Kelley Blue Book Names Audi A5, Q5 Among Best Buy Award Winners

The 2018 Audi A5 Sportback took honors for Best Buy among luxury cars while the Q5 won for luxury SUVs and crossovers

byDave Bartosiak|
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Kelley Blue Book is the trusted automotive authority that tells us our trade-ins are worth thousands of dollars less than we’d hoped. It is a leading provider of new and used vehicle information. Every year it names the Best Buy in various categories. This year, the 2018 Audi A5 Sportback took the honors for Best Buy among luxury cars while the Q5 won for Best Buy among luxury SUVs and crossovers.

The A5 was praised for its sleek styling, overall utility, and roomier feel. The sport back features a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine paired to an all-new 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. Its sporty look on the outside covers up a spacious interior with room for five. If you’re looking for more room for your trip to Ikea, the back seats fold down, offering up 35 cubic feet of storage. Audiophiles can spring for the Bang & Olufsen sound system. A standard panoramic sunroof adds to the roomy feeling of the cabin.

As for the Q5, the editors at loved the refined driving experience and exterior design. They also raved about the tech-friendly cabin. They even named the Q5 the Kelley Blue Book Best Auto Tech Award winner in the luxury category.

The Q5 also comes equipped with the same 2.0-liter engine and transmission as the A5. Some of the tech included the Audi virtual cockpit, MMI touch with handwriting-recognition and newly available in-car Audi connect infotainment. There’s also advanced driver assist technology available including Audi pre sense basic and city, and Audi adaptive cruise control.

2018 Audi Q5 , Audi

Speaking on the awards Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America, said, “Audi is committed to producing vehicles that offer industry-leading technologies, refined design and efficient, yet powerful performance, and that provide an overall excellent value to our customers. Having both the A5 Sportback and Q5 be recognized with a Best Buy Award is a further testament to that commitment.”

The Best Buy Awards are meant to recognize the top new-model-year vehicle choices available in the U.S. market. Each year a ten-person editorial staff collectively drives and reviews nearly every new vehicle coming out that year. After a year of rigorous testing and review, the panel comes up with their choices.