Audi Q5: 2018 Motor Pattern SUV of the 12 months Contender No ratings yet.

Glitch within the matrix

We Like: Dashboard of the long run, screaming SQ5 efficiency.

We Don’t Like: Harsh stability-control intervention, uninteresting Q5 character

On the floor, the Q5 has rather a lot going for it: a future-is-now instrument panel, high-style inside particulars, and a rip snortin’ SQ5 efficiency mannequin. What it doesn’t have—or not less than our tester didn’t—was correctly working stability management and collision-avoidance software program.

The Q5 had a startling behavior of slamming on the brakes mid-corner in response to nonexistent threats, a habits each decide skilled when driving reasonably shortly on the dealing with analysis loop. Audi technicians later reported a busted “degree sensor,” which reads how a lot the automobile is pitching or yawing and informs the soundness management’s response. Audi says it’s by no means seen this drawback earlier than and that it was distinctive to our tester. Sadly, we weren’t capable of restore the Q5 on-site or purchase a alternative automobile throughout our analysis.

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The SQ5 had no such drawback; it liked the dealing with observe. Nonetheless, our awards are introduced to the total automobile vary, and the SQ5’s enjoyable issue didn’t invalidate the Q5’s issues. Nor did it cover that past the digital sprint, the Q5 doesn’t break any new floor for the category or for Audi basically.

“That is basically an evolution of the present Q5—and appears and feels it in each approach,” Angus MacKenzie stated. “We’ve form of seen all of it earlier than. It doesn’t transfer the needle by way of Audi design and engineering. The drive expertise is considerably anodyne within the common Q5. The SQ5 is a stormer however is comprehensively bested by the AMG GLC43 Coupe, which is faster, steers higher, and grips more durable.”

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2018 Audi SQ5 V6 T 2018 Audi Q5 2.0T Quattro
BASE PRICE $55,275 $42,475
PRICE AS TESTED $68,175 $56,500
VEHICLE LAYOUT Entrance-engine, AWD, 5-pass, Four-door SUV Entrance-engine, AWD, 5-pass, Four-door SUV
ENGINE three.0L turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6 2.0L turbo DOHC 16-valve I-Four
TRANSMISSION Eight-speed automated 7-speed twin-clutch auto
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) Four,464 lb (54/46%) Four,179 lb (53/47%)
WHEELBASE 111.2 in 111.Zero in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 183.9 x 74.5 x 65.three in 183.6 x 74.5 x 65.three in
Zero-60 MPH 5.Zero sec 5.9 sec
QUARTER MILE 13.5 sec @ 101.Eight mph 14.5 sec @ 94.6 mph
BRAKING, 60-Zero MPH 112 ft 136 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION Zero.88 g (avg) Zero.79 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.7 sec @ Zero.73 g (avg) 27.2 sec @ Zero.65 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 19/24/21 mpg 23/27/25 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 177/140 kW-hrs/100 miles 147/125 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB Zero.93 lb/mile Zero.79 lb/mile

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