2018 Audi Q5

Performance


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2018 Audi Q5 Performance Review

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Performance: 8.9

The 2018 Audi Q5's standard and available engines provide lively acceleration. Two automatic transmissions are available and both shift quickly. It has a comfortable ride with little body lean, and it takes corners securely. Fuel estimates are average for the class.

  • "Dry asphalt, snowy road or sandy dirt trail, the Q5 feels equipped to handle most terrain within arm's length of civilization and do so in comfort." -- Edmunds
  • "It won't leave you with as fizzy a feeling as the Porsche Macan or Jaguar F-Pace after an outing on some twisty roads, but the Q5 will still handle every curve you can throw at it with relative ease." -- New York Daily News
  • "During a particularly twisty mountain road, we pushed the Q5 as hard as we could, and it never lost grip or composure. The SUV just stuck." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

There are two powerful engines available with the Q5. The standard engine is a 252-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The available 354-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Both engines get the Q5 up to highway and passing speeds with ease. Acceleration is lively, and both transmissions are smooth shifting, but the dual-clutch seven-speed has particularly brisk shifts.

With the base engine, the Q5 gets 23 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is about average for the class. With the upgraded engine, it gets 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

  • "The new Q5 still feels as sharp and punchy as its predecessor. Brisk acceleration from a standstill and swift when called upon at highway speeds." -- Edmunds
  • "The new turbo engine and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission worked just as flawlessly. The engine offers plenty of verve, especially in Dynamic mode, and shifts come smoothly and quickly." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Adding to the Q5's enjoyment is a peppy 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder with 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque on 17.4 pounds of boost pressure. While the previous generation rolled with a traditional torque-converted automatic transmission, the new model works with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox offering fantastically quick shifts and a stellar manual shift function. This drivetrain combo never feels underpowered, with lively pull throughout the engine's rev range, yet it should also better the old Q5's fuel economy figures of 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway thanks to its lower weight and revised Quattro system. Unlike some other dual-clutch transmissions, my drive suggests low-speed refinement is a strong suit, not a weak spot." -- CNET

Handling and Braking

The Audi Q5 rides over road imperfections with ease and sticks to the road around corners. It comes standard with Audi Drive Select, which allows you to choose between four drive modes: Dynamic, Comfort, Sport, and Individual. Each mode fine-tunes the SUV's engine, transmission, steering, and suspension settings to customize your drive based on current conditions. Audi's Quattro all-wheel drive is also standard.

  • "It was easy to drive the Q5 fast over the twisting bits, with body roll kept in check and steering providing enough feedback to inspire confidence. If you want more involvement, the steering-wheel paddles elicit quick yet smooth gearshifts." -- Autoblog
  • "Like the previous model, quick steering and well-controlled body roll make the Q5 a joy to drive in twisting sections, even more so with the new model's revised suspension and lightning-fast all-wheel-drive engagement." -- Edmunds
  • "As we explore the twisty two-lane roads outside of town, it's clear the Q5 has no trouble putting the power down smoothly. And it clearly hasn't lost any of its handling poise or agility either. We switch to dynamic mode to bring more weight to the steering, and that helps us place the Audi easily on these tight switchbacks. The steering feels even more natural and more precise than before. But honestly, back-road hustling isn't where the Q5 needed an upgrade." -- Autoweek
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