For US News & World Report, 2018 Audi Q5 Bests 2018 Acura MDX Nearly Across the Board

When comparing new luxury SUVs, especially here in our greater New London, CT locale, it pays to have the word of a widely recognized and well-regarded consumer authority on which to go. All the better when it comes to favor your automaker for the overall luxury car experience. And accolade the new 2018 Audi Q5, US News & World Report did, calling the Four Rings offering the solid choice over mainstays like the new 2018 Acura MDX. Discover just a few of the ways the new 2018 Q5 pulled ahead for the experts, right here at Hoffman Audi of New London.

 

  • For one, the new Audi Q5 comes completely redesigned for 2018, with improvements on prior model years and the addition of the latest infotainment and safety tech. 2018 Acura MDX, US News found, remains a carryover primarily from 2017, with but an updated infotainment system.
  • Secondly, the reviewer found the new Q5 roomier and more comfortable, with eight-way power-adjustable front seats available in Alcantara, heated, and ventilated in front and with four-way lumbar support, alongside an optionally heated steering wheel and available driver's seat memory settings. The new MDX, however, appeared not as spacious in the rear, even with a third row, and though both models boasted excellent fit and finish on the interior, with high-quality materials throughout, Q5 edges out MDX in upscale feel.
  • Further, Q5 was found to offer more available convenience tech, safety features, and connectivity options, from a 7-inch driver information display, MMI® all-in-touch touchpad with handwriting recognition, navigation, and a 19-speaker sound system to a head-up display, 360-degree camera, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, front and rear park assist, and blind spot monitoring, with an infotainment setup easier to use than that of MDX.
  • Q5 even showed itself the more powerful option and the one with better handling. These were thanks to a base turbocharged 252-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission, upgradable to a 354-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 workhorse available in the SQ5 trim, offering a silky smooth eight-speed auto. 2018 MDX offered more horses under the hood at base, in its 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6, mated to a nine-speed automatic, but USN&WR found it a touch less refined and slower to shift. Plus, where Q5 offered standard quattro® all-wheel drive, MDX made its own AWD system only optional.
  • Perhaps better yet, our Audi SUV is more economical with fuel, offering up to an estimated 23 city mpg and 27 highway mpg to MDX at 20 mpg and 27 mpg respectively.
  • But best of all, it's more affordably priced. The 2018 Audi Q5 base weighs in around $41,500, with its top trim at approximately $54,300, whereas 2018 Acura MDX, in front-wheel drive, starts at about $44,200, and fully loaded, comes in at a whopping $58,650 or so.

 

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