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.
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Vehicle 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Review Ive owned alot of cars since the late 70's, mostly BMW and Porsche. Ive owned 5 M3's, 2 M5's, 4 911's and more recently X5's, a Cayenne and even an X3M. Then I bought a 2012 Audi A8L and fell in love with the brand. Bought wife an Audi allroad and wanted something a little sportier. Wen to the dealer intending to look at the S4/S6/7 line and was considering the S5 sportback. All of the aforementioned is only for context. Im an older guy who appreciates performance and yet I have a perspective of how much performance a person can actually use on the street. I also enjoy a modicum of practicality and so many new cars today offer both that could only be dreamed of 10 or 15 years ago. The SQ5 is without a doubt the best balance of both comfort and performance I have encountered to date in an easy to live with package. Simply amazing the choices we consumers enjoy today. I considered a Macan but the usual Porsche buying experience is a turnoff. Additionally, my local Audi dealer was terrific to deal with and frankly, the SQ5 technology embarrases the Macan as well as the driving dynamics of the 2018 SQ5 feel far superior to the older platform that underpins the Macan. You can't go wrong with the SQ5 and be sure to get the virtual cockpit option.
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What options are available on the 2018 Audi SQ5?
Available Audi SQ5 2018 Submodel Types: SUV
Available Trims: 3.0T Premium Plus quattro, 3.0T Prestige quattro
Exterior Colors: Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Brilliant Black, Ibis White, Navarra Blue Metallic, Florett Silver Metallic, Estoril Blue Crystal Effect, Matador Red Metallic, Monsoon Gray Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Sepang Blue Pearl Effect, Glacier White Metallic
Interior Colors: Black leatherette/sueded microfiber, Black leather/sueded microfiber, Black Fine Nappa premium leather, Rotor Gray leatherette/sueded microfiber, Black/Magma Red 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, Blind Spot Monitoring, Keyless Entry/Start, Automatic Emergency Braking, Parking sensors, Mobile Internet, Navigation, Upgraded Stereo, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Leather Seats, Pre-collision safety system, Back-up camera, 3500lb Towing Capacity, 360-degree camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, Heads up display, Cooled Seats, Towing Hitch
Engine/Mechanics: 6 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive
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