Audi unveiled the brand new 2018 Audi Q5 at the Paris Motor Show last month, and a few days later media from around the world gathered to drive the Q5 in sunny Mexico.
The Q5 is one of the most important and popular models in the Audi lineup, so the German automaker didn’t really have any choice in making its luxury compact SUV great. A quick glance at what they are saying about the Q5 tells us that Audi engineers got it right.
What the media has to say about the 2018 Audi Q5
Like the A4, the Q5 now has the Audi Virtual Cockpit available as an option. The 12.3-inch digital display cluster presents digital instruments as well as an information screen where the driver can access media, navigation, and other car systems. Tapping the “view” button on the steering wheel can even shrink the instruments down and pull up your menu of choice to prominence. A nice, 12.3-inch color map right behind the wheel is as nice as it sounds, believe me.
Audi’s 8.3-inch MMI display comes along as well, so passengers can access functions while the driver focuses on the task at hand, or they can split the difference and have a multi-screen setup at their disposal – Digital Trends
1.6 million. That's how many Q5s Audi has sold since the model's 2008 debut, making the agreeable but stylistically neutral sport-ute the best-selling premium SUV on the planet. One in four Audis sold is a Q5, which is a big part of why the German carmaker made significant improvements intended to ensure the 2018 Audi Q5 is another success story.
For starters, the Q5 has swollen in size. Not by much – we're talking 1.3 inches in length, half an inch in wheelbase, and incrementally more height – but enough to boost rear legroom by 0.39 inch and add 0.31 inch to rear headroom. If you're worried that curb weight has bloated in direct proportion to the larger footprint, fear not: The 2018 model is actually up to 198 pounds lighter than the model it replaces, thanks to a carefully modulated blend of high tensile steels and aluminum in the chassis, and incremental weight savings throughout. Two turbocharged engines are available: the Q5's 2.0-liter TFSI engine producing 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque (doing the 0-to-62-mph sprint in 6.4 seconds), and the SQ5's 3.0-liter TFSI mill that turns 354 hp and 369 lb-ft (capable of whisking it to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds) – Autoblog
The cabin looks terrific and has a material quality and finish that means it’s comfortably able to rub shoulders with the likes of BMW’s X3, Jaguar’s F-Pace and Mercedes Benz’ GLC, especially compared with the Q5’s dated predecessor. Thanks to a slightly longer wheelbase there’s more legroom in the back and headroom is also increased throughout this five-seater – I’m 6’2” and can sit behind myself, as it were, in perfect comfort. It’s a very comfortable space, and finding a spot-on driving position is easy, too. Boot space is also slightly increased by about 10 litres – Sunday Times
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