The Q5 is Audi’s flagship model and the vehicle that is one of the pioneers of the crossover’s boom. When it appeared in 2008, the entire industry went crazy about the new design and performance. We can say it triggered the success of crossovers and SUVs they enjoy now. The 2020 Audi Q5 is a part of the second generation and it is not going to change too much on the current version. At least, not cosmetic modifications are expected. On the other hand, 2020 Audi SQ5 will get more power and features to compete with other performance-oriented luxury crossovers.
Powertrains range is one of the advantages of the current model. Engineers are not going to modify engines for 2020 Audi Q5. On the other hand, we expected more excitements, maybe diesel units, or even hybrid. Hi-tech features in the cabin will draw younger buyers. Comfort and safety are at the highest level. On the other hand, the price of extras is pretty hefty. Also, upper trim levels are not so affordable. The base price is at the average value for the luxury compact crossover class.
2020 Audi Q5 Engines
Under the bonnet of the new 2020 Audi Q5 remains a couple of turbocharged engines. The base one is a 2.0-liter four-pot mill with 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. A dual-clutch seven-speed automatic S tronic gearbox is sending power to all wheels. The new Q5 continues to use the famous Quattro system. This setup allows the drivetrain to use front wheels only, and activate all wheels if needed. A 23/29 mpg rating is fairly ok, and the lower return is the only downside of the Quattro system compared to FWD. The other turbo engine is V6 and it comes with the SQ5 model.
2020 Audi SQ5
The 2020 Audi SQ5 is a performance-oriented version of the Q5 crossover. It improves the specs with a 3.0-l V6 engine. This high-output model can produce over than 100 ponies more than the standard setup. That means a V6 is capable to deliver 355 hp and 370 lb-ft of twist. It uses the same Quattro system that sends power to all wheels by demand. However, more power means higher fuel consumption. The 2020 Audi SQ5 will return only 22 mpg combined. Another downside is the price of the SQ5. On the other hand, it will make a base model more versatile and capable to fight the competition that comes with the similar performance-oriented crossovers.
2020 Audi Q5 Redesign
One of the main strengths of the 2020 Audi Q5 will be the design. Even after the redesign, the crossover is still eye-catching. Audi might have some issues with diesel emissions, but the styling of their models is hard to match. Aggressive, elegant, sporty, futuristic… we can speak of it in superlatives. Audi won’t change a well-known grille design, but xenon headlights and larger mesh size will make Q5 more appealing. While 18-inch wheels are standard, buyers can opt for 19- or 20-inchers at higher trim levels. Ground clearance remains at 8.2 inches, allowing the 2020 Audi Q5 to go off-road. For the SQ5 model, Audi prepares a new unique grille, spoilers, and a bumper.
Interior and Accessories
You won’t lack hi-tech technology at any trim level of the 2020 Audi Q5. Right from the base model you are getting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard services. For more aid features, buyers can always count on rear cross traffic assist & vehicle exit assist. Also, Audi offers MMI navigation and virtual cockpit with Premium Plus package. Top of the class remains a Prestige model with adaptive cruise control and premium Bang & Olufsen audio system. A 3D sound and 19 speakers will raise the overall infotainment system to another level.
2020 Audi Q5 Prices
The base trims of the 2020 Audi Q5 are pretty affordable. Well, for premium compact crossover class. The standard offer starts at $43,000. The upcoming model is not going to change it. However, we will probably see some modifications for upper trims. Changes in features and packages will make Premium Plus trim to go over $50k. Top trim with a four-cylinder engine is Prestige and its price will be around $55,000.
The 2020 Audi SQ5 will start slightly under that value. Same trim levels are used for this performance-oriented crossover. The price of the Premium Plus package is going to be around $60,000. It brings the same features as for the standard crossover. The only upgrade is the V6 engine. Prestige model will cost around $63,000.
Release Date and Competition
The new 2020 Audi Q5 will be available for purchase late this year. Last quarter will unveil final upgrades and prices of both standard and SQ5 model. By then, we will also see what does the competition prepares. BMW X3 is an archrival. Other alternatives are Volvo XC60, Mercedes GLC, and Acura RDX. On the other hand, 2020 Audi SQ5 will face the competition in Porsche Macan, BMW X3M, and Range Rover Sport.