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2018 Audi Q5 second drive: It can see the future
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By: AutoweekUSA On: 10-27-2017 Model(s): The Audi Q5 luxury SUV came out in 2008, was refreshed in 2012 and, for 2018, it received a complete revamp with an upgraded engine, even more tech -- it already had a ton -- and a digital, hidden “aggression meter” that looks at how you’re driving and adjusts the quattro system accordingly. 2018 Audi Q5
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The Audi Q5 luxury SUV came out in 2008, was refreshed in 2012 and, for 2018, it received a complete revamp with an upgraded engine, even more tech -- it already had a ton -- and a digital, hidden “aggression meter” that looks at how you’re driving and adjusts the quattro system accordingly. Well, we named it “aggression meter;” Audi just called it a “program.” It sees the future -- you read that right -- predicting what’s going to happen on the pavement 500 milliseconds in advance. The all-wheel-drive system only takes 200 milliseconds to engage. Abracadabra.

The Q5 SUV is now responsible for a full 25 percent of Audi’s U.S. sales. All come from the company’s new $1.3 billion factory in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico. The midsize luxury crossover segment is hot right now, so Audi capitalized.

All new Q5s come with the VW Group’s redeveloped 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged I4 that now makes 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. That’s hooked to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and feeds to the company’s slick quattro all-wheel-drive system. This package is good for a 5.9-second sprint to 60 -- over a full second faster than its predecessor -- and is actually faster than the last Q5 with the 3.0-liter V6.

Like a handful of other cars on the market, the Q5 features a decoupling prop shaft that releases the rear wheels when not needed. That leads to an improvement in both city and highway mpg, with a combined rating of 25.

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