The new 2018 Audi Q5 returns thoroughly updated and prepared to square it off against industry top dogs such as the recently refreshed Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes-Benz GLC Class, and the BMW X3. According to Audi, the Q5 offers a high-tech interior, a good interior packaging, refined engines, and a terrific ride quality.
It was a no brainer fact that a major redesign was in the pipeline considering the Audi Q5 had lacked one in almost a decade – 8 years to be specific. That was a pretty long time that Audi gambled with especially given the nature of the segment. See, the luxury SUV segment is a brutal one and most automakers have to keep on their toes by constantly offering new cutting-edge designs and technologies.
The new Audi Q5 is now available in three trim levels – Premium, Premium Plus, and the top-of-the-range Platinum trim model. And as is the case with Audi, all these models are also supplied with additional but optional features for added customizations.
Much of the new changes can be expected underneath its skin, and those who expected tons of aesthetic changes might actually be disappointed as it may not look all that different than before. Although subtle, the changes on its exterior are a welcome addition. Audi says the profile follows the sinewy design language – the latest from the German automaker.
The interior however comes laden with plenty of new features and technologies. It is logical and soothing, save for the central display screen stacked up conspicuously at the center stack. Unlike those in other Audi vehicles, this one doesn’t fold. Nevertheless, the rest of the interior features are either new or updated for the infotainment, convenience, and entertainment features. For example, higher-spec models get the Audi Virtual Cockpit system that comes with a configurable LCD screen in place of the convectional gauges.
Beneath the hood, the Audi Q5 2018 gets the 2.0L four-cylinder engine – a carryover engine from before. But unlike before, the new engine is now rated at a whopping 252 horsepower and 273 pounds-ft. of torque – a 32 hp and 15 lbs. ft. of torque surge over the outgoing model. The SQ5, on the other hand, returns with the 354-horsepower – generating turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine. Audi says this late-introduction model should be able to zoom from 0-60 mph in just 5.1 seconds.
Despite Audi’s efforts of extensively using substantially lighter materials during its construction for purposes of reducing weight, the new model doesn’t quite cut it in that regard but rather achieves quite a laudable improvement in terms of structural rigidity. Additional standard and optional features keep its curb weight at around 4,000 pounds for the Audi Q5 Premium model.
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2018 Audi Q5 Review
- exterior design
- engine specs
- price & RELEASE DATE
The new 2018 Audi Q5 design isn’t that different from that of its immediate predecessor in most respects. Nonetheless, the lines are now narrower, tighter, and crisper than before. But these tiny evolutions mask major ones under the sheet metal. Audi says, the new model rides atop a new chassis that addresses much of the discontent levelled against its immediate predecessor.
Up front, standard LED daytime running lights and HID headlights flank the outrageously bold single-frame grille. LEDs are standard for the top trims but optional for the entry level model. At the back, the Q5 impresses thanks to the LED taillights with dynamic rear turn signaling elements. In addition to those, standard features to look forward to include 18-inch wheels, xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights, matte black trimmings on exterior side mirrors, a rear privacy glass, LED turn signals, aluminum roof rails, and automatic headlights.
Exterior colors include Azores Green Metallic, Ibis White, Brilliant Black, Moonlight Blue Metallic, Monsson Gray Metallic, Matador Red Metallic, Manhattan Gray Metallic, and Florett Silver Metallic.
2018 Audi Q5 Interior
This is the single most area that most changes have been concentrated on. The new model provides an impressive list of driver-assistance and technology features. Some of these include city-oriented automatic emergency braking, rear-cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring for speeds up to 52 mph.
As already mentioned before, the new model is available in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels. Available for the standard Audi Q5 Premium trim are features such as Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, 40/20/40-split folding and reclining rear seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats, and push-button ignition.
Opting for the Audi Q5 Premium Plus gets you heated front seats, keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, a blind-spot monitoring system, front and rear parking sensors, and auto-dimming side mirrors.
The Audi Q5 Prestige gets features such as ambient cabin lighting, a 12.3” digital gauge cluster display, a Wi-Fi connection, a touchscreen navigation system, a heads-up display, a Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system, and noise-insulated side windows.
Moreover, the Premium model can still be had with other additional features bundled in packages. These packages include the Navigation, Telematics, and Convenience package. The Premium Plus, on the other end, has optional features such as rear side airbags, an upgraded audio system, heated steering wheel and heated rear seats, ventilated sport fore seats, and touchscreen navigation.
For the well-equipped Audi Q5 Prestige, buyers should expect rear airbags, ash wood trim inlays, and an adaptive damping suspension system.
2018 Audi Q5 Specs for Engine
As already told, the new model returns basically with the same engine but one that features a welcome upgrade. Beneath its hood is a 252 horsepower-rated 2.0L four-cylinder engine that gets a 38 hp and 15 lbs. ft. of torque bump over what its predecessor offered.
This power is then transferred to all wheels via the seven-speed DCT transmission. According to EPA, it should be able to return 25 mpg in combined city/highway cruising, which ranks it as the most fuel efficient SUV in its segment.
Audi says the new model offers five modes of operation – Sport, Auto, Comfort, Individual, and Off-Road mode. Each alters the steering and handling precision whenever engaged. Don’t however expect the off-road mode to impress you when you traverse those winding trails.
Even though the 2018 Audi Q5 is yet to undergo testing from the IIHS and the NHTSA, chances are that it’ll achieve a perfect score on most if not all parameters. This is because it comes with a laudable list of safety features such as rear automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic and more.
Price & 2018 Audi Q5 Release Date
Pricing starts from $50,015 – a few thousand dollars above and beyond that of the outgoing model which costs around $42 grand. As for the release date, Audi says we should expect the vehicle in showrooms this spring (2017) as a 2018 year model.
Stronger, taller, and packed with all the fancy bad-boy tech, the new 2018 Audi Q5 should undoubtedly continue to tread along the successful footpath already left by its predecessor. Nevertheless, this will not be a walk in the park given the available options buyers have.