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2018 Audi Q5 long-term review — Money matters

2018 Audi Q5 long-term review — Money matters

Amit Benjamin 9 months ago

Week 4: Priced about the same as Porsche Macan, our 2018 Audi Q5 45 TFSI long-term tester is not exactly cheap. So, should you have it over the Porka?

A month in and our 2018 Q5 45 TFSI continues to impress with its everyday usability, however, this week we need to tackle the big one – its price.

Weighing in at AED192,500 base, it is by no means a cheap car. In fact, almost the same amount of your dirhams will get you a spiffing 2018 Porsche Macan. And well, you’ll have a Porsche. So, should you?

When it comes to power both cars are propelled by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine making an identical 252 horsepower. However, the Macan is longer at 4,697mm compared to the Q5’s 4,630mm, so the former is more spacious, therefore a smidgen more practical.

When it comes to performance, the Audi surprisingly trumps the Porsche. Zero to 100km/h is dealt with in 6.3 seconds in the Q5, while the Macan despatches the same run nearly half a second slower in 6.7 seconds.
But here’s the nub. Our long-term Q5 45 TFSI does not actually cost AED192K as I mentioned earlier. With its ten optional extras, our tester waltzes in at hefty AED241,300. That’s a lot of money for a compact crossover. It is worth mentioning though, that priced spec-for-spec, the Macan would easily surpass that number. And by some margin.

In the corners the Porsche is decidedly better though, not that it’d matter to the average crossover buyer, I suspect. Dynamically, the Q5 drives like a borderline fat hot hatch as well, which is no bad thing, while the ride quality is nicer than the Macan’s. Overall, if you have the money, the Q5 is a decent premium family crossover. It’s still no Porsche, though.

2018 Audi Q5 45 TFSI quattro — Long-term review

Mileage: 21,430km
Average fuel economy: 10 litres/100km
Lows: Expensive with options, base model costs as much as a Porsche Macan
Highs: It’s faster than the Porsche
Costs this week: AED80 (Fuel)


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