2018 Audi Q5 Deep DiveVirtual cockpit and adaptive cruise control are available, but be prepared to pay.
[MUSIC] Welcome to a deep dive into the tech of the 2018 Audi Q5. There's a lot to like about the tech in here, but like most things in life, you are gonna have to pay for it. But let's start with my favorite, Audi's virtual cockpit. This is a 12.3 inch customizable screen that sits That's right in the gauge cluster. Now, I could get Google Maps on it will all that cool satellite imagery, but unfortunately that requires the Audi Connect subscription, which this car doesn't have. [NOISE] Regardless, it's really cool to have your regular maps just right there, front and center, so that you don't have to avert your eyes into the center stack. And it's a bummer this car does not have the Audi Connect subscription because there's a lot of cool information I can access like weather, fuel prices, and check it out, I can even check my Twitters. That nifty virtual cockpit is part of a $2,600 package that also adds a navigation and a touchpad to Audi's MMI system. Now, it's pretty cool to have handwriting recognition into the navigation, but inputs are a little slow and that touchpad takes up a lot of real estate on the center console. Audi's MMI infotainment system on the 7 inch screen is pretty easy to use and really intuitive, and while I always prefer a touchscreen, the control is super clicky and is really satisfying to use. Apple Car Play and Android Auto are standard but it's a little awkward having to click through each of those icons instead of just touching them. And if you need to stay connected on the go, there is a Wi-Fi hotspot that can support up to eight devices. It just takes a lot of clicks to get there. When it comes to driver's aids, the base Q5 doesn't have much beyond a backup camera You gotta step up to the mid premium plus in order to get blind spot monitoring and emergency braking. Also on hand is vehicle exit assist, which will let you know if there is a car, maybe a jogger, or a bicyclist coming so you don't open your door right into them. And all the cool stuff like adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, well I can't show you that, because that's only available on the top-of-the-line Prestige trim. And even then, you've gotta pay an extra $1,800 for that. It's kinda funny when you think that a down market Rav 4 has those things, and this is a $50,000 plus crossover from Audi. Fascinating. So while there is a lot of tech in that Audi Q5, you're going to have to go all the way up to that top tram line, and then you've got to pay a little bit extra. [MUSIC]