2018 Audi Q5

MSRP $41,500 - $50,800

Ranked #4 in Suv

8.2

Overall Rating

2018 Audi Q5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Q5 seems to be rebuilt from the ground up. Featuring significant changes on the exteriors and a whole lot of changes on the inside, the 2018 Q5 has a lot of surprises for its onlookers. A complete package that delivers on all fronts, name it and Audi delivers top-notch; performance, fuel economy, acceleration, interiors, safety, exterior, reliability, and more. Featuring a 2.0L online 4-cylinder engine, it generates the most power in class, at 252 HP. It also has the best acceleration timings to its name.

2018 Audi Q5

That's not all, it also features the best SUV in its class for its fuel economy offering. In terms of interiors, the competition gets highly competitive and the Audi offers about average. This is even with regard to the cargo offering, just about average. The competition it faces is the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace, Volvo XC60, and the 2018 Porsche Macan.

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Pros

Spacious cabin

Powerful acceleration

New chassis delivers smoother ride

Cons

Below average cargo space behind rare seats

What's New?

Better interiors than previous model year

Refined engine in terms of power output and efficiency


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41500

bodystyle

2dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

244 cu.in.

horsepower

710 hp @ 7250 rpm

torque

568 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm

transmission

7 speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111 in.

length

183.6 in.

width

74.5 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

4045 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

53.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

16.5 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

6.5

standing 1/4-mile

14.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/25/27 mpg

highway range

473.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

2.0T Premium quattro$41,500 onwards

2.0T Tech Premium$44,100 onwards

2.0T Premium Plus quattro$45,500 onwards

2.0T Prestige quattro$50,800 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Audi Q5 in Azores Green Metallic color
Azores Green Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


The 2018 Audi Q5 is offered with three basic trims, priced at $41,500-$50,800. These basic trims get a single powertrain option, a 2.0L inline 4-cylinder engine that generates 252 HP and 273 lb-ft of torque. All trims come with a single drivetrain offering, the Audi Quattro AWD drivetrain. Apart from these three basic trims, there are two other trims that come equipped with a 3.0L engine and 350 + HP of power. Delivering the highest power in class with its base engine itself, the 2018 Audi Q5 goes ahead to also offer the best in class acceleration timings for the 0-60 mph test and the quarter-mile dash.

2018 Audi Q5

It astonishingly manages to offer the best in class fuel economy, despite churning out the most power. It further offers an extremely comfortable and spacious cabin both for the front and rear row of seats with a decent cargo space onboard. The 2018 model year sees significant changes to the exteriors and also claims a perfect 5 on 5-star safety rating from NHTSA, while also bagging an overall "Good" grade from IIHS.


7.0/10
Features

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2018 Audi Q5 Features

7.0/10

"The 2018 Audi Q5 has balanced handling, capable engines, and an opulent cabin with many features, but its below-average predicted reliability rating keeps the Q5 from ranking higher in its class." - Cars.USnews

2018 Audi Q5 comes with a lineup of three + two trims. The differentiation between the first three and the second two is that of the powertrain. The basic engine offering being a 2.0L inline 4-cylinder gas engine, it generates 252 HP and 273 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain is found in the first three trims: Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige. It comes priced at $41,500, $45,500 and $50,800.

2018 Audi Q5

The other engine offering being a Twin-Turbocharged 3.0L V6 that is capable of generating 354 HP. This is offered on the two trims namely, SQ5 Prestige and SQ5 Premium Plus. The base trim premium price at 41500 offers advanced infotainment features along with a 10 speaker sound system, it also gets advanced safety features such as Audi Pre Sense Basic and Audi Pre Sense City.

Trims Premium Premium Plus Prestige
Price $ 41,500 $ 45,500 $ 50,800
Key Features Audi smartphone interface including Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto Everything on Premium Everything on Premium Plus
  18" 5-double-spoke-dynamic design wheels with 235/60 R18 103H all-season tires Audi side assist and Audi pre sense rear with Rear cross traffic assist & Vehicle exit assist Audi virtual cockpit and head-up display with navigation and assistance systems information
  Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense city Full LED headlights Bang & Olufsen sound system with 3D sound, 19 speakers, 16-channel amplifier, and 755 watts.
  Rearview camera with 7.0" center color display Audi advanced key—keyless start, stop and entry with hands-free tailgate release MMI navigation plus with MMI all-in-touch with handwriting-recognition technology
    Heated front seats with driver memory Parking system plus with a top view camera system

We Recommend

We would suggest you go in for the Premium Plus that is priced at $45,500 and comes equipped with heated front seats with driver memory, it also gets advanced safety features such as the Audi Pre Sense and Vehicle Exit Assist. This is apart from everything you would get on the premium trim otherwise.

2018 Audi Q5 Engine and Performance

8.5/10

Audi certainly offers a nice turbo 2.0-liter, which is fortunate because it's the only engine available in the regular Q5 (the high-performance SQ5 will be powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6). It makes more horsepower than the fours in its German cousins. Okay, it's only 12 more than the BMW and 11 more than the Mercedes, but a win is a win" - Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission of the 2018 Audi Q5

For its engine offering the 2018 Audi Q5 has two powertrains to offer. The basic engine offering being a 2.0L inline 4-cylinder gas engine, it generates 252hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. The other engine offering being a 3.0L V6 Twin Turbocharged engine that generates 354 hp. Both the engines get a single drivetrain, an AWD, Audi's legendary Quattro it is. They further come equipped with a dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission.

2018 Audi Q5 performance

Equipped with several driving modes that auto-adjust the gear optimization, Audi has made the engine of this model year more powerful. The second engine offering being a twin-turbocharged one does experience a bit of acceleration lag, as it takes those few seconds for the turbo to hit in. With the new engine heads, the 2018 Q5 proves to be the most powerful in the segment.

Model

2018 Audi Q5 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Volvo XC-60

MSRP

$41,500 $47,800 $42,065 $41,500
Engine

2.0l Turbocharged Inline 4

2.0l Turbocharged Inline 4

2.0l Turbocharged Inline 4

2.0l Turbocharged Inline 4

Power (hp@RPM) 252 hp @ 5000 RPM 252 hp @ 5000 RPM 247 hp @ 5500 RPM

250 hp @ 5500 RPM

Torque (lb-ft@RPM)

273 lb-ft. @ 1600 RPM 273 lb-ft. @ 1600 RPM 269 lb-ft @ 1,200 RPM 258 lb-ft. @ 1500 RPM

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.1 8.0

7.3

7.4

Compared to its competition, all the four cars in consideration get 2.0L engine, but the Audi and Porsche rank in the first position together for the most power churned out. Hence, they deliver better than the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace and the 2018 Volvo XC60. Even in terms of torque generation, these two beat the competition with an output of 273 lb-ft. The Jaguar F-Pace, priced at $42,065, fails to deliver in terms of power generation and is the priciest offering in consideration.

Acceleration of the 2018 Audi Q5

With the best in class power generation numbers to its name, the 2018 Audi Q5 has phenomenal acceleration timing too. Its four-cylinder engine generates enough power to make it go from 0-60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. It is indeed intriguing how the Porsche Macan with identical power generation numbers fails to deliver the same acceleration time. However, they do synchronize in terms of the quarter-mile dash.

Model

2018 Audi Q5 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Volvo XC-60
0-60 MPH 5.8 sec 6.3 sec 6.4 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter mile

13.5 sec @ 94.6 mph 13.4 sec @ 99.1 mph 13.8 sec @ 99.6 mph 14.8 sec @ 94.5 mph
Engine 2.0l 2.0l 2.0l

2.0l

In comparison with its competition, we have the 2018 Porsche Macan and the 2018 Volvo XC60 rank in the second position with a 0-60 mph in the timing of 6.3 seconds, a massive margin after the Audi Q5. Ranking last in comparison is the 2018 Jaguar F-Pace, with a negligible margin, it clocks 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds. However, the Jag does beat the Volvo when it comes to the quarter-mile dash.

Handling and Steering of the 2018 Audi Q5

Equipped with four driving modes and the famed Audi Quattro AWD drivetrain gives maximum customization in terms of drive experience and handling. Adding to the experience is the comfort provided inside and the driver-oriented infotainment system, delivering a cockpit feel. With extremely responsive steering, acceleration, and brake pedals, that top the sheer pleasure of driving an Audi, there is nothing more to say.

Braking of the 2018 Audi Q5

Despite being the heaviest SUV in the segment, the 2018 Audi Q5 comes to a halt in just 112 feet. Easily bringing the 4045 lbs of its curb weight to a standstill. It gets only an average-sized rotor set, measuring 13.3 inches for the front wheels and 13.0 inches for the rear wheels. Audi proves to deliver on all fronts, power, acceleration and now braking as well.

Model

2018 Audi Q5 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Volvo XC-60
Brake pads-front(in) 13.3 13.6 12.8

13.6

Brake pads Rear(in)

13.0 13.0 12.8 12.6
Curb weight(lbs.) 4,045 3902 3880

 3959

60-0 MPH

112 ft. 119 ft. 121 ft.

125 ft.

The Porsche Macan ranks in the second position with a stopping distance of 119 feet, it gets larger rotors and weighs lesser than the Audi, and yet ranks seven feet behind. The other SUVs in consideration take longer to stop, the Jaguar measures a stopping distance of 121 feet and the 2018 Volvo XC60 measures 125 feet. The Jaguar gets smaller rotors, but the Volvo gets larger ones and weighs more as well.

Towing Capacity of the 2018 Audi Q5

The 273 lb-ft of torque and the AWD Audi Quattro help the 2018 Q5 to tow 4400 lbs. This figure is pretty decent for a 2.0L engine, however, this isn't the best in the segment.

Model

2018 Audi Q5 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Volvo XC-60

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

4,400 4,409 5,290 3,500
Engine 2 Liter TFSI I-4 2 Liter Turbocharged I-4 2 Liter Turbocharged I-4

2 Liter Turbocharged I-4

Drivetrain

Quattro AWD with ultra-tech AWD AWD

AWD

The 2018 Jaguar delivers 5290 lbs of towing capacity and is the best in class for the same. The Porsche Macan has the closest towing capacity to the Audi Q5, at 4409 lbs. The least in-class towing capacity is that of the Volvo XC60, with a capacity of 3500 lbs.

2018 Audi Q5 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

"The 2018 Q5 gets above-average fuel economy estimates for the class." - Cars.USnews

The 2018 Audi Q5 has the best in class fuel economy offering, this is despite the fact that it delivers the most power and torque. All of this magic is credited to the "Ultra tech" technology and the Quattro drivetrain. The 2018 Q5 delivers a gas mileage of 23/27/25 for city/highway/combined reading.

Model

2018 Audi Q5 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Volvo XC-60
Mpg city 23 20 22

22

Mpg highway

27 25 27 28
Mpg combined 25 22 24

24

The prowess of the Audi is clearly understood when you go to see the fuel efficiency of the equally powered Porsche. The Porsche delivers the least economy in the class. The Volvo and Jaguar offer average fuel efficiency, better than what the Porsche has to offer though.

2018 Audi Q5 Interior

8.0/10

The seats feature excellent shape and bolstering. We weren't fatigued after several hours of driving. Heated and ventilated options available on higher trims. The rear seats slide and recline” – Edmunds

Seating and Comfort of the 2018 Audi Q5

Audi claims to have revealed that Q5 from the ground up, this is clearly visible with regard to the interior cabin as there are several significant changes. The cabin remained spacious and comfortable while accommodating five individuals. Audi offers generous room for both the front and rear row of seats, this is for all the aspects that are headroom, shoulder room, and legroom. It is further equipped with soft-touch materials and wooden inserts.

2018 Audi Q5 interiors

The entire setup is driver-oriented and delivers an amazing cockpit-like experience, with all the buttons accessible to the driver. You further find 8-way power-adjustability for the driver's seat. There is also 4-way lumbar support along with thigh extensions for taller passengers. There isn't really more to ask for in the 2018 Audi Q5.

Model

2018 Audi Q5 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Volvo XC-60
Passenger capacity 5 5 5

5

Front (Head/Hip/Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)

41.7/57.7/41.0

39.4/-/33.1 37.8/57.7/40.3

38.0/58.2/41.5

Second (Head/Hip/Shoulder/ Leg) (In.)

39.3/56.5/37.8 36.3/-/32.3 37.5/55.8/37.2

38/56.3/38

Compared with its rivals' offerings, they too offer a good interior setup, each of them loads the cabin with premium materials and opulence. In terms of dimensions, the 2018 Jaguar offers a slightly smaller headroom space but doesn't compensate for the legroom. Whereas, the Porsche offers miserly legroom while delivering a decent headroom.

Interior Features of the 2018 Audi Q5

The 2018 Audi Q5 is available in regular black, rock grey, atlas beige, and nougat brown colors. These colors can be paired with wood trim available in walnut, aluminum, and ash wood colors. The ash wood color wood trim comes at an additional cost. The back camera is standard in all trims. The premium plus and prestige trims add parking sensors and rear cross-traffic alert. The Prestige adds a 360-degree camera and an electronic parking brake with an automatic function. The Prestige trim also adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass.

Infotainment of the 2018 Audi Q5

The base trim gets a 10-speaker sound system setup, while the top-tier trims feature a 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen speaker setup. As standard, there is a 7-inch touchscreen display for the infotainments and other information, this can be upgraded to an 8.3-inch touchscreen, at an additional charge. The other features offered are mentioned below:

  • panoramic sunroof
  • satellite radio
  • navigation
  • MMI All-In-Touch touchpad with handwriting recognition
  • 12.3-inch virtual cockpit
  • Audi Connect Plus
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Audi Connect Prime,

Google Earth, voice recognition, myAudi Destinations, predictive traffic and weather, internet radio, and applications like Twitter come included.

Cargo offering of the 2018 Audi Q5

Offering just about an average space for its cargo offering, the 2018 Audi Q5 sees a standard room of 60.4 cubic feet. It can take up to 1344 lbs, and this is average too.

Model

2018 Audi Q5 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Volvo XC-60

Volume (ft.cube)

(w/Rear seats fold)

60.4 53.0 64.0

63.3

Loading Capacity(lbs.)

13,44 14,88 900 650

The competition has a better offering, barring the 2018 Porsche Macan, it gets a room of just 53 cubic feet. However, the Porsche surprises us as it can load up to 1488 lbs of cargo. The Jaguar and Volvo offer a cargo room of 64 cubic feet and 63.3 cubic feet respectively.

2018 Audi Q5 Exterior

8.0/10

"The Q5 is new from the ground up, according to Audi, but that’s not to say it’s an about-face from the first generation." - Car and Driver

Dimensions of the 2018 Audi Q5

Just as mentioned before, the 2018 Audi Q5 gets a complete makeover, however, most of the changes are visible inside the car, on the outside, there are only a few significant changes. The most notable changes are lines across the body and on the bonnet, aggressive headlights, and a stunning body shape

Model

2018 Audi Q5 2018 Porsche Macan 2018 Jaguar F-Pace 2018 Volvo XC-60
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4,045 3,902 3880

3950

Length (in)

183.6 184.9 186.3 184.8
Width(in) 74.5 75.7 81.5

78.7

Height(in)

65.3 63.9 65.0 65.3
Ground clearance(in) 8.2 7.8 8.4

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

111.0 110.5 113.2 112.8
Track width(in) F/R 63.6/63.3 65.2/65.0 64.6/65.1

65.1/.65.2

In terms of dimension, the Audi Q5 is clearly the heaviest, weighing 4045 pounds, followed by the Volvo XC60 at 3950 pounds. The Jaguar measures the lightest with a weight of 3880 pounds. Further, in comparison, we find that the Audi Q5 has a compact body compared to its rivals, it is followed by the Macan with a slightly larger body, Volvo ranks third followed by the Jaguar F-Pace that has the largest body dimensions.

Exterior Features of the 2018 Audi Q5

The exterior features offered for the 2018 Audi Q5 include the following:

  • Xenon lights (on lower trims)
  • Headlamps (with embedded fog lights)
  • Audi Progressive taillights
  • 18-inch 5 spoke alloy wheels/19-inch 5 wing design alloys/20- inch alloys with 5 spokes
  • Powered and heated side mirrors
  • Auto-dimming and power-folding side mirrors on top-tier trims

2018 Audi Q5 Safety

9.0/10

"The 2018 Q5 has an above-average safety score for the class." - Cars.USnews

With regard to the safety offering, the 2018 Audi Q5 performs phenomenally. And we know so by looking into the records of NHTSA, it scores a perfect 5 out of 5 stars in the Overall Safety Rating and also in aspects such as Frontal crash and Side crash. With slight room for improvement, the 2018 Q5 scores 4 out of 5 stars in the rollover crash tests.

2018 Audi Q5 Crash test

In order to cross verify the safety ratings that seemed unbelievable, we went to check the records of IIHS. To our utter amazement, we found that the Audi Q5 indeed scores a fabulous safety rating. Graded an overall "Good" it also goes ahead to score the same grade in all the 9-safety aspects. However, in just one aspect it scores a "Marginal" grade, in the aspect of Headlights.

Safety features of the 2018 Audi Q5 

  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Pre-Collision Safety System
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Stability Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Front And Rear Ventilated Disc Brakes
  • Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Rear Center 3-Point Belt
  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks

2018 Audi Q5 Competition

2018 Volvo XC60 vs 2018 Audi Q5

The 2018 Audi Q5 has a similar engine configuration when compared to the 2018 Volvo XC60. Audi does offer a better torque generation and this translates to better acceleration timing. Audi also has the upper hand in terms of brake performance and towing capacity. With the best-in-class fuel economy on offer, Audi outperforms the Volvo even in this segment, however, by a margin of just one mile per gallon. Both the vehicles deliver a top-notch safety offering. Overall it is the Audi that has the upper hand, given that they both have the same base price of $41,500.

2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Porsche Macan vs 2018 Audi Q5

The 2018 Porsche Macan marks the closest competition to the Audi Q5 in terms of performance. This is in terms of power and torque generation, and not in acceleration performance. With a similar brake performance to offer, these vehicles also match in terms of their towing capacity. Here comes the tiebreaker in the aspect of fuel economy, where the 2018 Q5 wins by a great margin over the Porsche. In terms of interior features and comfort, it is the Audi that has the upper hand. Even considering safety, it is the Audi that is better than the Porsche. When you go to see their price tags it would become an obvious choice as Audi offers more value for money as compared to the Porsche.

2018 Porsche Macan

2018 Jaguar F-Pace vs 2018 Audi Q5

Up against the 2018 Jaguar F-pace, which is priced at $42,065, it is the Audi Q5 which offers a better power output and torque generation, this further translates to a better acceleration timing. Jaguar features the smallest rotors in class and hence has only an average brake performance as compared to the Audi which has a better rotor size. The Jaguar F-Pace puts up phenomenal numbers on the chart with regard to the towing capacity, measuring 5290 pounds. In terms of fuel economy both the vehicles are identical in their offerings, but with regard to the interior dimensions, it is the Audi that delivers better.

2018 Jaguar F-Pace

 

2018 Audi Q5 Final Verdict

The Q5 is the most sold car in Audi’s arsenal. And the stats are just going to keep better with the new and redesigned 2018 Q5. From an aggressive exterior to a quiet interior, Audi seems to take care of it all. The new and improved standard 4 cylinder engine provides with more power than the earlier Q5 engines. The engine is powerful enough for everyday drives, but if you crave for more power, you always have the option of SQ5.

The Audi Q5 is not just about looks. It is loaded with standard and optional features than enhance its comfort level, safety, and connectivity. And with the virtual cockpit with google earth maps, Audi makes sure you never have to take your eyes off the road.

To summarize, Audi is a luxurious, spacious, and fuel efficient SUV. Sure, there are competitors like Mercedes GLC which provide more power, but none match the complete package that the Q5 so proudly displays


2018 Audi Q5 FAQs

At what price is the 2018 Audi Q5 offered?

The 2018 Audi Q5 is offered at a Base MSRP of $41,500 and ranges up to $50,800.

What are the trims offered for the 2018 Audi Q5?

The 2018 Audi Q5 gets a total of five trims on offer.

What are the engine specs of the 2018 Audi Q5?

The 2018 Audi Q5 gets a 2.0L inline 4-cylinder engine that generates 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque.

What are the cargo room dimensions of the 2018 Audi Q5?

The 2018 Audi Q5 offers a standard cargo room that measures 60.4 cubic feet.

Is the 2018 Audi Q5 a reliable vehicle?

The 2018 Audi Q5 offers the following warranty package:

  • Basic Warranty: 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
  • Free maintenance Warranty: 1 yr./ 10000 mi.
  • Roadside Warranty: 4 yr./ unlimited mi.
  • Rust Warranty: 12 yr./ unlimited mi.

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