Used 2016 Audi SQ5

2016 Audi SQ5
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2016 Audi SQ5


  • Quicker acceleration than virtually everything else in the segment
  • well-made interior with sporty flourishes
  • strong brakes
  • sliding rear seat provides extra versatility
  • top-notch handling for a crossover.


  • Electronics controls aren't as advanced as those in rivals or even some newer Audis
  • Bluetooth audio and a rearview camera aren't standard
  • no USB connectivity
  • no advanced accident avoidance technology is available
  • artificial steering feel.
Audi SQ5 years

Used 2016 Audi SQ5 for Sale

Audi SQ5 2016 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
47,212 miles
Used 2016
Audi SQ5
3.0T Premium Plus quattro
Est.Loan: $705/mo
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$300 Below Market
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Audi SQ5 2016 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
21,954 miles
Used 2016
Audi SQ5
3.0T Premium Plus quattro
Est.Loan: $734/mo
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Audi SQ5 2016 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
29,521 miles
Certified Used 2016
Audi SQ5
3.0T Premium Plus quattro
Audi Frederick
25.6 mi away
Est.Loan: $755/mo
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Edmunds' Expert Review

If you're looking for maximum performance from a compact luxury SUV, the 2016 Audi SQ5 likely delivers the spicier driving experience you're seeking. Read on to see how much fun you can have behind the wheel of this supercharged compact luxury SUV.

vehicle overview

Compact luxury crossovers are exploding in popularity, but if you want a high-performance version, there are still only a few options. Standing tall among them is the 2016 Audi SQ5. Although this hopped-up model utilizes the same basic supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine as the mainstream Q5 3.0T, it boasts about 30 percent more horsepower. The SQ5 also gains sportier suspension tuning, stronger brakes, subtle exterior styling enhancements and cool interior touches like sport seats, gray-faced gauges and newly available diamond-stitched leather surfaces.

The bigger wheels, silver mirrors and special badging are key differentiators between the SQ5 and the regular Q5.

Beyond that, you're largely looking at the same pros and cons as the regular Q5. The rear seat is pretty roomy as compact crossovers go, but maximum cargo capacity is less than the compact-crossover norm. Also, the SQ5's technology offerings, just like the Q5's, are a bit behind the curve. Bluetooth audio, for example, isn't standard on the base Premium Plus trim. Moreover, while Audi has started to add USB connectivity to its newer models, the aging Q5 family makes do with the company's old proprietary music interface, which just isn't as versatile.

If you want slightly superior performance and technology that's fully up to date, the Porsche Macan checks both boxes, though its humble cargo capacity makes the SQ5 seem commodious. Another option would be the BMW X3 in xDrive35i trim fitted with the vehicle's optional Dynamic Handling package. So equipped, it delivers engaging dynamics and more cargo space but marginally less straight-line speed. Now, there are going to be additional choices from Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz next year, but for now, the 2016 Audi SQ5 remains arguably the best all-around choice in this high-performance niche.

The One To Buy

We would recommend the SQ5 Premium Plus with the optional Technology package. It adds items that should really be standard (rearview camera and Bluetooth audio) along with things that most shoppers will appreciate (blind-spot warning, the Bang & Olufsen sound system and the better MMI system that comes with navigation).

Trim levels & features

The 2016 Audi SQ5 is a compact luxury crossover offered in two trim levels: Premium Plus and Prestige.

Standard equipment on the Premium Plus includes 20-inch alloy wheels with summer tires, high-performance brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, automatic xenon headlights with washers, LED running lights and taillights, S-specific body trim (including the signature metal-look mirror housings), aluminum roof rails, heated/auto-dimming/power-folding mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic sunroof, a rear roof spoiler, a power liftgate and quad exhaust tips.

There's also keyless entry and ignition, heated eight-way power front sport seats (with four-way lumbar adjustment), a flat-bottom tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with shift paddles, leather and simulated suede upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, adjustable drive settings (covering throttle response, transmission programming and steering assist), a sliding and reclining 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth phone connectivity, the base Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system with a dash-mounted controller and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio, a CD player, an SD-card slot, an auxiliary audio jack and Audi's proprietary digital music interface.

The optional Technology package adds front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, a blind-spot monitor, a color driver information display, voice controls, Bluetooth audio connectivity, HD radio, Audi Connect online services (with mobile WiFi capability), a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system and an upgraded version of MMI with a navigation system, integrated Google services and a more ergonomic MMI controller that's mounted on the center console.

The Prestige adds the Technology package as standard, and it also boasts adaptive headlights, a heated and cooled cupholder and rear door sunshades. The Prestige is additionally eligible for the Driver Assist package, which adds adaptive cruise control and variable-ratio steering.

Optional on both models is the Luxury package, which adds extended premium leather upholstery and ventilated front seats, and the Black Optic package, which gets you gloss-black exterior trim, body-color mirrors and matte-black roof rails. Other options include 21-inch wheels, red brake calipers, diamond-stitched leather upholstery and rear side airbags.

Quad tailpipes are special to the SQ5, but are tastefully applied, maintaining the Q5's handsome look.

2016 Highlights

For 2016, the Audi SQ5 is unchanged aside from a few new options, including red brake calipers and diamond-stitched upholstery.

Performance & mpg

The 2016 Audi SQ5 is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine rated at 354 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard. In Edmunds performance testing, the SQ5 hustled from zero to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds. For context, the Q5 3.0T took 5.8 seconds with its less powerful version of the same engine, though a Macan Turbo can go from zero to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the SQ5 is 19 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway). On Edmunds' diverse 120-mile evaluation loop, we averaged about 21 mpg.


Standard safety equipment for the Audi SQ5 includes antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.Rear side airbags are optional on both trim levels. The Technology package (optional on Premium Plus, standard on Prestige) adds a blind-spot monitor, front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. The Driver Assist package (Prestige only) adds adaptive cruise control.

In Edmunds brake testing, the SQ5 stopped from 60 mph in an astounding 103 feet, putting it on par with some very capable performance cars.

In government crash tests, the SQ5 earned four out of five stars for overall crash protection, with four stars for total frontal-impact safety and five stars for total side-impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given the standard Q5 its highest rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests. The Q5's seat and head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.


The SQ5's supercharged V6 engine is just a pumped-up variant of the regular Q5 3.0T's V6, but it's hard to dismiss the results. By the numbers, it cranks out an extra 82 hp and 51 lb-ft of torque, and that's a difference you'll feel every time you plant your right foot. The SQ5 moves out with a unique sense of urgency, lunging ahead like a finely tuned sports car. The substantially cheaper Q5 3.0T is a quick crossover in its own right, but its acceleration just isn't in the same league.

Not many crossovers inspire you to take the long and twisty route, but the SQ5 constantly entices with its sport-tuned suspension and performance tires. There's ample grip and stability, with little of the body roll that crossovers generally exhibit. The SQ5's main dynamic drawback is its steering, which feels artificial and provides little feedback or communication to the driver; it's the kind of thing you can forgive on the regular Q5, but on the high-performance version, it's a little disappointing. As for ride quality, typical Q5 customers will probably find it overly firm, but if you're drawn to the elevated performance of Audi's S lineup, the slight drop in comfort is well within the realm of acceptability.


The SQ5 has all the classy cabin elements you expect from Audi, along with sport-themed additions like a flat-bottom steering wheel with shift paddles, simulated suede trim and an exquisite leather/aluminum shift knob. You'll also find aluminum pedals, plenty of "SQ5" badges and the S lineup's trademark gray instrument faces, plus exclusive options like diamond-stitched premium leather upholstery and trim. It's a well-executed makeover of what was already a very nice interior.

Less impressive is the SQ5's standard MMI system, which borrows its dash-mounted controller from the base Q5. The controller and its associated buttons may require an uncomfortable reach from the driver seat, whereas navigation-equipped models get an upgraded MMI system with a convenient console-mounted controller knob that's easier to use. The fancier system also includes Bluetooth audio, which remarkably isn't standard on the Premium Plus trim, and the more useful upgraded MMI system with a joystick on the knob for enhanced control. Alas, no SQ5 is equipped with a USB port, so if you want to plug in your phone or music player, you're stuck with Audi's outdated proprietary music interface (or the basic auxiliary audio jack).

Although the Q5 is considered a compact crossover, it has plenty of room for four good-sized adults. The front sport seats provide excellent support and adjustability, while the rear seats offer respectable legroom as well as slide-and-recline functionality. Cargo space suffers, however, topping out at 57.3 cubic feet with the rear seatbacks folded, a low number compared to many other compact crossovers (though the Porsche Macan is even worse off ).

The SQ5's acceleration is currently bested only by the considerably more expensive Porsche Macan Turbo.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2016 Audi SQ5.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

What a sleeper of a CUV! This vehicle scoots!
I love my SQ5! I really thought I wanted the Porsche Macan S, which similarly configured would have cost me about $2 grand more. It had a better interior, certainly more head turning appeal and better steering. The practical side of me thought the Audi will net fewer tickets if for no other reason than the police wouldn’t get as big of a thrill writing a ticket on an Audi. Besides, this is my daily driver and bottom line was the best “practical” choice of the two. Now the pros/cons: The good – Wow! What a fun driving experience! It sits up high and accelerates like an S4/S6, even besting the hp output. I can’t say enough about how much fun this vehicle is to drive! It stops quickly and has a solid feeling stance as it hugs the road. The WiFi and Google maps round out a very nice technology package (I will always want Google Maps from here on in every vehicle). So the bad: no USB ports (really!?!) and a small 7.5” screen in a car today seems tiny. Rounding out my dislikes is storage space is not great and the steering, although tight is not what I would expect from a German-made premium vehicle. The overall sporty drive, understated classy looks, ride comfort and technology make this one of my favorite cars to own. I look for reasons to run out for something just to drive it! Lastly, golf clubs will fit fore to aft if you slide the rear seats forward a couple inches.
Debadged sleeper
Can be driven quiet, smooth and refined or turn up the performance and still keep the smooth and refined ride but with an amazing soundtrack. So much more fun than a Macan, save the $$, express some individuality and retain some credibility. It's the thinkers' choice. Now 2 years later and still very pleased, has the same, if not better, well proven real life performance as a Macan Turbo or AMG GLC without the obvious overtones or questionable Korean Car Show looks.
Super sporty for a truck
German Affactianado,12/09/2015
Legacy of many sports cars here with a small collection, but first sport SUV. Traded a 2013 335i sport line which was an amazing car. Acceleration is less in SQ5 than the Bimmer, but everything else is extremely comparable. Handling tightly the curvy NC mountain roads, crushing light to light performance on the straight roads of Florida, limo like feel for the date nights with my wife, and of course Quattro safety. Cannot say enough great things. My wife is a hard sell on my sports car addiction, but this car is now her daily driver passing by our corvettes, BMW M4, and others including a Hummer that she calls "too slow" (and it is). Accolades to Audi. We keep coming back, and have had A6 4.2, S4 Cabrio, but this is our best Audi yet.
SQ5 Dream machine
Roy Hilton,08/02/2016
First of all Edmunds price promise was great.All dealers gave different discounts so we just picked the best one that had the SQ5 with all the options we wanted. Only had the car 2 weeks but just completed a trip to Canada and it is just a pleasure to drive. I've had other sports cars before and we just traded a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee for the Audi. No Comparison. Besides the original price the Audi is in another league. Hopefully I'll be saying the same in a few years.
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Features & Specs

17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
354 hp @ 6000 rpm
17 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
354 hp @ 6000 rpm
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NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover15.1%

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Used 2016 Audi SQ5 Overview

The Used 2016 Audi SQ5 is offered in the following submodels: SQ5 SUV. Available styles include 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), and 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A).

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Save up to $300 on one of 3 Used 2016 Audi SQ5 for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $38,750 as of10/20/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from3.7 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2016 Audi SQ5 trim styles:

  • The Used 2016 Audi SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro is priced between $38,750 and$41,499 with odometer readings between 21954 and47212 miles.

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