The 2018 Audi Q5 is a small luxury SUV that competes with the Acura RDX, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, BMW X3 and Lexus NX.
The Q5’s second generation is new for the 2018 model year. The changes for 2018 include a slightly larger size in the three exterior dimensions, an updated MMI infotainment system and better fuel economy.
- Here’s a quick outline of the 2018 Audi Q5’s specifications.
The 2018 Audi Q5 is built on Audi’s MLB 2 platform, shared with numerous other Audi models, like the A4, Q5, A8, A7 and A6, as well as the Porsche Macan.
- The 2018 Q5 starts at $41,500 plus a $975 destination charge.
- Top-of-the-line Prestige models start at $50,800 plus a $975 destination charge and can top $58,000 with options and before accessories.
- The 2017 Q5 started at $40,900 plus a $950 destination charge.
- The 2018 Q5 is available in three trims: Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige.
- The range-topping Prestige model comes equipped with 20-inch 5-segment spoke wheels, LED headlights, a Bose 19-speaker sound system and Audi’s “virtual cockpit” configurable instrumentation.
- All models come with a four-year/50,000-mile vehicle limited warranty and 12-year limited warranty against corrosion perforation.
- All-wheel drive is standard on all models.
- 19-inch, 5-arm wing design wheels are standard on the Premium trims.
- The 2018 Q5 has a 111.0-inch wheelbase, a 183.6-inch overall length and a 84.3-inch width.
- Only one engine option is available in the U.S. version of the Q5, a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.
- No hybrid, plug-in hybrid or full-electric powertrains are available.
- All-wheel drive is standard on all trims, with adaptive damping suspension standard on the Prestige trim.
- The 2018 Q5 uses an eight-speed automatic transmission.
- Maximum towing capacity for a 2018 Audi Q5 is 4,400 pounds.
- EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2018 Audi Q5 with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine are 23 mpg in city driving, 27 mpg in highway driving and 25 mpg combined.
- All 2018 Q5 models are equipped with standard airbags, including head-curtain airbags and thorax side airbags.
- Standard safety equipment also includes Audi pre sense basic and city technology, which can help detect vehicles and pedestrians at speeds of up to 52 miles per hour and issue an alert to the driver of an imminent collision and initiate emergency braking.
- Audi side assist and rear cross traffic assist, including vehicle exit assist, are available.
- The standard infotainment system includes a 7-inch MMI center infotainment display with smartphone interface and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The standard, 180-watt audio system uses ten speakers and has a single CD player with MP3 playback capability.
- An 8.3-inch MMI screen with navigation and a handwriting-recognition panel is available.
- Audi offers a complimentary 6-month trial of Audi connect that integrates Google Maps, weather conditions and traffic information to the MMI display.
- A 755-watt, 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system is available on the Premium Plus trim and standard on the Prestige trim.
Comfort & Convenience
- The 2018 Q5 comes standard with two USB charge ports.
- Ambient LED interior lighting and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are standard.
- A heads-up display with navigation and a top-view parking assistant are standard on the Prestige trim.
- Eight-way power front seats with leather surfaces (and four-way power lumbar adjustments in the driver’s seat) are standard. Driver seat memory and heated/ventilated front seats are available on the Premium Plus and Prestige trims.
Editor’s note: All photos courtesy of Audi.