but as far as we could tell from our conversation with Audi engineers, it seems unlikely to. Same thing for the TDI engine. One thing’s for sure, though: A new hybrid variant is coming. And a high-performance SQ5, too.

2018 Audi Q5 Exterior
2018 Audi Q5 Exterior

2018 Audi Q5 Engine

The 2.0L engine has more horsepower and torque than most competitive four-cylinder power plants. Peak torque of 273 lb-ft is available from 1,650 to 4,500 rpm for responsive acceleration around town and on the highway. The smooth and quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission adds to the sporty feel and delivers good fuel economy.

The Environmental Protection Agency rates the Q5 at 23 m.p.g. in the city, 28 on the highway and 25 in combined driving using premium fuel. The combined fuel economy feature beats all the competing four-cylinder-powered SUVs with the exception of the highly efficient but slower Jaguar F-Pace 2.0d diesel, which starts at $46,275 and has an EPA combined rating of 29 m.p.g.

2018 Audi Q5 Price

Ultimately, the second-generation 2018 Audi Q5 marks a good step forward, combining all the ingredients to maintain its domination in the compact SUV segment. Pricing will have to stay competitive, though, because the other contenders are never too far behind.

2018 Audi Q5 Price
2018 Audi Q5 Price

All Q5 have Aud Quattro all-wheel-drive system. Prices start at $41,500 for an Audi Q5 Prices with a turbocharged 252-hp 2.0L four-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. A performance version called the SQ5 starts at $54,300 and has a supercharged 354-hp V6 that generates 354 hp and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

I tested a well-equipped 2.0L Q5 with head-up display, 20-inch five-spoke wheels, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone and Audio compatibility, Bang & Olufsen Audio, navigation, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, top view camera, power tailgate, USB port, panoramic power sunroof, blind spot alert and more. It cost $54,300. All prices exclude destination charges.

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