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.