Fans and customers should be very excited about the upcoming Audi Q5 and SQ5. The first-generation was one of the best-selling Audis of all time and customers still love it. But this new, second-gen car is lighter, faster and more dynamic. Basically, it’s better in every single way. So buyers of the first-gen car should be very excited about trading in their old car for this new one. Especially considering that pricing is barely any more.
After destination charges, the new 2018 Audi Q5 starts life at $42,475 for Premium trim. If you want Premium Plus, that price bumps up to $46,475 and $51,675 for Prestige trim. For base Premium trim, that’s only $675 more than the 2017 Q5 and comes with so much more. Every nut and bolt is new, the chassis is dramatically different and improved, its engine is better and its handling is far more dynamic. So, for very little extra money, first-gen Audi Q5 buyers will be able to trade up to a dramatically-improved car.
In America, there’s only one powertrain option, the 2.0 liter TFSI four-cylinder engine, that makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, and it’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, powering all four wheels via as-standard Quattro all-wheel drive. That allows it to get from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds, which is faster than the previous car while delivering increased fuel economy.
For the upcoming Audi SQ5, the hotter, faster variant, it will set buyers back $55,375. To me, the Audi SQ5 seems like the far better deal than the Prestige-trim Q5, as it’s only a few thousand more but comes with a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine that makes 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and powers all four wheels. You can bump the Audi SQ5 up to $59,475 with Prestige Trim, which comes with more as-standard equipment.
We can’t wait to sample the new Audi Q5 to see how it improves on the very popular first-gen model. With pricing that’s barely any more expensive than its predecessor, better looks and far better performance, this should be another home run for Audi.