The Audi Q5 has been among the most popular compact luxury crossover SUVs for years, and with good reason. It combines a spacious, comfortable and hushed cabin with Audi’s traditionally strong cabin quality and in-dash smarts. Plus, it drives nicely, with a planted ride and a smooth 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering a useful 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.
Featuring Audi’s latest MMI infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, plus upscale options like a 755-watt, 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster and head-up display, the Q5’s cabin tech game is arguably stronger than key rivals like the BMW X3, Infiniti QX50 and Lexus RX.
My old English teacher, Mrs. Fraser, used to tell me that the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Electrification strategies follow the same line of reasoning -- instead of jamming as many battery-electric vehicles into dealerships as fast as humanly possible, consumers appreciate approaching new technologies with baby steps.
In that sense, a plug-in hybrid is a great middle ground, offering some electric-only operation without constantly needing to be within range of a plug. Audi already has its all-electric at dealerships, but if you're not yet ready to take the plunge, its 2020 plug-in hybrid lineup is a great introduction to electrons.
Us Yankees will get three flavors of Audi PHEVs: The A7, A8 and Q5.
Audi restyled is popular Q5 utility vehicle to create a family hauler with more rakish proportions.
Designers at the four-ring brand have given the popular Q5 a more dramatic profile without gutting the machine's versatility.
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With an expressive new design and, of course, more power, the updated S3 should make a compelling compact luxury sedan.
In addition to packing a sharper look, the new S3 sports new electronics that should make it even more fun to drive.
Little changes for 2020 don't change the R8's overall character.
Audi's V10-powered R8 is still one of the best sports cars around.