2021 Audi SQ5

MSRP range: $52,900 - $62,500
4.5 out of 5 stars(2)
MSRP$58,395
Edmunds suggests you pay$59,062
Low supply is pushing the market average above MSRP.

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2021 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

NOTE: This video is about the 2018 Audi SQ5, but since the 2021 Audi SQ5 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


FAQ

Is the Audi SQ5 a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 SQ5 both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Audi SQ5 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the SQ5 gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the SQ5 ranges from 25.6 to 25.8 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Audi SQ5. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Audi SQ5?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Audi SQ5:

  • The SQ5 receives a styling refresh for 2021
  • Updated infotainment system
  • Wireless smartphone integration and integrated toll-road payment system debut
  • Part of the second Q5 generation introduced for 2018
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Is the Audi SQ5 reliable?

To determine whether the Audi SQ5 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the SQ5. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the SQ5's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Audi SQ5 a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Audi SQ5 is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 SQ5 is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Audi SQ5?

The least-expensive 2021 Audi SQ5 is the 2021 Audi SQ5 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $52,900.

Other versions include:

  • Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $52,900
  • Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $57,300
  • Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $62,500
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What are the different models of Audi SQ5?

If you're interested in the Audi SQ5, the next question is, which SQ5 model is right for you? SQ5 variants include Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of SQ5 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Audi SQ5 Overview

The 2021 Audi SQ5 is offered in the following submodels: SQ5 SUV. Available styles include Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Audi SQ5 models are available with a 3.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 349 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Audi SQ5 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 Audi SQ5 comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Audi SQ5?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Audi SQ5 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 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 2021 SQ5.

Pros

  • Impressively comfortable ride for a sport-tuned SUV
  • Generous space for passengers
  • Luxurious but restrained interior design
  • Nimble handling

Cons

  • Lower power output than some rivals

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Audi SQ5 and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 SQ5 featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2021 Audi SQ5?

2021 Audi SQ5 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

2021 Audi SQ5 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

2021 Audi SQ5 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

Which 2021 Audi SQ5s are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Audi SQ5?

2021 Audi SQ5 Premium 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
20 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/24 highway MPG

2021 Audi SQ5 Premium Plus 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
20 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/24 highway MPG

2021 Audi SQ5 Prestige 4dr SUV AWD w/TFSI (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
20 compined MPG,
18 city MPG/24 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG20
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainall wheel drive
Displacement3.0 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase111.0 in.
Length184.3 in.
WidthN/A
Height65.5 in.
Curb Weight4288 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Audi SQ5?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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