2018 Audi Q5

Buyer's Guide

With over 1.5 million units sold in its first generation, the Q5 is by far and away one of Audi’s most successful models. But after a lengthy run that’s spanned more than eight years, it’s time for an all-new model.

The 2018 Q5 is completely redesigned, and is a new vehicle from the wheels up. It rides on the MLB platform, just like the Audi A4, and uses plenty of aluminum in its construction. You’ll find it in the suspension, the powertrain, the hood, the tailgate, and other areas. In all, the new Q5 weighs around 125 kg (200 lbs) less than the outgoing model, despite being slightly larger overall.

Style-wise, the Q5 is very much akin to its bigger brother, the Q7. The design as a whole is more angular, though some of the sharp edges and flat planes are softened by the flowing belt-line that swoops over the front and rear arches. LED headlamps framed by LED accented lamps are bold and bright, and flank the oversized hexagonal Audi single-frame grille. The cabin of the Q5 is similar to the A4 and Q7, sporting an available 12.3-inch TFT reconfigurable instrument cluster design, plus a large infotainment screen that appears to hover above the centre stack.

High-tech features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and wireless device charging are available. Radar cruise control with stop and go assist, emergency autonomous braking, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring are also available.

The Q5 is available in three trims: Komfort, Progressiv, and Technik, each of which is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine that develops 252 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque which is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. The engine also features and idle-stop system as standard.

All Q5s also get the brand new Quattro Ultra all-wheel drive system, which is also found on the A4 Allroad. The Ultra setup ditches the previous car’s centre differential in favour of a pair of clutch packs that can disengage the rear driving wheels to save fuel. With its advanced powertrain, the Q5 now consumes 10.7 L/100 km city, down from 12.0, though highway consumption increases slightly from 8.6 to 9.0.

Standard equipment on the Komfort includes xenon headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, metal-finish roof rails, power front wheels, heated front seats, leather upholstery, interior ambient lighting, 40/20/40 split folding rear seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, power tailgate, electromechanical parking brake, 7.0-inch display audio system, 10-speaker audio system, smartphone interface, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and selectable drive modes.

The Progressiv trim adds 19-inch wheels, panoramic sunroof, driver memory, aluminum interior trim, heated steering wheel, power folding mirrors, hands-free tailgate with stainless steel protector, garage door opener, navigation, reverse camera, and parking sensors.

Technik adds unique 19-inch wheels, blind-spot monitoring, 360-degree parking camera, heated and cooled cupholders, 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster display, full LED headlamps, Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System, configurable ambient interior lighting, Audi connect telematics system, automatic high beams, and heated rear seats.

Pricing for the Q5 starts at $44,950, with the Technik starting at $54,200.

2018 Audi Q5 Specifications

There are 3 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $44,950 MSRP
9.5
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
252 hp @5000 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
2.0 TFSI quattro Komfort S tronic $44,950 5 SUV
2.0 TFSI quattro Komfort S tronic 252 hp @5000 rpm 273 ft-lb @1600 rpm 7-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
2.0 TFSI quattro Komfort S tronic 183.6" 74.5" 65.3" 111"
2.0 TFSI quattro Komfort S tronic
2.0 TFSI quattro Komfort S tronic Leather Seats
2.0 TFSI quattro Komfort S tronic
2.0 TFSI quattro Komfort S tronic
2.0 TFSI quattro Progressiv S tronic $49,950 5 SUV
2.0 TFSI quattro Progressiv S tronic 252 hp @5000 rpm 273 ft-lb @1600 rpm 7-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
2.0 TFSI quattro Progressiv S tronic 183.6" 74.5" 65.3" 111"
2.0 TFSI quattro Progressiv S tronic
2.0 TFSI quattro Progressiv S tronic Leather Seats
2.0 TFSI quattro Progressiv S tronic
2.0 TFSI quattro Progressiv S tronic
2.0 TFSI quattro Technik S tronic $54,200 5 SUV
2.0 TFSI quattro Technik S tronic 252 hp @5000 rpm 273 ft-lb @1600 rpm 7-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
2.0 TFSI quattro Technik S tronic 183.6" 74.5" 65.3" 111"
2.0 TFSI quattro Technik S tronic
2.0 TFSI quattro Technik S tronic Leather Seats
2.0 TFSI quattro Technik S tronic
2.0 TFSI quattro Technik S tronic

Expert Review Articles

by Steven Bochenek
November 30, 2016
More like a car than ever

Owner Reviews: 2018 Audi / Q5

Average Rating

2009 Audi Q5

by Stickhandle on 10-18-2012
Great family vehicle
It's an Audi so you can't go wrong. It has great and for the category is reasonably sized and fairly priced. The interior is so comfortable and attractive. It's got power and the all-wheel drive is excellent. This is a great family vehicle choice with some sportiness to it.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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2009 Audi Q5

by LaoPing on 10-17-2012
Audi Q5 can be can be both stylish and utilitarian
Audi Q5 can be can be both stylish and utilitarian. The Q5 should do a decent job. The rear seats fit three kids just fine.

For the most part, reviewers aren’t concerned about whether the 2012 Q5 can tackle family duty. They’re mainly impressed with the amount of power that’s available in the base 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, the 3.2-liter, six-cylinder upgrade and how fuel efficient these engines are.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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2009 Audi Q5

by LaoPing on 10-12-2012
Test Drive Audi Q5
Audi Q5 is worth every penny, not only the low price similar as a compact car, but also this Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money offers a lot for the price: great fuel economy, outstanding performance and a lush cabin.

Parents interested in the Audi Q5 can be confident that it should do a decent job. The rear seats fit three kids just fine.

Audi Q5 family is impressed with the amount of power that’s available in the base 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, the 3.2-liter, six-cylinder upgrade and how fuel efficient these engines are.

With standard leather seats and wood inlays, the Audi Q5 makes itself a truly luxury SUV
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
4/5
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