Earlier this year I spent a week with the next generation Audi SQ5. Was I blown away with this high-performance compact SUV? Eh, not so much, for a number of reasons some of which can be pegged on the unseasonably cold weather during that test week. But this regular Q5 with the more plebeian 2.0-liter turbo? Now this is impressive.

MSRP as-tested: $58,440

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    • Hoa Truong
      Hoa Truong

      My car is Audi Q5 Premium Plus 2019 but it dont have Head Up Display and Camera All View 😭😭😭

      about 23 days ago
    • Dom Brunelli
      Dom Brunelli

      Sounds/looks the same as my '18 Prestige.  My trans always clanks on the shift at 24 mph..No one at the dealership has been able to fix/explain..Any ideas?

      about 24 days ago
    • Gabe Goglia
      Gabe Goglia

      Hate the iPad on top of the dash? Car drives the best.

      about 3 months ago
    • kubanskiloewe
      kubanskiloewe

      i choose a old RX450h instead of this and never looked back ...greetings
      from germany. This Audi weighs 1900-2000kg in 2019; a 10 year old RX450h with a
      3,5ltrV6 plus Hybrid weighs 2150kg which i think is not so bad for a
      over 10 year old Luxury SUV without having so much aluminium but
      airsuspension, full interated HUD, electric adjustable wooden steeringwheel, moonroof and and and ;-)

      about 4 months ago
    • kubanskiloewe
      kubanskiloewe In reply to kubanskiloewe

      @incediery the week points let me left AUDI .....happy now in Lexus, most depressing car , riding a whole day long is just a joy.

      about 2 months ago
    • incediery
      incediery In reply to kubanskiloewe

      @kubanskiloewe well we have our preference....and they're plenty of choice....the Audi is the pragmatic choice balance had always been Audi's strong point

      about 2 months ago
    • kubanskiloewe
      kubanskiloewe In reply to kubanskiloewe

      @incediery hahaha, i dont care . i have no smartphone . BUT look at the new 2020 RX they have a more narow 12,3" TOUCHSCREEN with Android Auro and Apple Car play ! https://youtu.be/a1j1muQP8Xk?t=47

      about 2 months ago
    • incediery
      incediery In reply to kubanskiloewe

      solid but the one deal breaker for all current lexus products for me is that horrid infotainment system...no apple car play or android auto that silly mouse like device...mainstream cars have better systems....paying too much money to live in the stone age

      about 2 months ago
    • Pierre-Richard Romain
      Pierre-Richard Romain

      Good review! Steve...in your honest opinion, what's better? The Q5 or SQ5? I like the SQ5's power, but after watching your review, I'm not sure anymore.

      about 4 months ago
    • Pierre-Richard Romain
      Pierre-Richard Romain In reply to Pierre-Richard Romain

      @Steve Hammes New Car Reviews I haven't watched it yet but I will later today.

      about 4 months ago
    • Steve Hammes New Car Reviews
      Steve Hammes New Car Reviews In reply to Pierre-Richard Romain

      I'd stick with the Q5. My SQ5 review was not as favorable. Did you watch that one?

      about 4 months ago
    • kubanskiloewe
      kubanskiloewe

      i went with a used Lexus RX450h ....more reliable and a Hybrid

      about 5 months ago
    • Peter McDonald
      Peter McDonald

      I bought a 2017 Q7
      The front windshield wipers don't work in the cold because the front defroster isn't strong enough to defrost the window
      So the windshield wipers stick as you drive and you have to keep pulling over because you can't see with all the ice that builds up on the window
      So all wheel drive or 0 to 60 in whatever doesn't matter if you can't see
      The lane assist thinks snow ruts in the road are the lines in the road and pulls you into oncoming traffic
      The GPS Works 50% of the time most of time driving you in circles when you really need it
      You can't turn off the air conditioning another design flaw
      The car always asks you to re-authenticate the cell phone you've had since you bought the car so you have to go through the setup process every time you enter to the car
      I bought the rear DVD players from Audi they're called RSEs rear seat entertainment package
      what a joke they advertise that they play DVDs from the onboard Audi DVD player but they don't cost me $3,000 Audi says DVDs are old technology can only live stream from Netflix another $3,000 out the window because of all these lies
      all these car reviews are done when the conditions are perfect so of course they look like great cars but once you buy the Audi I guarantee you you'll regret it
      I have a Mercedes E550 and the windshield wipers work perfectly along with everything else very easy to use different animal the Audi

      about 5 months ago
    • tmwall25
      tmwall25

      why why why do they out a dual clutch in a suv

      about 6 months ago
    • Bong Lim
      Bong Lim

      Still the best in its class IMO

      about 6 months ago
    • Norm T
      Norm T

      The 2018 Q5 sales beat out the past top sellers, RDX and NX!

      about 7 months ago
    • Zac Manner
      Zac Manner In reply to Norm T

      Its no surprise

      about 2 months ago
    • GHN1013
      GHN1013 In reply to Norm T

      But didn’t beat the top selling RX, which is more in this segment. (not the NX, which competes more with the Q3).

      about 5 months ago
    • riceboi2004
      riceboi2004

      This is actually a 2018.5 model. Compare to 2018 version, it seems the only difference is they moved USB #1 to near the cigarette lighter from the center console. Audi just came out with the true 2019 model days ago, so new AudiUSA didn’t even have all the interior photos ready when I checked. The 2019 version sees bigger revisions: on prestige model, now auto-parking is standard. The porous wood trim is no longer a $800 option but free. The sliding item holder under the armrest became a wireless phone charger, big enough to hold the bigger phones. The steering wheel telescoping/tilt is now motorized. There is also one new wheel design and a black optics package. With the additional standard equipment, price seems have creeped up just a bit (about 1k)

      about 7 months ago
    • John Doe
      John Doe

      Fantastic review, as usual, until you used "super" as an adverb.

      about 7 months ago
    • Usman Ladan
      Usman Ladan

      How does it compare with the X3 in terms of comfort, handling and build quality?

      about 7 months ago
    • David Johnson
      David Johnson

      Great video. Really want one

      about 7 months ago
    • ThePacalino
      ThePacalino

      Great review, as always! Did you feel any difference between the new quattro ultra system and the mechanical All-Wheel-Drive of the S5 Sportback you reviewed a few months ago? I like the new 2019 A7 very much but I am not convinced that the new ultra system will perform as well as the mechanical quattro system in the snow. Thanks.

      about 7 months ago
    • K03sport
      K03sport

      Wish the US would adopt the individual lamp funtion on the rear to simplify the brake/turn indicator s; that would help on this q5. Hmm, this or a cx9 signature, atlas sel, or 3series wagon...

      about 7 months ago
    • canonlybeme4life
      canonlybeme4life

      Great Review Steve. Nice Audi. However, still skeptical of the overall reliability (past 3 years time) and usually ridiculous repair costs

      about 7 months ago
    • Steve Hammes New Car Reviews
      Steve Hammes New Car Reviews In reply to canonlybeme4life

      Always a concern with them, for sure.

      about 7 months ago
    • Adrian Harvey
      Adrian Harvey

      Really attractive

      about 7 months ago
    • David G
      David G

      I don't see why you'd need the SQ5, when the Q5 is properly quick!

      about 7 months ago
    • Billy Sou
      Billy Sou

      The shopper here who has about $55k for a luxury compact crossover will have a tough decision with the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC.

      about 7 months ago
    • JimmyDew
      JimmyDew In reply to Billy Sou

      AQ5 hands down!

      about 4 months ago
    • Billy Sou
      Billy Sou In reply to Billy Sou

      Steve, if I had a choice I'd lean ever so slightly towards the X3. No Android Auto available in the BMW could stray me towards the Q5.

      about 7 months ago
    • Steve Hammes New Car Reviews
      Steve Hammes New Car Reviews In reply to Billy Sou

      So many solid choices.

      about 7 months ago
    • JakeDrives
      JakeDrives

      Always LOVE your Audi reviews Steve.. Thank you!

      about 7 months ago
    • Steve Hammes New Car Reviews
      Steve Hammes New Car Reviews In reply to JakeDrives

      Thanks, Jake!

      about 7 months ago
    • bieight8
      bieight8

      Build by a bunch of mexican

      about 7 months ago
    • JimmyDew
      JimmyDew In reply to bieight8

      Just like our homes and our backyards, they do a great job.

      about 4 months ago
    • EasyRider
      EasyRider In reply to bieight8

      You can't even spell "built" the correct way in your sentence. And I am a German... Shame on you!

      about 5 months ago
    • K03sport
      K03sport In reply to bieight8

      .... And the point being? If you don't like that, then go for a volvo, m-b, or bmw built by a bunch of (lazy) United Statesmen (Americans).

      about 7 months ago
    • Vito Allen
      Vito Allen In reply to bieight8

      yep so that means it's built with great quality!!

      about 7 months ago
    • Kasio 22B
      Kasio 22B

      Everything's checked all right except the almost unchanged dated exterior design.

      about 7 months ago
    • Thomas Rossman
      Thomas Rossman

      I don’t understand what was wrong with the first slot you put your cell phone in? It seemed to hold it pretty well?

      about 7 months ago
    • riceboi2004
      riceboi2004 In reply to Thomas Rossman

      It’s too short and too shallow. Won’t fit the bigger phones like Xs max or 8 plus. And any phone can fall out after one turn on the road

      about 7 months ago
    • Steve Hammes New Car Reviews
      Steve Hammes New Car Reviews In reply to Thomas Rossman

      It's far too shallow. Doesn't fit my XS.

      about 7 months ago
    • NZsarge1
      NZsarge1

      Nah, SQ5

      about 7 months ago
    • A F A
      A F A

      Fancy VW.

      about 7 months ago
    • ThePacalino
      ThePacalino In reply to A F A

      Or "not-as-fancy" Porsche, or Lamborghini... or Bentley... or Bugatti... You get the point... hopefully.

      about 7 months ago
    • JakeDrives
      JakeDrives In reply to A F A

      Fancy Honda, Fancy Toyota, Fancy Nissan.. They all compete and they all sell like hotcakes... and VAG builds the best of them all.. what's it to ya?

      about 7 months ago
    • NZsarge1
      NZsarge1 In reply to A F A

      A F A
      No, quite different to any of the VW’s actually

      about 7 months ago
    • TunnelRat
      TunnelRat

      I had a Q3 as a rental and I fell in love. As soon as I got back home, I went to test drive a Q5, expecting the same quality, but just in a bigger package. The fit and finish was unfortunately much worse than my rental. I could not believe it. Of course, the Q5 is their volume seller, but you could tell that just by sitting in it. You could definitely tell by driving it. I went just down the road and bought a Mercedes GLC. Once again - a volume seller, but actually looks like I paid $60k for it. It's good to hear that 2019 is looking better because I really wanted to like that car.

      about 7 months ago