2018 Audi Q5 vs 2009-2017: 2nd vs 1st generation differences compared

See the changes between the first- and second-generation Audi Q5 crossovers in this side-by-side photo comparison.

2017 Audi Q5 TFSI Quattro - front, red2nd gen
Audi Q5 facelift1st gen F/L
The second-generation Q5 rides on the Volkswagen Group's lighter and more flexible MLB Evo component set. Both cars have seating for five, and a longitudinal engine with either front- or all-wheel drive.
2017 Audi Q5 TFSI Quattro - side, red2nd gen
2012 Audi Q5 facelift1st gen F/L
Despite being new, the second-generation Q5 is clearly evolved stylistically from the first-generation SUV. While the first-generation Q5 was in Germany for most global markets, the new car will be primarily produced at a new factory in Mexico.
2017 Audi Q5 TFSI Quattro - rear, red2nd gen
Audi Q5 facelift - rear1st gen F/L
The new Q5 has sharper lines and detailing than the first generation car, but retains the clamshell tailgate design from the original crossover.
2017 Audi Q5 - interior, dashboard2nd gen
Type 85 Audi SQ5 TDI Plus - interior1st gen F/L
As is normal with Audi vehicles, both cars have high quality interiors. The new Q5, understandably, has a more modern design with a floating tablet-style infotainment screen.

Dimensions (2nd gen vs 1st gen)

Length: 4,660mm (+21mm) | 183.5 inches (+0.8 inches)
Width: 1,890mm (+10mm) | 74.4 inches (+0.4 inches)
Height: 1,660mm (+10mm) | 65.4 inches (+0.4 inches)
Wheelbase: 2,820mm (+13mm) | 111 inches (+0.5 inches)

Luggage volume (seats up): 550-610L (+10L) | 19.4-21.5 cu ft (+0.4 cu ft)
Luggage volume (seats down): 1,550L | 54.7 cu ft

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]