2018 Audi Q5 Review

2018 Audi Q5 photo
  1. Original MSRP$41,500 - $50,800
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)23/27 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSUV

2018 Audi Q5 Review

  • Overview
  • Specs
  • Safety
2018 Audi Q5 photo
  1. Original MSRP$41,500 - $50,800
  2. Fuel Economy (MPG)23/27 City/Hwy
  3. Body StylesSUV


By Warren Clarke (Last Updated 4/18/2018)

If you’re looking for a luxury crossover that isn’t afraid of a little mud or snow, you’ll want to consider the 2018 Audi Q5. With the Q5, you get roomy accommodations, a thorough list of feature content and impeccable refinement. And the Q5’s standard all-wheel drive endows it with assured handling on wet or snow-covered roads.

The 2018 Audi Q5 is a midsize SUV that seats five passengers, and it’s sold in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige trims. All models are governed by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Audi’s Q5 has been redesigned for 2018, and it gets new sheet metal, powertrain upgrades and an expanded suite of driver-assistive technology.


The Q5’s sheet metal looks solid and majestic. Deep grooves adorn the hood, spanning the distance between the steeply raked windshield and a six-cornered grille. In profile, the Q5 has a fluid, sporty appearance, with a sloping roofline and an abbreviated tail end. Base models ride on 18-inch wheels.

The list of standard features includes automatic xenon headlights, rain-sensing windshield wipers, LED daytime running lights, heated power-adjustable side mirrors with integrated turn signals, roof rails, LED taillights, rear privacy glass, a power tailgate and heated nozzles for the windshield wipers. You can upgrade your Q5 with LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof and 19- or 20-inch wheels.


Sumptuously appointed cabins are a hallmark of the Audi brand, and the Q5 delivers all the interior refinement you’d expect from this automaker. The cabin offers palatial accommodations in both rows, with lots of nicely cushioned touch points and materials that are of a consistently high quality. With the rear seats in place, the Q5 delivers 26.8 cubic feet of cargo space, and this figure expands to 60.4 cubic feet when these seats are lowered.

The Q5’s range of standard interior amenities includes three-zone automatic climate control, a manually adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column, genuine wood accents, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient LED lighting, leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats and a 40/20/40-split second-row seat that slides and reclines. Heated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, manual rear side-window sunshades and a driver seat with memory settings are available.


With the Q5, you get engaging handling that doesn’t come at the expense of comfort. Acceleration is brisk, and the crossover’s reflexes are sharp; it pulls this off while maintaining agreeable ride quality.

Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine good for 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque, and gears are shifted by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Standard all-wheel drive helps the Q5 maintain safe footing in rain and snow.

The Q5 has an EPA rating of 23/27 mpg city/highway, and it’s capable of towing up to 4,400 pounds.


The Q5 provides access to a thorough array of technology features. Base models are equipped with HD radio, a 7-inch touch screen, two SD card slots, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, voice recognition, two USB ports, a 10-speaker stereo with MP3 playback, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and low-speed frontal collision mitigation with automatic braking.

The list of upgrades includes navigation, satellite radio, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, traffic sign recognition, active lane assist, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8.3-inch touch screen and an infotainment interface with handwriting recognition.


Specs & Features


  • Available colors

  • Monsoon Gray Metallic
  • Matador Red Metallic
  • Navarra Blue Metallic
  • Ibis White
  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Azores Green Metallic
  • Brilliant Black
  • Moonlight Blue Metallic
  • Mythos Black Metallic
  • Manhattan Gray Metallic
  • Utopia Blue Metallic
  • Wheel and tire type

  • Wheel Diameter: 18.0 X 8.0 Inches
  • Tire Type: 235/60r18 103h
  • Available exterior features

  • Rear Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Mirror Color: Body-color
  • Rear Spoiler: Roofline
  • Exhaust Tip Color: Polished Aluminum
  • Rear Spoiler Color: Body-color
  • Exhaust: Dual Tip/Integrated
  • Grille Color: Chrome
  • Bumper Detail: Rear Protector
  • Window Trim: Black
  • Front Bumper Color: Body-color
  • Door Handle Color: Body-color
  • Dimensions

  • Width Without Mirrors: 74.5 Inches
  • Ground Clearance: 8.2 Inches
  • Width: 84.3 Inches
  • Length: 183.6 Inches
  • Height: 65.3 Inches
  • Wheelbase: 111 Inches
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 5456 Pounds
  • Rear Track Width: 63.3 Inches
  • Curb Weight: 4045 Pounds
  • Front Track Width: 63.6 Inches
  • Body style

  • Suv


  • Comfort/convenience features

  • Rear Air Conditioning Zones: Single
  • Armrests: Rear Center Folding With Pass-thru/Rear Center With Cupholders
  • Air Filtration
  • Floor Mats: Front/Rear
  • Cargo Area Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Power Locks: Auto-locking
  • Shift Knob Trim: Leather
  • Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control
  • Steering Wheel Trim: Leather
  • Interior Accents: Aluminum/Woodgrain
  • Rear Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control/Independently Controlled
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual
  • Floor Material: Carpet
  • Floor Mat Material: Carpet
  • Cargo Area Floor Mat
  • Entertainment

  • Radio Data System
  • Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth/USB/IPod/iPhone/Memory Card Slot
  • In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback
  • Watts: 180
  • Digital Sound Processing
  • Surround Sound: 5.1
  • Total Speakers: 9
  • Antenna Type: Mast
  • Remote CD Changer Location: Glove Compartment
  • Speed Sensitive Volume Control
  • Radio: AM/FM/HD Radio/Voice Operated
  • Subwoofer: 1
  • Infotainment: Android Auto Ready/Apple CarPlay Ready
  • Telematics systems

  • Electronic Messaging Assistance: Voice Operated/With Read Function
  • Wireless Data Link: Bluetooth
  • Dimensions

  • Max Seating: 5
  • Front Shoulder Room: 57.7 Inches
  • Rear Legroom: 37.8 Inches
  • Cargo Volume All Rear Seats Down: 60.4 Cubic Feet
  • Front Legroom: 41 Inches
  • Front Headroom: 41.7 Inches
  • Rear Headroom: 39.3 Inches
  • Standard Seating: 5
  • Seating Rows: 2
  • Cargo Volume: 26.8 Cubic Feet
  • Rear Shoulder Room: 56.5 Inches
  • Seats

  • Bucket Front Seats
  • Upholstery: Leather
  • Rear Seat: Sliding
  • Adjustable Rear Seats
  • Split-Folding Rear Seat
  • 8-Way Power Passenger Seat Adjustments
  • 40-20-40 Split Rear Seat
  • 4-way Power Lumbar-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments


  • Drivetrain

  • 4WD Type: Full Time
  • Axle Ratio: 5.30
  • Center Differential: Mechanical
  • Drive Mode Selector
  • Suspension

  • Rear Suspension Type: Multi-link
  • Front Suspension Type: Double Ball Joint
  • Rear Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Shock Type: Gas
  • Rear Spring Type: Coil
  • Rear Stabilizer Bar
  • Front Suspension Classification: Independent
  • Rear Shock Type: Gas
  • Front Spring Type: Coil
  • Front Struts
  • Engine

  • Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
  • Displacement(liters): 2.0
  • Horsepower: 252
  • Torque: 273
  • Towing Capacity

  • Maximum Towing Capacity: 4400 Pounds
  • Transmission

  • Transmission Type: 7-speed Double Clutch
  • Type: A
  • Gears: 7
  • Performance Specifications

  • Acceleration (0-60MPH): 5.9
  • Aerodynamic Drag: 0.32
  • Turning Circle: 38.4
  • Fuel Economy

  • Fuel Type: Gasoline
  • City (MPG): 23
  • Highway (MPG): 27
  • Combined (MPG): 25


  • Warranty information

  • New Car Basic Warranty: 48 Months/50,000 Miles
  • Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 48 Months/50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 144 Months


NHTSA Ratings

  1. Overall Rating

  2. Frontal Crash

  3. Side Crash

  4. Rollover

Safety Features

  1. Child Safety Door Locks
  2. Electronic Stability Control: Standard
  3. Energy Absorbing Steering Column
  4. Rearview Monitor: in Dash
  5. Side Impact Airbags: Standard
  6. Child Seat Anchors: LATCH System
  7. Crumple Zones: Front/rear
  8. Camera System: Rearview
  9. Pre-collision Warning System: Audible Warning/visual Warning
  10. Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams
  11. Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
  12. Front Driver Airbags: Standard
  13. Impact Sensor: Door Unlock/fuel Cut-off/post-collision Safety System
  14. Daytime Running Lights: Standard
  15. Rollover Stability Control: Not Available
  16. Autonomous Braking
  17. Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
  18. Anti-lock Brakes Two Wheel: Not Available
  19. Automatic Hazard Warning Lights
  20. Brake Assist: Standard
  21. Side Curtain Airbags: Standard

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