Audi is finally replacing its first-generation Q5 SUV with the all-new 2018 model and it now has a price tag. The German luxury brand announced a starting price of $42,475 for the 2018 Q5, which goes on sale shortly in the United States.
Buyers opting for the base Q5 will yield a 252 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and all-wheel-drive as standard fare. Buyers wanting a little more gusto can opt for the SQ5, which is powered by a 354 horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 for a starting price of $55,275. Both the Q5 and SQ5 are seeing modest price increases over the outgoing 2017 model.
Despite the price hikes, the 2018 Q5 will be right in line with its other German rivals, the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. All three models are within a few hundred dollars of each other, while the SQ5 has a price advantage over the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 4Matic.
Q5 buyers have a choice of Premium, Premium Plus, Prestige trim levels. The base Premium model offers standard features such as a backup camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality and auto climate control. The Premium Plus trim will add goodies such as LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof, while Prestige buyers will add Audi’s Virtual Cockpit feature, head-up display and 360-degree camera.
So far Audi is only saying that the 2018 Q5 and SQ5 will launch this spring. A detailed timeline is not yet known.