Audi used the Paris auto show to showcase the redesign of one of its most popular models in recent memory: the Q5 crossover. The second-generation Q5 adds size, technology and power to the outgoing model while inheriting the looks of some of its Audi siblings, including the Q7. Here’s what journalists, analysts and others are saying about the Audi Q5.
“But unlike the Q7, the Q5 doesn't look quite so dowdy in its redesigned body. We'll attribute that to the smaller front and rear overhangs, which keep the Q5 looking like a crossover instead of a high-riding wagon. The face is mostly a carbon copy of the Q7's, with a prominent grille featuring a silver surround and flanked by a set of clean, stylish headlights. In back, the smaller Audi gets more expressive taillights that harken back to the first-generation model in their lighting signature. We aren't really sure what Audi was going for with its two-tier rear bumper, but it doesn't work and is inarguably the worst piece of an otherwise fashionable design.”
-- Brandon Turkus, Autoblog
“Like the redesigned Audi A5 that was unveiled beside it at the 2016 Paris auto show, the all-new 2018 Audi Q5 is a model that looks a lot like its predecessor. In fact, many may confuse the new-generation Q5 as little more than a facelift -- the new car’s side profile and rear-end design, in particular, look nearly identical to the current Q5’s. Fortunately, touches such as a chunky, Q7-inspired grille, LED headlights, and swollen front fenders that flow into the hood help give the 2018 Q5 a fresh-faced look when viewed head-on.”
-- Greg Fink, Car and Driver
“Goldilocks, after breaking into the home of three apparently benevolent bears, found several aspects of the caniforms’ home to be just right. Luxury SUV shoppers, upon visiting an Audi dealership, often find most aspects of the Q5 to be just right. A 5-passenger SUV, the Audi Q5 is larger than the Q3 and smaller than the Q7, making it the perfect solution for the upscale utility buyer. For 2018, Audi redesigns the Q5. It is larger than the vehicle it replaces, yet it loses almost 200 pounds and boasts an aerodynamic coefficient of drag measuring as low as 0.30 cd. Styling is patterned after the Q7, with a flat nose dominated by Audi’s Singleframe grille and a tapering roofline. The proportions are similar to the outgoing Q5, but the styling essentially reflects a shrunken Q7.”
-- Christian Wardlaw, New York Daily News
“Audi listened to previous Q5 owner feedback and addressed the issues raised, making the new SUV a little bigger to create more rear legroom and cargo capacity. It's also got the latest trademark Audi features, like a virtual cockpit and an upgraded central touchscreen. This is a critical model that should maintain Audi's U.S. volume growth, even as the new-car market plateaus.”
-- Karl Brauer, Kelley Blue Book
“From the side, the new Q5 looks similar to the old model. Chrome accents surround the windows and accentuate the vehicle’s raked roofline. But the new model receives more well-defined hips, highlighted by the character line that runs the entire way from the hood, through the side doors, to the rear of the vehicle.
“The back end of the Q5 adopts a squarer shape for 2018. New taillights give the Q5 a more menacing look. A sharp crease runs a straight line across the bottom of both taillights, and other deep creases frame the bumper area.”
-- Kelly Pleskot, Motor Trend
“First came the revamped Q7, then the baby Q3 got a makeover, and now the most important member of Audi’s SUV tryptic, the 2018 Q5, has broken cover in Paris. Borrowing styling cues from its larger and smaller siblings, as well as a welcome blast of tech from the Ingolstadt automaker’s labs, it’s a serious upgrade for what’s a very serious vehicle for Audi.
“That’s because the first-generation Q5 has become the best-selling vehicle in its class, worldwide, meaning there’s plenty riding on whether or not this second-generation version is as much of a hit.
“First impressions are certainly good. The design is chunky and handsome, with Audi’s now-familiar trapezoidal grille sitting alongside crisp cut lines and a sharp shoulder crease, the latter softened with a slight ripple around the rear doors.”
-- Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear
“Meet the new Q5, Audi's new mid-range crossover that will go on sale sometime next year. It doesn't shake up the current Q5 formula too much, but the redesigned CUV debuts with improvements in all the right areas.
“First and foremost, the Q5 moves to Audi's new MLB Evo platform, shared with the new A4and A5. So while the new model is larger than before, it's actually lighter -- some 200 pounds lighter, in fact. That'll likely make it a bit more efficient, as will the new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 252 horsepower. Yes, European-spec versions will get a few diesel options, but, well, you know how that goes.”
-- Steven Ewing, Motor1.com