The first-generation Audi Q5 was a sensational hit. While, as enthusiasts, we aren’t huge fans of the first-gen Q5, as it’s a bit too numb and lacks the dynamics Audi is capable of, it was a massive sales success. To follow up on that sales hit, Audi is going to have to seriously deliver on the second-gen Q5. We’ll find out how Audi did with the second iteration this Spring, when the new Audi Q5 hits dealers.
Built on an entirely new chassis, the second-gen Audi Q5 is lighter, stiffer and more dynamic. It also looks significantly better. Where the first-gen was handsome enough, this new Q5 is far better looking, with crisper lines and a more aggressive design. It wears Audi’s new corporate Singleframe grille well and borrows a lot of its older sibling’s (Q7) design language.
The interior has also been completely revamped, borrowing styling from Audi’s new line of cars. It mixes a bit of the new Audi A4 and Audi Q7 together and looks really good. It’s upscale, high-tech and luxurious. The Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster is a triumph and the focal point of all new Audis.
It also drives significantly better. According to some drive reviews, the second-generation Q5 is better in every way than the model it replaces. It’s sharper, more dynamic and more fun to drive while also being more comfortable and more luxurious. Overall, there isn’t a single thing its predecessor does better.
The second-generation Audi Q5 will go on sale worldwide this Spring and will almost immediately become one of the best selling SUVs in the segment.