2018 – 2019 Audi Q5 Concept And Change – 18 Audi Q5 Concept And Change – The last time we visited the Baja Peninsula to drive an Audi-see “Escape from Baja” from C/D’s July 1983 issue we were drenched by a tsunami triggered by a major earthquake in Japan. This time, it’s hot, peaceful, and relaxing. We’re on our best behavior at the Cabo San Lucas resort destination for two reasons: Audi has begun building Q5s in a new plant located 1250 miles southeast of here, and preproduction versions of this 2018 crossover are available for test drives.
2018 – 2019 Audi Q5 Future
The crossover craze has made the Q5, launched in 2008 and refreshed in 2013, Audi’s top-selling U.S. model. We proclaimed the Q5 the star of the luxury compact crossovers in our 2009 comparison test when it surpassed the best that BMW (X3), Lexus (RX350), Mercedes-Benz (GLK350), and Volvo (XC60) could muster.
2018 – 2019 Audi Q5 Exterior And Interior
While we expect most customers not to bother, the Drive Select switchgear to the left of the shifter lets the thoughtful driver dial-in the chassis and powertrain to his or her liking. The list of variables includes throttle response, damper firmness, transmission shift behavior, and steering effort. Each of the six choices offers submenus containing fascinating insights such as a pictogram revealing pitch, roll, and steering angles (especiallyusefulfornegotiatingtroubledsubdivisions). Regrettably, there is no way to remedy the near total lack of road feel proffered by the Q5’s electrically assisted rack-and-pinion power steering.
2018 – 2019 Audi Q5 Engine
We found two USB sockets, a handy 12-volt outlet, and an inductive phone-charging pad. Front and rear cross-traffic alert systems have the authority to apply the brakes when and if drivers aren’t paying full attention. The adaptive cruise control is easy to operate, even if the stalk labels are too small for the bifocal set.
2018 – 2019 Audi Q5 Price And Release Date
At this juncture, we don’t have any real Q5 pricing information, trim-level content, or EPA fuel-economy ratings. Although production of salable models has begun, America is not the first to receive vehicles, so it likely will be the middle of next year before the new Q5 arrives. Given America’s ravenous appetite for medium-size crossovers, there surely will be even more competitors on the market to greet Audi’s newest Q-ship.