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New Audi Q5 is a sculptural beauty on wheels

Audi took the best parts of the larger Q7 crossover and shrunk them down to fit the two-row Q5, to brilliant results.

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The Audi Q5 gets all kinds of new tech for 2018, and it looks good to boot.

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A new seven-speed dual clutch transmission offers up quick shifts automatically or from the paddle shifters. 

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The new Quattro all-wheel drive system now defaults to front-wheel drive. Power is thrown to the rear instantaneously only when you need it.

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An excellent two-liter turbocharged engine puts out 252 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.

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This year Audi drive select with five different modes is standard. You can choose from comfort, auto, dynamic, off-road or individual. Each will set different throttle, transmission and steering parameters. 

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The optional Audi Virtual Cockpit puts navigation front and center on a 12.3-inch screen. It's part of a $2,600 navigation package but totally worth it.

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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard on the Q5, allowing for easy access to your smartphone interface. 

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Adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist are only available on the top-of-the-line Prestige trim, and then they are part of an $1,800 package.

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The seven-inch screen on the center stack isn't a touchscreen, but the MMI infotainment system is intuitive and easy to use.

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The 2018 Audi Q5 starts at $41,500 but can easily go up to over $50,000, depending on trim and options. Keep scrolling for more photos of Audi's latest two-row crossover. 

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