This performance SUV also delivers breath-taking power, harnessed with exceptional agility and handling. Driving dynamics can be enhanced further thanks to our optional equipment such as quattro with Sport differential or ‘S’ adaptive air suspension that ensures outstanding comfort on even the most unpredictable of road surfaces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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