Without a major overhaul for eight years is a long time, especially for the luxury crossover in the class that’s constantly evolving and many new competitors. But not the Audi Q5, first launched in 2009, it became Audi best-selling vehicle in America. When it comes to redesign, it goes carefully. What makes the Audi Q5 2018 worth to wait.
The new Audi Q5 is not a stylish shift from its predecessor. The lines are rather crunchy, tight, narrow. This subtle evolution masked deeper changes beneath the metal. The 2018 Audi Q5 now uses a new chassis based on the latest A4 sedan. It’s longer, taller and wider, not much, but enough to open more space for rear passengers and cargo space. More importantly, the new chassis produces a much smoother ride than before, handling frequent complaints on previous models.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Audi Q5 is a five-passenger compact luxury crossover SUV available in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels.
Standard equipment for the 2018 Audi Q5 Premium includes 18-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, roof rails, LED running lights, automatic xenon headlights, LED taillights, rain-sensing wipers, a power liftgate, heated side mirrors, a rearview camera, push-button ignition, tri-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, transmission shift paddles, eight-way power front seats with four-way power lumbar, a reclining 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, an infotainment system, Android Auto integration, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth phone connection and automatic emergency braking.
Move to the 2018 Audi Q5 Premium Plus models get you LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming side mirrors, keyless entry, driver-seat memory settings, rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats and satellite radio.
The Prestige models get all the features above plus 20-inch wheels, noise-insulated side windows, a view parking camera, a head-up display, ambient cabin lighting, a touchscreen navigation system, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster display, a Wi-Fi connection and a Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system.
Optional package for the Premium models is the Convenience package, which adds keyless entry, eight-way power seats, satellite radio and heated side mirrors. The Navigation and Telematics package adds digital gauge cluster, Wi-Fi and touchscreen navigation. Stand-alone options including 19-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and rear side airbags.
The Premium Plus trims can be added with 19- or 20-inch wheels, heated steering wheel, ventilated sport front seats, heated rear seats, rear side airbags, touchscreen navigation, Wi-Fi and upgraded audio system.
Some Premium Plus option are also available on Prestige models along with an adaptive damping suspension and aluminum or ash wood trim inlays. A fixed roof can also replace the standard panoramic sunroof on Premium Plus and Prestige trims.
For US models, all the 2018 Audi Q5 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder direct-injection engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The european versions get a mix of gas and diesel engine choices, a strong 3.0-liter TDI turbodiesel that pump out 282 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. A new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission replaces the previous eight-speed auto. Audi’s new Quattro Ultra all-wheel-drive system is standard equipment. Audi claims, the 2018 Q5 will hit 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds, about 1.1 seconds quicker than previous models.
Inside, the seats and spacious cabin covered with high quality upholstery. Stitches, materials on the panel and touch points embody the luxury that makes Audi famous. This is a first class interior, and the cabin feels very big, and more spacious than you expect when viewed from the outside.
The seats have excellent shape and support, even for long distance travel. Optional heated and ventilated seats are available on higher trims providing a better level of comfort. The 2018 Audi Q5 is very quiet, even on a bad road. Not quite quiet, but the road noise and wind are generally unobtrusive.
One inch longer and two inches wider than before, and 0.5 inches longer wheelbase, the new 2018 Audi Q5 offers some luxury in it. The rear passengers enjoy the benefits, with almost half an inch more leg room. Utilities also benefit, increasing cargo capacity to nearly 60.1 cubic feet with rear seats folded (up 3 cubic feet). However, the luggage space actually decreased by 0.4 cubic feet (to 28.7 cubic feet).
Price and Release Date
The 2018 Audi Q5 will available in US showrooms during the spring of 2017. The price starts at $42,475 for Premium models. Pay $4000 extra for the Premium Plus trim, and another $5300 for Prestige models.