For Cars.com's upcoming multivehicle comparison, we took on the daunting — and highly competitive — field of luxury compact SUVs. Among those we tested was this 2018 Audi Q5 in Prestige trim.
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Painted in Brilliant Black with an Atlas Beige interior, the Q5 was priced at $52,275 — including a $975 destination fee. That's more than $10,000 higher than its starting price of $41,500. How did it get there? Well, there's that destination charge and the $500 charge for the Cold Weather Package, which adds a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The other $9,300 went to the Prestige Package, which is the highest trim level of the Q5.
Optioning up to the Prestige level adds a premium Bang & Olufsen stereo, navigation, a head-up display, Audi Virtual Cockpit and panoramic sunroof to the interior, and 20-inch wheels to the exterior. It also adds Audi's "parking system plus," which includes front and rear parking sensors. Those are the highlights, but a host of other little gadgets and upgrades are also included.
Powering the Q5 was a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 252 horsepower and 273 pounds-feet of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission sent power to all four wheels as part of Audi's legendary quattro all-wheel drive system.
We can't reveal how the Audi finished in the 2018 Compact Luxury SUV Challenge — but we can reveal that it came in second in the alphabetical-ordering-by-brand portion, among the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, 2018 BMW X3, 2018 Cadillac XT5, 2019 Infiniti QX50, 2018 Lexus NX 300 and 2018 Volvo XC60. Stay tuned for the results, publishing June 4 on Cars.com.
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