Specs at a Glance

2018 Audi Q5

2018 Audi Q5

  • Standard Engine2.0 TFSI®
  • Horsepower252
  • MPG (city/hwy) *23 / 27
  • Transmission7-speed automatic

2017 Audi Q5

  • Standard Engine2.0 TFSI®
  • Horsepower220
  • MPG (city/hwy) *20 / 27
  • Transmission8-speed automatic

2018 Audi Q5 vs 2017 Audi Q5

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While the 2017 Audi Q5 has much to recommend it, the 2018 Audi Q5 has made significant changes. There’s more to love in this SUV which has earned 2018 Best Luxury Compact SUV by U.S. News and World Report, an honor bestowed on the 2017 model last year. Let’s see how the two compare.


The 2017 edition has a V6 engine with ample horsepower, but it is thirstier than the 2018 edition. The 2018 Q5 has a four-cylinder turbo that can sip rather than gulp. Yet it has similar performance to a V6. The 252-horsepower unit generates 273 lb-ft of torque. That thrust allows the 2018 model to run the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.9 seconds, a record time for any Q5. Like the 2017, the new model has quattro® all-wheel drive. Michigan drivers will feel safer when snow falls, knowing that their Audi can handle weather challenges.


Designers updated the Q5 with a sportier look. New lines and trim elements help improve its wind resistance. The new interior has earned it a spot on AutoTrader’s 10 Best Interiors list. Bigger than the 2017 edition, there’s more room for all five passengers. U.S. News and World Report praised the bigger backseat area, saying that kids in car seats shouldn’t be able to kick the seat ahead. Extra legroom will be welcomed by teens. Audi has added a three-spoke steering wheel and an asymmetrical center console as part of its driver-focused cockpit. Shoppers may add a 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit. This digital dashboard has a high-speed system which provides vibrant color and 3D graphics for maps and other programmable elements. New Q5 editions have an especially well-equipped cabin. Base editions include real leather, dual power chairs, and a power liftgate. Ambient lighting comes in 30 color schemes on higher editions.


High tech features have expanded for the new year. For 2017, Audi’s touchscreen provides plenty of Bluetooth streaming audio features. For 2018, it offers even more with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Most significantly, Audi has added Pre Sense City. Under 52 mph, the system’s autobrake may intervene to stop a possible collision. Using sensors and cameras, Pre Sense City watches for stopping cars and pedestrians. It warns drivers to stop and intervenes as a back-up to driver action. A high-speed autobrake is on the 2018 menu. Like the 2017, the 2018 has Pre Sense Basic which readies the car’s internal safety systems if it determines an impact is unavoidable. You can still get Pre Sense Rear which watches the traffic following you and prepares the cabin if it detects an unavoidable rear collision. New this year, available Exit Assist watches the street and warns drivers not to open their door because traffic is coming. You can also get Turn Assist to reduce the chances of a collision during a left-hand turn.

The 2018 Audi Q5 is available now from Audi of Farmington Hills. Come check out the updates to this favorite SUV.

* Actual mileage may vary.