2018 Audi Q5 2.0T quattro S tronic new car reviews

The Audi Q5—now in its second generation—has been relatively untouched since its debut in 2017.

Audi must certainly regard the Q5 as its sale leader, as they seem to be firmly planted in the “let’s not rock the boat too much” camp.

From the press kit: “Audi presents another successful model: Sales for the second generation of the Audi Q5 begin at the start of 2017. The SUV with the four rings combines the sportiness of an Audi saloon with a multifaceted character and a highly flexible interior. Whether in its connectivity, efficiency or driver assistance systems – the new Audi Q5 once again sets standards in its segment.”

Seems they're content on not pushing the boat out, then.

Rather quaintly, our tester was a 2018 model Q5, a quattro S tronic with the 2.0-Liter turbo. Base price for our tester was $44,100, with ours ringing the bells at $48,850. Interestingly, that’s cheaper than the 2019 Lincoln MKC Black Label we just had, though the Q5 requires premium fuel. The MKC is happy with the cheap stuff. 

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

(Yes, a 2018)

It’s the Audi of midsized SUVs. What’s that mean? It feels and drives just like an Audi.

High marks for driving dynamics, including the steering. Unlike the Telluride, another SUV that recently passed through our hands, the Audi’s steering felt solid and connected–no on-center dead spot.

Unlike the Kia, though, the Audi’s center stack controls can seem a little overwhelming at first thanks to the combination of buttons, knobs and track pad.

Audi’s shifter might also seem awkward at first. You don’t shift it as much as rock it. And you want to engage the S mode; to get there, rock it into drive twice. That’ll wake up things.

Other things: High marks for seats, buttons that click with confidence, and good looks. Having the map in the center of the gauge cluster is nice, too, and wonder if more companies will adopt this.

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JimS Reader
6/7/19 5:04 p.m.

We just replaced our wrecked TSX wagon with a 2018 Q5. Very nice and in our part of NC they are very popular. 

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