2018 Audi Q5 U.S. Spec Review: Taller And Stronger

Audi is unleashing a barrage of new products over the next year, but the Q5 crossover is the most important. As the midsize luxury crossover segment has grown significantly in size since the original Q5’s 2009 launch it has drawn lots of competition, so Ingolstadt’s best-selling model has its work cut out. But based on our initial impressions of this new Audi, it has a good chance of coming out on top.

The 2018 Q5 isn’t due in showrooms until spring, but we’ve had plenty of seat time in the redesigned second-generation model. In October, we sampled European-market Q5 prototypes in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Just a few weeks later, Audi invited us to try out the U.S.-spec version on the same route, right down to the rural dirt roads dotted with local bovines that occasionally blocked our path.

Overcoming our déjà vu, we found enough differences between the U.S. and Euro versions to keep our pen and notepad busy.

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