2018 Audi Q5 is finally redesigned, offering increased driver assistance, a better base engine and a modern infotainment system. This luxury compact has a really long standard features list, a lively acceleration, a lot of space in the cabin and an overall inspiring design, even if the starting price is above class.

The 2018 Audi Q5 does a great job addressing the shortcomings of the 2017 model. This even includes better fuel economy. There is a pretty good balance between sportiness and comfort while drivers surely love the high quality materials included in the cabin.

With a starting point of over $42,000, is the 2018 Audio Q5 the SUV for you? Check out the extra details below to figure it out for yourself.

Performance

The standard engine does not lack power, offering 252 hp. The automatic transmission is 7 speed dual clutch and the engine is 2.0 4 cylinder turbocharged. Another more powerful engine capable of 354 hp is available on the market. Acceleration is brisk and gas mileage was improved, although it is still just average. This means a city average of 23 miles per gallon.

The AWD system is available as standard in Q5, together with Audi Drive Select giving 4 useful drive modes. Audi Q5 gives you a highly comfortable ride with minimal body lean. Although steering could offer increased feedback, it is still really good.

Interior

Standard models include leather upholstery and you get a 5 seats setting, although the best fit is for four. Among the standard features you will also get split-folding, power adjustable front seats and a lot more. Extra optional features include heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, heated front seats, Alcantara upholstery, 4-way lumbar support, memory setting for the driver seat and 12 way adjustable front sports driving seat. Speaking about seats, they are comfortable and supporting, giving you more than enough legroom and headroom.

The interior of the 2018 Audi Q5 is decidedly decadent, featuring soft touch materials all in the cabin. Upholstery is really high quality and you are going to love the attention that is put in all the design details, including stylish patterns in the stitching.

Cargo space available is a little more than the average, being better than much of the competition. The infotainment system is upgraded with a better display, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, voice command, HD radio, Bluetooth, push button ignition and 2 USB ports. Extras like satellite radio or larger screen can be added. To sum up, you gain access to a lot of technology that allows you to be as connected as you want while on the road.

Reliability & Safety

Although at this point in time we do not have reliability ratings officially shown, it is expected to be pretty high. There is basically a really good possibility that reliability will be as high as it needs to be, all summed up with a good 4 years/50,000 miles warranty.

Talking about safety, crash tests have not been done but we do know about the safety features that are now available. They include rearview camera, Audi Pre Sense City and Audi Pre Sense Basic. The brake system is automatically activated when imminent crashes are detected while seat belts are tightened and windows are closed. You can opt for extra safety features like front park assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

Conclusions

The bottom line is that the 2018 Audi Q5 is fully redesigned, featuring a great interior, powerful available engine and an infotainment system that is very easy-to-use. The list of available features is very long while the balance between smooth and comfortable ride is something that can even please the avid sports car fan. At a first glance there is not much difference noticed in terms of overall appearance but at a closer inspection you are surely going to love the 2018 Audi Q5.