The 2018 Audi Q5 competes with some of a many well-rounded foe among new cars. The Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, BMW X3, and Lexus NX are some of a best tiny oppulance SUVs on a market, and they all offer a lot of what a Q5 brings to a table.
The Q5 is all-new for 2018, and with it comes a latest powertrain, infotainment, and reserve technologies. The outcome is a well-rounded oppulance SUV that offers some of a best of what any of a competitors brings to a table.
With a new demeanour for 2018, a Q5 blends a high-tech feel of a headlights and steel grille support with slight curves above a circle wells. The curves conduct to elicit a really appealing Audi A5 Coupe.
Inside, a Q5 continues a trend of Audi’s high-tech cabins. The Q5’s cabin packs some-more and some-more tech facilities while still carrying an superb demeanour and feel.
The new cabin mercifully retains tangible dials for meridian and radio controls. The core console facilities a latest iteration of a MMI infotainment controller, that is comprised of a dial/joystick, categorical buttons for navigation, phone, radio, and media, as good as a entirely touch-sensitive pad.
This pad allows we to “draw” letters and numbers to simply enter an residence or contact. The brazen finish of a pad also has a series of preset buttons. To save a radio preset, we can simply reason down on one of those buttons. This is something automakers did with aged propagandize radios, and it’s lovely to see it come back.
I generally lamentation surrendering many of your essential core console space for tech features, though there are small trays for keys and phones, that creates for an elegant-but-useful cockpit, extended by Audi’s “virtual cockpit, a entirely digital instrument that can plan a navigation complement opposite a whole screen.
The bottom engine — and a engine in a exam indication — is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder creation 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. That’s rather considerable for dual liters, though if we crave some-more power, a accessible turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 creates 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.
The four-cylinder engine sends energy by a seven-speed automatic, while a V6 routes energy by an eight-speed automatic. Both drivetrains send energy to customary Quattro all-wheel drive.
There is a check in a acceleration, either that’s a turbo spooling adult for some-more energy or a shift/throttle mapping designed to optimize fuel efficiency, there’s a half-second disconnect. The automobile moves, though doesn’t comprehend a full acceleration intensity for another second. This competence get frustrating when going from red light to red light.
Pulling behind on a shifter while in Drive activates Sport change mode, with some-more assertive acceleration. A symbol next a meridian controls allows we to name opposite expostulate modes, including Dynamic (performance) model.
Cornering in all modes is fantastic. For a car that sits off a road, it feels like one of Audi’s polished sedans. Steering feel is light, though still communicative.
Base MSRP for a 2018 Audi Q5 is $41,500. The range-topping 3.0T Prestige trim starts during $54,300. Those prices are aloft afterwards a RDX, Lexus NX, or Infiniti Q50, though they’re in a same ballpark.
On merits, maybe a best foe to a Q5 is a RDX. The 2018 RDX excels in many areas, and there is an all-new chronicle for 2019. This new RDX poses an even larger hazard in this dilemma of a market.
But a RDX is too new to tell, and so a Q5 continues to mount out with a uninformed new look, refined-yet-sporty ride, and upscale cabin, given with a latest technology. There’s a reason because oppulance SUVs continue to dominate, and a Q5 is a resplendent instance of why.