The new Audi Q5 for 2018 is stylish, luxurious and comes with a fun-to-drive character offered in a whopping four engines. With the luxury and performance that comes with the Q5, its age is nothing but a number. Some of its highlights include a refined driving character, Hybrid’s and TDI impressive fuel economy ratings, top-notch craftsmanship, sporty handling, and of course, tons of luxurious features. Its release date should be expected early next year.
For 2018, buyers should look forward to a standard panoramic sunroof, Audi Connect telematics, adaptive suspension dampers, and Bang & Olufsen premium sound system. Despite its age, the Audi Q5 doesn’t show anything to suggest it would be calling quits anytime soon.
With its engines ranging from sprightly turbocharged four-cylinder to a TDI engine, its performance is nothing short of breathtaking. Interior wise, you can expect a spacious seating and a high quality construction that puts the greying demeanor at bay. Honestly, the 2018 Audi Q5 hasn’t ageing a day if its updates are anything to go by.
True, 2009 might be a pretty long time for a car to remain in the market virtually unchanged in terms of design, however, the year-in year-out updates have given the Q5 a fresh and appealing style.
Still, there are some things that Audi left out and which might work against it. They include: a missing navigation system, a firm ride, lacks conventional safety technologies, and USB ports are conspicuously missing.
Available Trims – Audi Q5
The new Audi Q5 for 2018 is available in a walloping seven variants arranged depending on the engine fitted: 2.0T Premium, 2.0t Premium Plus, 3.0 TDI Premium Plus, 3.0T Prestige, 3.0 TDI Prestige, and the top-of-the-line 2.0T Hybrid Prestige. The sq5, which is a high-performance version of the Q5, is reviewed individually.
Interior Changes & Exterior News – 2018 Audi Q5
The base 2.0T Premium trim comes with 18” wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, LED taillights and running lights, aluminum roof rails, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a power liftgate, automatic wipers, reclining and sliding 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, a 10-speaker premium sound system, Audi’s digital music interface, MMI interface, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats, heated exterior mirrors, and climate control (tri-zone).
Next up is the 2.0T Premium Plus trim that adds keyless entry and ignition, trunk-edge trim, auto-dimming rearview mirror, aluminum door sills, and driver memory settings.
Opting for the 3.0T Premium Plus trim gets you headlight washers, a supercharged V6 engine, and “S” line exterior styling.
The 3.0T Prestige bundles rear parking sensors, a color trip computer, rear door sunshades, cooled and heated cupholder, a navigation system, 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, rear parking sensors, and Audi Connect online services.
Springing for the 3.0 TDI Premium Plus trim gets you headlight washers, and the “S” line exterior styling in addition to what the 3.0T Premium Plus trim tacks on.
Lastly, the top-of-the-line 2.0T Hybrid Prestige comes bundled with hybrid-specific instrumentation, 19” wheels, and hybrid badging.
2018 Audi Q5 Engine Specs
The default systems available on every Q5 include an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive.
Starting off the engine lineup is the 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes equipped under the hood of both the 2.0T Premium and Premium Plus trims. With the engine, expect an output of 220 hp and 258 lbs. of torque. EPA fuel economy ratings are 20/28/23 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Next up is the 3.0T trims, which come equipped with a 3.0L supercharged V6 engine rated at 272 horsepower and 295 lbs. of torque. The estimated fuel economy ratings stand at 18/26/21 mpg. Additionally, the automatic stop-start system is also available.
For those looking for more power, the most likely powertrain for them would be the 3.0L turbocharged diesel V6 available for the 3.0 TDI trims, and generates 240 horsepower and 428 lbs. of torque. It offers the best of the bunch with its fuel ratings of 24/31/27 mpg.
Finally, the Hybrid mates both the 2.0T engine and a 54 hp electric motor and a battery pack. The result is the generation of 245 horsepower and 350 pounds of torque. According to Audi, the fuel consumption ratings are 24/30/26 mpg.
Release Date & 2018 Audi Q5 Price
The 2018 Audi Q5 Diesel will cost you an MSRP starting from $48,100, the Hybrid – $52,500, and the SUV – $$0,900. Release-date wise, expect the redesigned Q5 early next year.