2018 Audi Q5: New SUV has Q7 cues without the ugly, made in Mexico

The Audi Q5 has styling influenced by the larger Q7. While it isn’t pretty, it’s certainly not ugly like its bigger sibling.


The new Audi Q5 is based on the MQB matrix and is slightly larger than the first generation model, but is up to 90kg (198 lb) lighter than before because of maximum tensile strength steel and aluminum. Mileage is also improved through improved aero with a Cd figure of 0.30 in the 4-cylinder models.

Available features include a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit screen, 8.3-inch MMI infotainment screen, Qi inductive smartphone charging, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Bang & Olufsen sound system, adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, rear cross traffic alert, lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, hill descent control, and parking assistance.

In Europe there will be four turbo-diesel and one turbo-gas options at launch.

There are three 2.0-liter diesel engines: 110kW (150hp), 120kW (163hp), and 140kW (190hp). The 3.0-liter V6 TDI has 210kW (286hp) and 620Nm (457 lb-ft).

The sole gas engine is a 2-liter turbo 4-cylinder with 185kW (252hp), and mileage of 6.8L/100km (34.6mpg) or 154g/km of CO2.

17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels are standard, with wheels up to 21 inches optional. FWD and AWD models are available.

All second generation Audi Q5 SUVs will be built in a new factory in Mexico. Sales begin in Europe at the beginning of 2017.

Dimensions

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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2018 Audi Q5: New SUV has Q7 cues without the ugly, made in Mexico