2018 Audi Q5 3 0 Tdi Owners Manual Price

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The last time we visited the Baja Peninsula to drive an Audi—see “Escape from Baja” from C/D’s July 1983 issue—we were drenched by a tsunami triggered by a major earthquake in Japan. This time, it’s hot, peaceful, and relaxing. We’re on our best behavior at the Cabo San Lucas resort destination for two reasons: Audi has begun building Q5s in a new plant located 1250 miles southeast of here, and preproduction versions of this 2018 crossover are available for test drives.

The crossover craze has made the Q5, launched in 2008 and refreshed in 2013, Audi’s top-selling U.S. model. We proclaimed the Q5 the star of the luxury compact crossovers in our 2009 comparison test when it surpassed the best that BMW (X3), Lexus (RX350), Mercedes-Benz (GLK350), and Volvo (XC60) could muster. Five different powertrains have kept this Audi current over the years, and two years ago it sired Porsche’s admirable Macan. More than 1.6 million examples of the first-gen design have been sold globally, making the Q5 one of Audi’s most successful products.

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Recognizing the importance of intelligently sized car-based trucks in the global scheme of things, Audi joined the crowd of brands—eight others by our count—with manufacturing bases in Mexico. Following three years of construction and after bringing 3300 employees on board, the $1.3 billion San José Chiapa plant in Mexico’s Puebla province has begun producing Q5s for global consumption.

The Q5 is new from the ground up, according to Audi, but that’s not to say it’s an about-face from the first generation. Practically every part has been changed in moving from the previous MLB platform to the new version, including suspension and powertrain components. Nearly 200 pounds are said to have been trimmed. The hood, liftgate, front-bumper beam, suspension members, front brake calipers, brake booster, pedal mount, steering-column housing, and key powertrain components are aluminum. Two large aluminum castings are welded into the high-strength-steel unibody to anchor front suspension components. The rear of the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is a magnesium die casting.

 

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Quattro 2.0

Audi engineers converted the Q5 to what amounts to a front-driver with an ingenious Quattro system that employs what Audi calls Ultra technology. This provides all-wheel drive on demand, with the front wheels handling propulsion in normal cruising conditions. The clever parts are two computer-controlled clutches that engage torque to the rear wheels. One is located at the tail of the transmission, and the other is inside the rear differential. This cost-effective arrangement not only trims weight but also cuts friction by eliminating driveshaft and ring-and-pinion rotation when maximum traction isn’t required. An electronic controller monitors a sensor array to decide when to engage the clutches, sometimes anticipating the need for all-wheel drive during heavy throttle applications and/or tight turns. Only a few milliseconds are needed to step from front- to all-wheel traction, and we found that transition totally transparent during 200 miles of driving both on- and off-pavement.

The 2018 Audi Q5 3 0 Tdi Owners Manual offers outstanding style and technology both inside and out. See interior & exterior photos. 2018 Audi Q5 3 0 Tdi Owners Manual New features complemented by a lower starting price and streamlined packages. The mid-size 2018 Audi Q5 3 0 Tdi Owners Manual offers a complete lineup with a wide variety of finishes and features, two conventional engines.

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