2018 Audi Q5 review

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Audi Q5 highlights

Customer rating


  • New look is still classy and restrained
  • Improved infotainment functionality and connectivity


  • Only one engine choice for 2018
  • Still less trunk space than more practical rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

23 city, 27 highway, 25 combined

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All-new 2018 Audi Q5 packs more tech, sharper looks

The Q5 luxury compact SUV is Audi's biggest-selling model in the U.S., and it’s easy to see why. 2018 is an important year for the Q5, too, because the second-generation model replaces the popular first one, which debuted in 2009. The all-new car brings a smoother ride thanks to a new chassis, standard all-wheel drive, and a more modern, easier-to-use suite of technology options. You'll also find better connectivity with your smartphone.

Given how successful the Q5 has been, it's not surprising Audi has opted for welcome improvements rather than radical changes in this all-new model. The engine choice is limited, though, with only the 252-hp 2.0T gasoline engine offered in the regular range. The SQ5 performance model packs a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. The trim choices are Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige, with extra-cost options to add equipment. The Q5 has proved a huge success as a luxury compact SUV, and it remains a very appealing choice even as more rivals join the mix.

All Audi Q5 years

What is new for the 2018 Audi Q5?

  • Q5 trims have been upgraded with Head Up Display, 20 Inch Plus Wheels, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • Lane Departure Warning, Rear Seat Heaters, and Heated Steering Wheel features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Prestige trim now comes with Turbo Charged Engine as standard equipment.
  • The Premium trim now comes with Smart Key, Rear View Camera, and Memory Seat(s) as standard equipment.
  • The Premium Plus trim now comes with Parking Sensors, Rear View Camera, and Blind Spot Monitor as standard equipment.

2018 Audi Q5 trims

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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Audi Q5

1. Lively performance

The 2018 Audi Q5 offers two powertrain options to suit various driving styles. All 2018 models feature a standard 252-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and a seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission that can cover zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). If you crave zestier acceleration, the 2018 SQ5 uses a 354-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine with an eight-speed Tiptronic® automatic transmission. With this setup, the 2018 Audi SQ5 flies from zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds flat (according to the manufacturer, when new). Whether merging onto the highway or making confident passing moves, the 2018 Audi Q5 brings the power.

2. Agile handling

If you're looking for a luxury SUV when the asphalt turns to gravel, the Q5 rises to the occasion. All 2018 models include Audi's Quattro® all-wheel drive for extra traction in challenging conditions. This advanced system senses changing surfaces and adjusts the SUV's grip by distributing power to the wheels that need it most. AWD also pairs with a five-link front and rear suspension, which effortlessly glides over road imperfections. With five Audi drive select modes—Comfort, Dynamic, Auto, Individual, and Offroad—you can customize the 2018 Q5's steering, suspension, and throttle responses to suit your behind-the-wheel experience.

3. Luxurious interior

For nights on the town, the 2018 Audi Q5 impresses with a premium interior that includes standard leather upholstery, high-gloss dark brown walnut wood trim, and eight-way power-adjustable front seats. 2018 Audi Q5 Premium Plus trims include more conveniences, like heated front seats and driver's seat memory, a panoramic sunroof and stainless steel front door sill inlays. Your passengers will appreciate the split-folding 40/20/40 rear seats, which slide forward and backward to provide 37.8 inches of legroom.

4. Clever tech

The 2018 Audi Q5 comes loaded with several tech features to enrich your daily drive. Anchoring the dash is an MMI® infotainment system with a seven-inch center display, which features standard Bluetooth® connectivity for streaming audio and wireless technology. The Audi smartphone interface also boasts Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration for seamless access to your favorite apps, messages, and more. Opting for the Prestige trim unlocks additional smart features, including MMI navigation with a larger 8.3-inch center display.

5. Accessibility features

Feel more confident on your commute with the 2018 Audi Q5's impressive array of driver aids. All trims include Audi Pre Sense® Basic, which closes windows and pre-tenses seat belts when the cameras detect a probable accident. This feature pairs with Audi Pre Sense City, which deploys a series of warnings and applies the brakes if it sees other vehicles or pedestrians in your path. Premium Plus trims also add rear cross traffic and vehicle exit assistance to keep you aware of your surroundings in busy parking lots.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2018 Audi Q5 is a great car with a solid combination of size, performance, fuel economy, style, and price. Customers like the car for its good looks, adequate handling and acceleration, and spacious interior. The car is also comfortable and gets great mileage.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the Audi Q5 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Audi Q5 19th out of 29 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.

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Audi Q5 features and specs

Premium 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

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Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41"/R 37.8"

Head room

F 40.2"/R 37.7"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

440/4400 lbs.



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