2018 Audi SQ5 SUV

2018 Audi SQ5
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  • Impressively comfortable ride for a sport-tuned SUV
  • Generous amount of space for passengers
  • Luxurious but restrained interior design
  • Nimble handling


  • Smartphone integration isn't the best
Audi SQ5 years

Which SQ5 does Edmunds recommend?

You could very well be happy with the base Premium Plus trim. It comes equipped with features such as leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, an adaptive suspension, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and blind-spot monitoring. But if you want the optional Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster display and upgraded infotainment, we say just go for the SQ5 Prestige. It comes with the tech extras as standard plus a few extra desirables.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

4.0 / 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 Last year's supercharged V6 has been replaced by a new turbocharged V6, and it should make the SQ5 even more of a blast to drive.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.

2018 Audi SQ5 configurations

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.

Trim tested

The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Audi SQ5 (turbo 3.0L V6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).


The turbo V6 is a touch slower than its competition, but it and the eight-speed automatic are so smooth and satisfying that you probably won't care. Stopping power is exemplary, and the braking system feels confident in emergencies. This is a capable and enjoyable machine.


With 354 horsepower, the SQ5's turbocharged V6 generates gratifying acceleration, including 0-60 mph performance of 5.3 seconds. That test result is quick but slightly slower than more powerful competitors. You'd only notice that difference on a test track, not in the real world.


Powerful brakes and summer tires make for confident behavior during simulated emergency stops. The ABS emits a fair amount of noise that might make an actual emergency more stressful for a novice driver, but the stopping power is there. Around town, the brakes are predictable and easy to modulate.


The flat-bottom wheel has comfortable grips and lots of assistance in the Comfort setting, which makes for easy quick steering inputs for when, say, you're in a small parking lot. We prefer the feel and precision that comes from the reduced assistance in the Dynamic mode. So both modes have merit.


True to the S part of its name, the SQ5 is nimble and enjoyable, offering welcome agility and control. Its summer tires deliver more handling potential than you'd need for a public road, and its stability control is less intrusive than the Q5's. These attributes make evasive maneuvers easier, too.


The SQ5 does an admirable job balancing sporty and luxury attributes. Its largely lag-free power delivery and smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic make for effortless cruising or passing, if needed. The stop-start system adds a slight hesitation off the line, but it can be disabled.


You'll find off-road and Allroad drive settings (one for speeds below 20 mph, the other above), hill descent control, and the ability to increase ride height if you've chosen the optional air suspension. The SQ5 is intended mostly for the occasional unpaved road and nothing more serious.


The interior delivers on the comfort you'd expect not just from a luxury SUV, but from an Audi. The supportive seats and quiet ride mean you can drive all day, and the optional adaptive air suspension delivers impressive ride control in spite of the available large-diameter wheels.

Seat comfort

The seats are as supportive as they are attractive, providing welcome comfort for all-day driving. The side bolsters help keep you in place during cornering but aren't intrusive during the commute. Plenty of adjustments, including four-way lumbar, ensure all occupants can find their ideal position.

Ride comfort

Despite the sporty intentions and massive 21-inch wheels, the SQ5 makes no sacrifice when it comes to ride quality. The optional adaptive air suspension takes the credit. It's firm and taut when you're in the Dynamic setting, but it's soft and compliant for normal driving. An excellent balance.

Noise & vibration

The SQ5 does an admirable job of only letting in the important sounds. You don't hear much in the way of wind, tire or road noise. You can adjust the loudness of the engine, which in its most dynamic setting adds a low-rpm thrum under moderate acceleration and the occasional pop from the exhaust.

Climate control

The system is quiet yet powerful, and you don't need to make adjustments as you drive along. The vents are easy to adjust and provide good coverage. Unfortunately heated and ventilated seats are separate options. Welcome features such as a heated steering wheel and rear window shades are included.


The SQ5 earns high marks for interior functionality, making it a solid workhorse for a family — and a sharp-dressed one at that. The minimalist design is easy to understand, the space is plentiful and easy to access for front and rear passengers, and the outward visibility is excellent.

Ease of use

The cabin layout and primary physical controls make sense. You don't have to hunt around to accomplish basic tasks. One potential annoyance is how the shifter requires you to press a button to enter Park, and not push forward like most transmissions. It's something you learn after a few drives.

Getting in/getting out

The tall door openings make for good head clearance, while their short length means they don't need to swing out wide in parking lots. Opting for the adaptive air suspension lowers the ride even farther (by 1.2 inches), reducing the step that occupants need to make to access the interior.

Driving position

A wide range of seat and steering wheel adjustments make it easy for drivers of most widths and heights to find their ideal setting. The steering wheel doesn't obstruct the gauge cluster, and though the pedals are not adjustable, most drivers won't need to compromise their arm and leg positions.


The interior sports generous interior measurements that make this SUV seem roomier than its compact designation. Front passengers have plenty of space, and the rear seats offer generous legroom. The width of the back seat will accommodate three larger adults, but they might complain.


Large windows and narrow roof pillars make for excellent outward visibility. Along with the outward view, big sideview mirrors and a standard rearview camera with a proximity system take the guesswork out of parking. The optional and configurable full-color head-up display only shows what you want.


A consistent Audi strength. With rare exception, every component of the interior relays a sense of high quality. Optional upgraded leather and stitching make this luxury vehicle feel as if it's in another class entirely. The switches and interior controls have a satisfying click and weighting.


A family will find plenty of interior storage solutions, with cargo volume that's expected for the class. We like the addition of the adjustable load height that comes with the optional air suspension, and the 4,400-pound tow rating should satisfy the needs of most owners.

Small-item storage

The decently sized door pockets and center console should accommodate most items. We like how the tray under the armrest slides back and forth; it holds a phone or two. The cupholders sit just behind the entertainment controls, so they may be more difficult to use if you have a tall drink.

Cargo space

The SQ5 offers 26.8 cubic feet of storage space behind second row and 60.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is typical for this kind of vehicle. When equipped with the air suspension, you can raise or lower the rear of the vehicle with a button located in the cargo area to make loading easier.

Child safety seat accommodation

The outboard rear seats have easy-to-find LATCH and tether anchors, while the middle seat has a single tether anchor. The location and layout of these seats earned the Q5, which is fundamentally the same as the SQ5 in this regard, a Good rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


With a 4,400-pound maximum tow rating, the SQ5's capability ranks among the best of the segment. Models equipped with an air suspension have a trailer tow setting that activates automatically with the factory-installed hitch. Owners with aftermarket hitches must select this mode manually.


When outfitted with all the options, the clear and vibrant displays look wonderful. Alas, they prioritize aesthetic appeal over functionality, so it can take a bit longer to learn the ins and outs of the system's logic. Some phone integration features are surprising in their absence, too.

Audio & navigation

The optional navigation system and digital gauge cluster look fantastic, but after interacting with them you realize that they rely more on fancy graphics than user intuitiveness. Switching through menus is quick, but it takes some time to learn the system's logic.

Smartphone integration

We appreciate standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, but the lack of a touchscreen makes operation clumsier than what you'll find from competitors. The integration isn't as deep either. Navigation prompts don't display on the HUD or gauge cluster as they do in other vehicles.

Driver aids

The available adaptive cruise control system takes all the frustration out of stop-and-go highway traffic, and we like how you can configure how aggressively it slows the vehicle down. The available top-view camera system makes parking easier, and the blind-spot monitoring system is effective.

Voice control

Audi's voice recognition does fine, but you'll likely want to use your smartphone's system. Unfortunately, the voice prompt button on the steering wheel doesn't work with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, so you have to use a workaround. Other vehicle entertainment systems do this better.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Audi SQ5.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Exceptionally balanced vehicle
Aspen SQ5,07/16/2017
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.
Best luxury SUV w/ perfect comfort/sport balance
Very happy with choosing the 2018 Audi SQ5 prestige. Before buying, I compared it to the new F -Pace S, XC60 T8, 43 AMG, and upcoming redesigned X3 M40i. With Audi SQ5's standard adaptive dampers, you get the best comfort, but also great sportiness when desired. The volvo is for my taste too soft and floaty, while the others are too harsh for a daily driver even with adaptive dampers. Even when driving back-to-back the Lexus RX and the SQ5 on my backroads, I found the SQ5 quieter and soaking up bumps much better than the Lexus RX while being faster at the same time. The virtual cockpit and the modern entertainment system are truly the best and most updated in their class, ahead of other competitors. Having google maps in a 12.3" screen in front of you w/ live traffic info is unbeatable. The XC 60 T8 comes close, but its infotainment system is rather laggy and ergonomics are not well though-out as everything, incl. heater, are adjusted w/ the main screen. So if that main screen does not boot up quickly or correctly you are basically left in the dark not being able to adjust anything. As confirmed by the recent reliability survey from consumer-reports, Audis are very reliable particularly compared to other luxury brands. Volvo and Jag are the bottom brands in this respect. All in all, it is the best grocery getter I have owned that pertains a dual-personality of keeping the rest of the family comfortable driving from A to B, but yet having the option of embracing windy and twisty roads with speed.
I have never seen or driven a car like this before. I've owned BMW 3, 5, and 7 series, Porsche 911, and Mercedes SL 55 and a Honda Pilot. The SQ5 is a combination of all of them. Its rides very comfortably, very stable, and quiet, sporty and with a lot of power and torque. Its a get up and go car, great to drive anywhere in the city or country. I love the quality and the very advanced technology I feel like I'm in a spaceship. I've tested the Volvo XC90, it had a very bouncy air suspension and I didn't quite trust their NAV system. I also test drove the RX 350, but again the ride was not as smooth and it just didn't absorb the bumps well, plus it was quite boring to drive. I've never test drove an Audi before until my wife wanted to look at the Audi Q7. After we bought the Q7, I just fell in love with it and had to have one just like it. The SQ5 is a combination of sports car and comfortable SUV, very adaptable to all my different driving needs.
Lemon replaced by Audi
I deleted my previous negative review to more properly explain what happened with our purchase of a brand new 2018 SQ5. In short we had total electronic system failures, 3 times in a span of three drives and 3 visits to the dealer. I was upset because this was not safe and of course disappointing. We initially were hearing from the delaer that the car would be repaired again for the same computer malfunction. Basically the initial response from the service manager was lackluster. There was absolutely a severe safety issue with the vehicle once it indicated every single function was inoperable, including driver side airbag. I had presented the dealership with a detailed and respectful written response in a quick manner. It took a few days for a reaponse from Audi corporate, who was contacted by the dealer. I was pleasently surprised that Audi corporate decided to take the car back and replace it with a same but new SQ5. Clearly the car has a major defect for which there is no obvious repair and Audi is willing to take responsibility. Apparently Audi cares enough about it’s customers in this instance, to take immediate action and avoid an ongoing cycle of repairs or lemon law action for a first time Audi owner / BMW convert. I was ready to jump back to BMW, but this resets the experience. I can’t say enough about how well we ended up being treated at the dealer once this went in for the third consecutive repair for the same problem. I have had little time to enjoy the car due to this event and if Edmunds allows, I will update a review of the new car once it has been driven sufficiently.
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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

19 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
19 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
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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.

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More about the 2018 Audi SQ5

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 SUV Overview

The 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV is offered in the following styles: 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A).

What do people think of the 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 SQ5 SUV 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 SUV.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 SQ5 SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including 3.0T Prestige quattro, 3.0T Premium Plus quattro, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.0 / 5


3.5 / 5

Acceleration3.5 / 5
Braking3.5 / 5
Steering4.0 / 5
Handling4.0 / 5
Drivability3.5 / 5


4.5 / 5

Seat comfort4.5 / 5
Ride comfort5.0 / 5
Noise & vibration4.5 / 5
Climate control4.5 / 5


4.5 / 5

Ease of use4.0 / 5
Getting in/getting out4.0 / 5
Driving position4.0 / 5
Roominess4.5 / 5
Visibility5.0 / 5
Quality5.0 / 5


3.5 / 5

Small-item storage3.0 / 5
Cargo space3.0 / 5


3.0 / 5

Audio & navigation3.5 / 5
Smartphone integration3.0 / 5
Driver aids4.0 / 5
Voice control3.0 / 5
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV?
2018 Audi SQ5 SUV 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV 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 $67,915. The average price paid for a new 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $5,917 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,917 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$61,998.

The average savings for the 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is8.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 5 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV 3.0T Prestige quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Audi SQ5 SUV 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

The 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV 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 SUV 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $5,451 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,451 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$55,125.

The average savings for the 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV 3.0T Premium Plus quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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Which 2018 Audi SQ5 SUVS are available in my area?

2018 Audi SQ5 SUV Listings and Inventory

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Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV and all available trim types: 3.0T Prestige quattro, 3.0T Premium Plus quattro. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2018 Audi SQ5 SUV include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2018 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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