2018 Audi SQ5
2018 Audi SQ5 pricingin Ashburn, VA
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
For 2018, the Audi SQ5 is fully redesigned, receiving many of the same technology, feature and interior upgrades as the regular Q5. But it's the SQ5's engine that continues to be this model's biggest separator from the Q5. Last year's supercharged V6 has been replaced by a new turbocharged V6, and it should make the SQ5 even more of a blast to drive. It has the same horsepower as the previous V6 but produces 23 more pound-feet of torque, and power delivery is lower in the rev range, which makes the SQ5 even punchier.The SQ5's new air suspension system is a nice upgrade and helps keep this hefty SUV flat in corners while providing a better ride quality on rough city pavement.
Daily driving in a SQ5 is better this year, too. The biggest issue with last year's model was that it was starting to feel dated, and the competition had left it behind in terms of technology. This new SQ5 fixes all of that. Just like the regular 2018 Q5, the SQ5 is packed with all of Audi's latest and greatest infotainment and safety tech. On top of all the new technology, the SQ5 gets a welcome improvement in rear-passenger legroom and an all-new cabin.
If you're shopping for a luxury crossover with the spirit of a Euro sport sedan, the new SQ5 is a great choice.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 Audi SQ5 comes in either Premium Plus or Prestige trim. This means every SQ5 comes very well-equipped. But there are still plenty of upgrades to be had in terms of luxury, technology and performance.
All versions of the SQ5 will get a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 good for 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers aren't a giant increase over the outgoing supercharged V6, but Audi says maximum torque is available much lower in the rev range. The SQ5 also comes with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Standard equipment highlights on the Premium Plus include 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, an adaptive suspension, a power liftgate, three-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, leather upholstery, a 7-inch touchscreen with Audi's MMI infotainment system, a 10-speaker sound system, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Low-speed collision warning and mitigation, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also standard safety features.
The SQ5 Prestige upgrades the SUV's technology with Audi's Virtual Cockpit gauge panel, a touchpad controller with handwriting recognition, a full-color head-up display, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, a 8.3-inch touchscreen interface, a navigation system, a top-down parking camera system and extra soundproofing.
You can get those technology features as options on the Premium Plus. Audi also offers the S Sport package, which includes an air suspension system with adaptive ride-height and driving modes, an upgraded rear sport differential, and a special display mode for the Virtual Cockpit display, which includes a boost gauge and lap timer. A Driver Assistance package bundles adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention, automatic high beams and speed limit info.
Other options include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, manual rear sunshades, ventilated front seats, rear side airbags, diamond-stitched leather upholstery, and 21-inch wheels with summer tires.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use4
Getting in/getting out4
Child safety seat accommodation3.5
Audio & navigation3.5
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2018 Audi SQ5 video
[MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: It's big on the inside and small on the outside. This is the Audi SQ5. The 2018 Audi SQ5 has to meet a lot of expectations. Because it's an Audi, it needs to be luxurious. Because it's a Q5, people are going to expect it to be a fun, small crossover. Because it's an S model, you're going to want performance. Today we're going to take it out and see if it meets all those expectations. The S in SQ5 means that it's the sporty version. And rather than a four cylinder like in the Q5, it has a six cylinder with a turbo. And it's an excellent engine, very smooth. It sounds good and has a ton of power on tap-- 354 horsepower-- and they bumped up the torque for 2018. It's more than 360. The three liter turbo in the Audi is backed by an 8 speed automatic transmission. That's the only option that you can get, but they work really well together. The transmission is great about keeping the turbo engine in its best powerband, no matter how quick you're going, which gives you a lot of power just right off throttle, especially if you're in some of the more dynamic driving modes. And it is excellent power. I mean, it's really a fast car. This is an all wheel drive vehicle, but it's a little bit rear weighted, meaning that it drives a little more like a rear wheel drive car which is nice. It gives it that performance feel of the back end kind of pushing the car forward. The SQ5 has a ton of different options for the driving modes. It has a normal driving mode, a comfort mode-- which I'm not a huge fan of. I feel like it's a little bit like a jelly filled marshmallow when you're in comfort. It's definitely soft, though. You don't feel any bumps in the road. And then it has two off road all road modes, which lifts the vehicle up and are for light off-roading. One mode that the Audi has that isn't a mode that you see all the time is called auto. And what that mode is supposed to do is adjust to your driving style. So if you're going slow or if the road's really bumpy, theoretically it would be more in a comfort mode. If you were on a curvy road and it could tell you were really kind of getting on it a little bit, it would tighten everything up. And it's supposed to do that automatically. I didn't notice it really responding to what I was doing, but it might need more dramatic inputs. I tend to be a pretty consistent driver, which is maybe always a little too fast if you ask my husband. There's a custom mode where you can go in and set what you like about the different modes. So say you like the marshmallow suspension but you want the steering to be tight-- I don't know why you would want that combination, but maybe you do-- you can do that. More likely is maybe you like the comfort mode, but you like the sound and the shifts of the dynamic mode. So you can go in and get that louder engine growl and a little bit tighter shifts. To talk about handling in SUVs is something that a few years ago probably none of us thought we would be doing. But now there's all these sort of compact SUVs and crossovers, which are really more like cars. So they're not huge. It's not unreasonable to expect them to handle more like a car, and some of them do. In particular, the SQ5 is an excellent handling machine. It really goes around the corners exactly where you want it to. It's very predictable. You can get it into a setting where you really don't feel any body roll. You have no idea that you're sitting up high. Every time that you choose a bigger car, you're taking on a responsibility. Everything about a larger car requires more distance, more time to get up to speed, more time to get down from speed, more time to make a turn. And this car gives you a lot of confidence that it is going to react exactly when you need it to so it's not going to take a long distance to stop if there's an emergency situation. The brakes are excellent, and in particular on the SQ5 the brakes are larger than on the Q5. From the inside of this car you might think that the outside was huge and that you'd have a lot of trouble turning it around, but it's actually got a very small exterior and a very tight turning radius. Bam. No problem. I feel like a lot of times I'll get into a vehicle expecting it to be huge inside, and it's small on the inside and large on the outside. And that's kind of a disappointment both in usefulness and also in driveability. This car is the opposite. It's like Mary Poppins' purse or something. It's really big in here, really roomy. You can fit a lot of stuff. I think the back seats are very comfortable. The cargo space isn't the most that you can get in this class, but it's certainly enough for me. It's a pleasant surprise to be having fun driving on a mountain road in an SUV. Normally in a truck, I'd be like, ah. Do I need to pull over? Is there someone behind me? Are they going too fast? Am I going too slow? After driving this, I would never be satisfied with the regular Q5. The SQ5 starts at about $55,000, and at that price I think you're getting a lot for the money. But you can add options and build it up really fast, and this exact car is $68,000, which, in my opinion, is a little bit more money than the car that you're getting. One of the selling points for the Q5 is the interior, and the SQ5 takes that to another level by adding even more great materials and also some sporty trim options. A lot of these are very customizable, so if you're not into carbon fiber there's wood options. There's brushed metal things. You can really make this car exactly how you want it to be. And one of the things that I thought about when I first got in this car was that it reminded me of high fashion accessories. There's a lot of different materials, and they all work together to give a general feeling of being much higher end and much more built to spec. Overall, I love the interior in this car. My only gripe would be a couple of spots on the door panel where I feel like it's a little inconsistent. For example, it's got this nice brushed metal here and the optional carbon fiber and the leather here, but right here, the door pull where you actually spend time touching the car is hard plastic. Nothing on it at all, and I think that's sort of a weird choice. The rest of the interior, though, is glorious, especially if you spend the extra money for the optional red pleated leather seats, which my husband said were like a low rider. But he meant that as a compliment. In the front you've got a ton of room. It's super comfortable. You'll never feel cramped. And the rear seats are very generous as well. You'd have to be extremely tall to have any complaints about them. I feel like SUVs of this size are kind of like starter family cars. You could absolutely have a baby. You could have a dog. You could take it out for date night when it's just the two of you. You could drive it as a daily to work and not feel especially wasteful, but it's not big enough to have a huge family, or if you're doing a whole lot of activities. The SQ5 has an optional digital dash, and that's something that a lot of people are very excited about right now. It's new technology. It's very impressive and flashy. It's also very expensive. That might be something that's worth it to you to have the map in here and to have it all be customizable. I think it's distracting. I'd rather be looking at the road and know that if I need something, it's all going to be in the center console. The other thing that happens with having the digital dash and all of the stuff that would normally come in the regular Q5, there's a lot of redundancy in the controls. You can get to the map on the steering wheel. You can get to the map here. You can get to the air conditioning from multiple places. And once you have it figured out, it's not the worst thing in the world. But it's easy to get confused and not remember how you got there in the first place. Standard in the SQ5 is the giant sunroof, which opens and really adds to the sense of space that you have in the car. It really brightens up the interior, even if you don't get the bright red seats. The pros of this car are the very fashionable interior and the huge amount of space that you have inside it compared to the exterior of the car. I really think that that's something where if you're going to be spending a lot of time in a car, you want the interior to be comfortable and you want to like the way it looks. Overall, I had a great time in this car. I think it stands out from the pack in terms of style, and it has a lot of fun to drive. It was able to do everything that I wanted, from quick driving to carrying stuff around for the weekend. And it was big enough to be comfortable but small enough to park easily no matter where I was going. For more videos like this, please subscribe. And make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. [MUSIC PLAYING]
Powering Up the Family SUV in the 2018 Audi SQ5
Edmunds special correspondent Elana Scherr reviews the 2018 Audi SQ5 3.0T Quattro Tiptronic. The Audi Q5 is a popular luxury SUV that has received high marks from our test team. The SQ5 hopes to mirror the accomplishments of the base Q5 but bump up the fun and style quotient with more power, more control and stand-out exterior detailing. Is it worth the bump in price? We find out.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite SQ5 safety features:
- Pre Sense City
- Warns you when it detects the risk of an imminent crash. Can automatically apply the brakes at speeds under 52 mph.
- Side Assist
- Monitors brakes, accelerates and provides steering guidance automatically when in traffic between zero and 40 mph.
- Rear Side Airbags
- Deploys torso-protecting airbags from the outboard rear seats in case of a side-impact collision. Optional on the SQ5.
2018 Audi SQ5 for Sale
Audi has fully redesigned its hopped-up SUV, the 2018 SQ5. With an all-new chassis, body, interior and turbocharged engine, the SQ5 looks to regain its edge in the small sport-focused luxury crossover SUV market.
The previous-generation SQ5 had been starting to show its age, especially in terms of the vehicle's in-car technology. It was the last vehicle in Audi's lineup to still retain proprietary plugs in place of USB ports. Thankfully, the 2018 SQ5 receives a complete upgrade. A 7-inch touchscreen system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay comes standard, with an optional 19-speaker sound system and an 8.3-inch touchscreen available as an optional upgrade.
Also available is Audi's Virtual Cockpit system, which replaces the traditional gauge cluster with a digital display screen that can be reconfigured to display information in a number of ways. A number of other technologies are either standard or optional, such as a full-color head-up display. blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and low-speed forward collision mitigation.
For 2018, the SQ5 can also be had with an optional adaptive air suspension. This system promises to improve ride quality as well as performance. On the road, the air suspension will allow the SQ5 to ride lower and to corner flatter. Driver selectable modes will allow for switching between comfort- and performance-oriented suspension settings on the fly. The height can also be adjusted with a lift mode, which raises the SQ5 for better clearance.
Audi's S cars have always been set apart by their engines, and for 2018, the SQ5 makes the jump from supercharging to turbocharging. While horsepower numbers remain the same, torque increases slightly. More importantly, full torque is available much sooner, and through most of the rev range. This should make the new SQ5 feel much punchier and livelier.
There's no shortage of choice in the sporty luxury SUV market, but Audi has always been known for providing understated luxury and exciting performance in a single, appealing package. The new SQ5 should be a compelling choice. Use Edmunds to help you find the perfect one.
2018 Audi SQ5 Overview
The 2018 Audi SQ5 is offered in the following submodels: SQ5 SUV. Available styles include 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 Audi SQ5?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Audi SQ5 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 SQ5 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 SQ5.
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Audi SQ5?
2018 Audi SQ5 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2018 Audi SQ5 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $62,475. The average price paid for a new 2018 Audi SQ5 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $5,151 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $5,151 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$57,324.
The average savings for the 2018 Audi SQ5 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is8.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 Audi SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2018 Audi SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $60,575. The average price paid for a new 2018 Audi SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $4,707 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $4,707 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$55,868.
The average savings for the 2018 Audi SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is7.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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