The new Q5’s subtle redesign barely hints at the many improvements made compared with the previous generation. Even though the ride is firm, the Q5’s suspension very effectively absorbs each bump. The engine is also quieter, and the appealing interior is brimming with high-tech features. To top it off, the Q5 is quicker even while the fuel economy is better.

Audi’s new 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine is smooth and energetic, powering the Q5 to 60 mph in a scant 6.8 seconds. More impressive, it managed 24 mpg overall, a gain of 3 mpg relative to the previous Q5. Though the new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic has a slight delay during rolling stops, it delivers brisk, smooth shifts after that. But it’s counterintuitive to push the shifter forward for Reverse, and you must press a separate button for Park.

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The Q5 ranks at the top of the class in cabin tranquility, with a premium-looking interior that’s clean and uncluttered. The MMI infotainment system is filled with features and proves logical once mastered. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard.

There’s more passenger space inside the Q5 than its shape suggests. The driver has plenty of space, and the supportive front seats are firm and well-padded, with a range of power adjustments. The rear seat is surprisingly roomy for this class.

And last, we applaud Audi for making forward-collision warning and low-speed automatic emergency braking standard on all 2018 Q5s.

Read the complete Audi Q5 road test.

2018 Audi Q5 Review

HIGHS: Quietness, seat comfort, fuel economy
LOWS: Unintuitive gear selector, controls require a learning curve
POWERTRAIN: 252-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine; 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
FUEL: 24 mpg
PRICE AS TESTED: $51,570

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the November 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.