The Audi SQ5 — an amped-up version of the Q5 compact SUV — zooms into 2017 with plenty of speed and stylish good looks. But as this model nears the end of its cycle before being replaced by a updated version, it comes up a little light on modern technology.
On its debut in 2014, the SQ5 was the first high-performance compact luxury crossover SUV, and it's still as fast and handsome now as then. A new Black Optic Plus package with blacked-out trim pieces makes this year's SQ5 look even better.
The SQ5 uses an uprated version of the regular Q5's supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, producing 354 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard equipment. In Edmunds performance testing, the SQ5 roared to 60 mph in just 5.0 seconds, compared to 5.8 seconds for the lesser Q5.
Although the engine and transmission are among the best in class, we've found the SQ5's steering feels slightly artificial and creates a disconnect from the car's actions. That's disappointing in a car meant for high-performance handling, especially since a sport-tuned suspension and sport tires provide ample grip and stability, with little of the body roll typical of crossovers.
That sticky tire rubber and controlled suspension movement aid the SQ5's braking ability, however, which can bring the car to a stop from 60 mph in just 103 feet, a result on par with serious performance cars. Be aware, though, that this taut suspension delivers a correspondingly stiff ride. If you're looking for comfort in your crossover, you may prefer the regular Q5.
The entry-level Premium Plus trim level is lavishly equipped with most of the expected amenities in the luxury car segment, while the Prestige level adds a few extras.
Inside, the SQ5's cabin is as opulent as ever, and the rear seat has plenty of space to carry two passengers in comfort thanks to ample legroom and reclining seats that slide fore and aft. So it's somewhat baffling to learn that the SQ5 lacks some basic modern technologies such as USB ports for mobile devices. And the small central infotainment display is two generations behind Audi's latest wide-screen, high-definition systems found in the A4, TT and Q7. These will no doubt be among the first remedies of the next-generation model, likely due in 2018.
The SQ5 gets an EPA-rated 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway, a respectable result for a supercharged, 354-horsepower engine. Edmunds recorded about 21 mpg on our regular 116-mile driving route.
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2017 Audi SQ5 Overview
The 2017 Audi SQ5 is offered in the following submodels: 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). SQ5 models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 SQ5 comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 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.
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Vehicle 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A)
Review This will surprise you. Forget the BMW X3 and Mercedes GLC. The only real competitor to the SQ5 is the Macan S. If you've had fun in your previous car, expect twice as much in the SQ5. The supercharged engine is far superior to any turbo. The power is instant and gratifying, complemented with the best engine tune in class. The transmission is composed and civilized in traffic and fast during spirited driving. The SQ5 beats its competitors hands down on gratification. If you like a softer ride, go with the 20" wheels on the SQ5 or a Macan with air suspension. The X3 and GLC suspension can also be dialed down into comfort but those two will never escape their mommy wagon stigma. The other area where the SQ5 outshines all its competitors is practicality: much more interior space than the Macan, much bigger windows than the Merc and BMW, much better sound insulation (laminated windows standard) and much better access through rear doors than the Macan. The flat-bottom steering wheel is great for getting in and out, especially for bigger people. The SQ5 is not perfect: its only USB port is located in the passenger glove box and its adaptive cruise control does not go all the way to stop. But it stands for Stealth Wealth - people who want to drive the best without spilling the beans. I still can't believe the sleeper status of this car. If you can find one, get one with optional diamond stitching inside! This car looks best in Daytona Gray and Sepang Blue.
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2017 audi sq5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 19 combined MPG 17 city MPG/24 highway MPG
2017 audi sq5 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl S/C 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 19 combined MPG 17 city MPG/24 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 Audi SQ5?
Available Audi SQ5 2017 Submodel Types: SUV
Available Audi SQ5 2017 Trims: 3.0T Premium Plus quattro, 3.0T Prestige quattro
Exterior Colors: Mythos Black Metallic, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Brilliant Black, Florett Silver Metallic, Phantom Black Pearl Effect, Ibis White, Matador Red Metallic, Monsoon Gray Metallic, Navarra Blue Metallic, Sepang Blue Pearl Effect
Interior Colors: Black leatherette/sueded microfiber, Black leather/sueded microfiber, Rotor Gray leatherette/sueded microfiber, Black Fine Nappa premium leather, Lunar Silver/Black leather/sueded microfiber
Popular Features: AWD/4WD, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Bluetooth, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Heated seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, Upgraded Headlights, Keyless Entry/Start, Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, Navigation, Parking sensors, Mobile Internet, Upgraded Stereo, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Pre-collision safety system, Leather Seats, Back-up camera, 360-degree camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, Heads up display, 3500lb Towing Capacity, Towing Hitch, Cooled Seats
Engine/Mechanics: 6 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive
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