The top tier mid-size performance SUV, the new SQ5 is available to order, with two trims to choose from, the SQ5 and SQ5 Vorsprung.
The New Audi SQ5 offers a sophisticated ambience, with fine Nappa leather upholstery and brushed aluminium inlays.
Choose from an overall black, dark grey or red finish, each of which include S embossed electrically adjustable sport seats that offer a massage function, n as well as contrasted stitching on the steering wheel and seat edges.
Special features of this fantastic SUV include a 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit, with three graphic layouts, and the new 10.1-inch MMI touch display, which accept commands through the steering wheel and advanced voice control.
In SQ5 TDI Vorsprung models, there is also the addition of a head-up display, Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System, a panoramic glass sunroof and electric steering wheel adjustment.
The remodelled Audi SQ5 exterior design details includes octagonal Singleframe honeycomb grille and aluminium finish vertical fins provide structure to the large side air inlets on the front bumpers
The headlights of the Audi SQ5 TDI feature Matrix LED headlights, with automatic high beam, and the dynamic indicators at the front and rear send unmistakable signals.
The SQ5 TDI Vorsprung includes digital OLED technology, as standard, in its rear lights, with a proximity detection function that activates if a road user approaches the rear of a stationary SQ5 within a two-metre distance. The OLED lighting technology is also available as an option for SQ5 TDI models.
The SQ5 TDI delivers impressive performance as efficiently as possible so that the mighty V6 Engine is able to go from rest to 62mph in an impressive 5.1 seconds, delivering 341PS and 700 Nm of torque.
The SQ5 is helped by a compact electric motor, which uses the 48-volt mild hybrid system (MHEV) which accelerates the compressor wheel of the EPC to 65,000 rpm in roughly 300 milliseconds.
When the car decelerates, the MHEV system can recover up to 8 kW of power and has the potential to reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres for every 62 miles driven.
Just like all other Audi S models, the new SQ5 TDI features quattro permanent all-wheel drive as standard.
The new Audi SQ5 TDI Vorsprung offers many driver assistance systems, fitted as standard. The Tour Pack, for example, integrates an adaptive cruise assist system and predictive efficiency assist that works with the objective of lowering fuel consumption, plus turn assist and collision avoidance assist functions.
What’s new in the latest Audi SQ5?
The Audi SQ5 was the first diesel-powered Audi to have an S-badge, so it had to be something special.
With oil-burners currently being given rather a bad reputation this latest SQ5 comes as a petrol only – though it’s likely that a diesel will be quietly introduced later on.
Under the bonnet sits a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol churning out 349bhp and an impressive 500Nm of torque. There’s no doubting it has performance on its side, as well good looks and plenty of badge appeal.
Where the old SQ5 triumphed was its ability to provide a perfect compromise between performance and everyday usability, and thank goodness, this latest car has pulled off the same trick.
What does the Audi SQ5 look like?
The SQ5 looks neatly refreshed, rather than completely re-styled. It benefits from LED running lights up front, sat either side of a chrome grille which is more prominent than ever.
The satin silver wing mirrors remain as a trademark ‘S’ car style cue, and I like the overall effect of understated performance.
When you move to the back of the car, there is something that Audi need to address. Look closely and, rather than finding four individual exhaust pipes, you’ll see four blanked-off plastic panels – not really the performance touches that you’d like to see.
How practical is the Audi SQ5?
The SQ5’s performance makes no impact on the standard Q5’s size and so it retains an impressively spacious interior. There’s plenty of room for both front passenger and driver, while those in the rear get a good amount of leg and headroom.
Boot space sits at 610 litres, rising to 1,550 litres with the rear seats folded down. This is around the average mark for the segment, with the Mercedes GLC offering 610 litres of seats-up luggage room, rising to 1,600 litres with them set flat. It’s a great car if you’re looking for plenty of practicality but within a relatively compact-sized car.
What’s the Audi SQ5 like to drive?
From the moment you step into the Audi SQ5, you’re aware that it’s set up slightly differently to a standard SUV. The flat-bottomed sports steering wheel with paddle shifters feels more purposeful, while the throaty grumble emitted once you press the red starter button ensures that you don’t mistake the engine under the bonnet for your standard 2.0-litre diesel.
The car’s performance is impressive. Upon heavy acceleration, there’s a good amount of shove, with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system ensuring there’s no wheel spin, no matter what the conditions.
Surprisingly, the ride is also very good in spite of the 21-inch alloy wheels. Of course, around town it feels rather firm, but the by-product of this setup is there’s very little body roll. It means you can corner flatly and without fuss, even at higher speeds.
Is the Audi SQ5 value for money?
Prices for the SQ5 start at £49,715. However, our car, fitted with options such as a sports differential, 21-inch alloy wheels and adaptive cruise control came in at £60,285. There’s no pretending that the SQ5 is a cheap car; however, its all-round usability and effortless performance makes it a great everyday SUV, and one that’s ideal for those who want plenty of practicality backed up with a sports car drive.
Is the Audi SQ5 for me?
It looks relatively understated, is great to drive and yet still has space for the family to travel in comfort. So, the SQ5 is ideal for the Mum or Dad who doesn’t want to feel staid and stuffy, but prefers to stay fun, yet supremely practical. It’s also quick enough to give an everyday sports car a run for its money, while offering all the build quality you could want from an Audi product.
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