Audi is making some big claims for its all-new Q5, ones it is backing up with EPA fuel economy numbers. The automaker says the new redesigned Q5 will be the most fuel-efficient car in its class.
The best-in-class fuel economy comes from the combined 25 mpg mileage rating when equipped with standard all-wheel drive. Audi says the combined mpg doesn’t just beat the competition, namely the 2017 Acura RDX AWD, BMW X3 xDrive28i, Jaguar F-Pace and Lexus RX 350, it also beats the outgoing Q5 by 3 miles-a-gallon. Break it down and the model gets an EPA-estimated 27-highway and 23-city miles.
Audi achieved the better fuel economy by making the new Q5 lighter thanks to a mix of steel and aluminum. The new mix makes the Q5 200 pounds lighter, even though it’s longer, too. The automaker also credits its new ultra Quattro system. It features special technology to help dictate how much power gets sent to the rear wheels. Varying the amount of power enables the system to preserve fuel.
Audi explains how the special tech allows the model to read and compensate for road conditions in under 250 milliseconds in the video below. The new 2018 Q5 is going on sale now starting from just over $42,000. Be sure to give it a test drive at your local Car Pro Certified dealer.