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2018 Audi Q5


City 23 MPG Hwy 27 MPG

Safety Rating

  • Overall Safety:
    5 stars
  • Frontal Crash:
    5 stars
  • Side Crash:
    5 stars

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Overall Rating:
4.7 (out of 5)
Value 4.4
Exterior 4.7
Interior 4.7
Comfort 4.8
Performance 4.7
Reliability 4.7
Great Car

by GRJ from Gainesville, Florida | January 20, 2020

Best car I have owned. Great pick-up and very comfortable to drive. I have owned 5 BMWs and this car is much superior. Perfect size SUV.


by Alfaracer from Wakefield, RI | January 13, 2020

Bought the year-old CPO Q5 to replace an Acura MDX and are very pleased. Good performance from the 2.0 liter engine, very comfortable interior, responsive brakes and steering and fine handling /ride. Radio/phone/nav system is complicated and takes a little learning and practice. This is our fourth Audi and we love them!

Fun Car to Drive and Functional

by BruceSD from San Diego, CA | December 31, 2019

I have owned the Audi Q5 for a little over a year and so far this car has been outstanding. It accelerates quickly with no hesitation on trying to get into the right gear. The Q5 drives like a sporty sedan yet delivers the functionality of an SUV. I look forward to driving this car every time I get in it. Plus, we just returned from a trip to Napa with an average MPG of just over 30. On fill up, the range was about 525 miles. It is roomy enough for four adults (comfortably) and there is plenty of cargo space in the back. On our Napa trip, we drove for 9 hours without feeling fatigued or beat up by the time we arrived. The only things Audi could improve upon are the size of the cup holders and a little more storage space in the console, which is the reason for the 4 stars on Interior Design. However, that would not keep me from buying another Q5 in the future. Fun to drive, functionality and good gas mileage - what more can I say.

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2018 Audi Q5 Overview

At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Audi debuted the redesigned Q5, an SUV whose prior generation is soldiering into its ninth model year. (Put another way, when the Q5 first showed up, more than half of all smartphones were BlackBerrys.) Despite that, the current Q5 is still Audi's best-selling nameplate in the U.S. by a hefty margin. Up front, the Q5 shares a lot of cues from the redesigned A4 sedan and larger Q7 SUV. Its six-sided grille is more defined, while the headlights feature continuous LED piping. Higher-resolution Matrix LED headlights are available. The tail mixes equal parts Q7 and Q3, with horizontal bumper reflectors and some decorative silver framework below. Alloy wheels range from 17 to 21 inches in diameter.

Roughly the same width and height as its predecessor but about an inch longer, the Q5 stays about the same size as its German competitors, the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class. The Lexus RX 350 is about 9 inches longer.

If you've been in the redesigned A4 or Q7, the Q5's low dashboard and stacked materials should look familiar. Audi mixes details from both cars in the new Q5, from the Q7's big touchpad to the A4's tablet-like screen. The screen measures 8.3 inches, while an available simulated instrument panel swaps physical gauges for a 12.3-inch display that can minimize the gauges to show other menus or the navigation map. Audi says the three-position backseat can both slide and recline.

Other available features range from a heated steering wheel to massaging front seats, Bang & Olufsen premium audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and an Audi-branded tablet for backseat entertainment. Stay tuned to see which features make it to the U.S. Q5.

Under the Hood
At least at first, the U.S. version of the Q5 will employ a turbocharged gasoline 2.0-liter four-cylinder that's good for 252 hp, according to Audi. It will pair with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Performance options for the global Q5 range from an adaptive air suspension to variable-ratio steering and an active rear differential that shifts power between the left and right rear wheels to optimize handling.

Audi says the Q5 will have a standard forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking. Available safety features include systems to mitigate collisions when you turn into oncoming traffic or open a door when a vehicle or cyclist is approaching. On the self-driving front, the Q5's available adaptive cruise control can steer the SUV in low-speed traffic.

Overview courtesy of Cars.com