Even though Audi car manufacturers have just presented Audi Q5 SUV crossover, they have also announced this all-new version of the model which is expected to arrive as a 2019 model. So the main question remains if you are on the market for Audi Q5, you should buy 2018 version or wait upcoming 2019 model. In addition, we all might wonder what can and will be improvements and new things that will be experienced by 2019 Audi Q5 model.
Audi Q5 model represents the second compact luxury crossover SUV that was first presented to the world in 2008 at the Beijing Auto Show. Then the second generation Q5 was introduced at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, and now the 2018 model will arrive at all new in February next year. Maybe it might not be completely different visually, but the details are what will make it look fresh and more modern. More visible changes will be seen in the cabin where the car manufacturer has applied the latest design language. For example, the display in the center of the dashboard is more modern, the controls and buttons are better set.
Under the hood, we can expect the same drivetrain that can be slightly revised to provide better performance and improved fuel efficiency. Furthermore, the latest Audi Q5 will use the new architecture used in Audi A4 which means it will be slightly longer than the current model.
However, despite the use of materials that are lighter in design such as aluminum, it will come with a slightly reduced weight that will not be as significant as expected. On the other hand, because it will grow in size a little, to be exact, it will be a little longer, the second row of seats will provide more space and therefore be more comfortable. As a 2018 model year, the upcoming 2019 Audi Q5 will arrive are a few trims that will include: Premium, Premium Plus and Platinum trim levels.
2019 Audi Q5 : Platform, design exterior and interior
2018 model year has been transferred to a new platform, which also supports Audi A4. So, Audi Q5 is now a little longer than its predecessor which affects its interior space so it is cleaner, especially for rear passengers. When it comes to exterior design, the upcoming 2019 Audi Q5 will arrive very similar to the current model. At first glance, we might not even notice the difference because they can only be seen in small details.
For example, 2019 Audi Q5 will now get a standard HID light while LED lights will remain optional. The grid should be refreshed a little and on the back, we will see a new LED tail light. On the other hand, Audi SQ5 version will accept a slightly different style and unique wheel design. The standard 2019 Audi Q5 will drive 5 inches 18 inches alloy wheels with all season tires while the higher trim will get larger 20 inches alloy wheels.
Interior, 2019 Audi Q5 will feature more updates in this area where we will see a more organized and well designed cabin. 2019 Audi Q5 cabin is one of the most beautiful and high quality in its class. This will be able to accommodate up to five passengers. With a slightly improved interior space, it will provide more comfort too, especially on the back. The seats are very comfortable and even in the base trim, leather upholstered. The rear can be divided and folded into more cargo space which is generally quite large. Furthermore, for a more luxurious feel, this will be available with wood details and glossy and matte finish as well.
2019 Audi Q5 will come with many modern standard features even in the base trim and various optional technology systems. So, the basic Premium trim is equipped with power and window locks, automatic emergency braking, audio system, 7.0 inches central color screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and front seat strength. Premium Plus will add LED headlights, beautiful power moonroof, rear cross traffic, heated front seats, and so on. Finally, the Prestige trim will come with a Bang & Olufsen sound system with 19 speakers, a parking system, MMI navigation, a blind spot monitor, etc.
2019 Audi Q5 : Engine, performance and fuel efficiency
When it comes to 2019 Audi Q5 engine, chances are there won’t be a significant increase. So, maybe it will use the same engine offered in the current model. This is a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder turbo that is practically the same unit that moves its larger siblings Audi Q7. This engine can produce 258 horses and 273 pound feet of torque. Compared to the previous model, this engine shows an increase of 38 horses and 15 pound feet of torque.
Furthermore, this drivetrain will be paired with a 7 speed automatic double clutch transmission. The all-wheel-drive system will continue to be the standard as before. In addition, this will be available with Drive Select System which will include five modes; it will be the latest Auto, Sport, Individual, Comfort and Off-Road modes. For fuel efficiency, we can expect the same numbers as in the current model. It gets 23 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined.
On the other hand, Audi Company will also offer a high performance version of this model. This is Audi SQ5 which will show a stronger unit under the hood. This will be a 3.0-liter V-6 turbocharged engine that will be able to produce 354 horsepower and 369 pound feet of torque. This unit will be mated to an 8 speed automatic gearbox. The all-wheel-drive configuration will be standard as on base Q5. In addition, it will be able to reach 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. This version of fuel economy is estimated at 19 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined.
2019 Audi Q5 : marketing, Release Date and Prices
When is the release date, sales and showroom. Unfortunately, it is still unknown when exactly 2019 Audi Q5 will hit the market. Speaking of prices, it must be the same as one of the current models. So, the base trim should start around the range of $ 41,500, Premium Plus in the range of $ 45,500 and Prestige above will cost around the $ 51,000 range. Its main competitors in the market are Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, Volvo XC60 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio.