What's New for 2014
The 2014 Audi SQ5 is an all-new model.
The Audi SQ5 isn't new elsewhere in the world, but for 2014, the hopped-up compact crossover makes its U.S. debut. As is the case with Audi's S4 and S5 models, the SQ5 gets a supercharged 3.0-liter V6, and here it generates 354 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. That power is put to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. That's healthy power for a small SUV, good enough to cover zero to 60 mph in a claimed 5.3 seconds, which is a half-second quicker than the standard Q5.
The SQ5 also comes with a performance-tuned suspension, standard 20-inch and optional 21-inch wheels, an optional dynamic steering system, xenon headlights, leather and faux-suede upholstery and signature S trim elements throughout the cabin. A navigation system with the latest MMI system is optional, as is the Bluetooth-tethered WiFi connection. Folding the rear seats yields 57 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a little below average for this segment.
The Q5's success story makes the SQ5 a natural extension of the lineup. Don't be surprised if other automakers begin offering performance models of bread-and butter crossovers once the 2014 Audi SQ5 arrives this fall. Check back for a full review, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.