The SQ5 is Audi’s first venture into the growing high-performance SUV segment.
The SQ5 is powered by a 3.0-litre TFSI V6 engine that it shares with the potent S4 sport sedan. The mill sends 354 horsepower and 346 lb-ft. of torque to all four wheels via an eight-speed tiptronic transmission and the latest generation of Audi’s famed quattro all-wheel drive system.
SQ5 is considered to be one of the top cars in the luxury compact crossover segment- providing the features of a luxury compact Crossover/SUV while providing sports car performance.
The crossover sprints from zero to 100 kmh in 5.1 seconds and reaches a top speed that is electronically limited to 250 kmh.
The TFSI’s supercharger is mounted in between the cylinder banks and spun by a crankshaft-driven belt to almost 20,000 rpms. Two intercoolers keep the temperature in check even under the most extreme conditions.
Torque vectoring, a sport-tuned suspension and upgraded brakes on all four corners help the 4,400-pound SQ5 provide the driver with a fun and sure-footed driving experience.
The SQ5’s Q5 roots are instantly recognizable but the super SUV gains a specific radiator grille adorned by brushed aluminum trim and an aggressive body kit all around that consists of large air intakes integrated into the front bumper, side skirts and a discreet spoiler mounted on top of the hatch.
20-inch alloy wheels wrapped by low-profile tires and V6T badges on the fenders finish off the upmarket look.
The Audi SQ5 builds upon the Audi Q5, with the SQ5 adding more refinement features and levels of performance not seen in the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, or BMW X3 family range.
The range-topping Mercedes GLK350 is powered by a 3.5-litre V-6, and 302 hp; the BMW xDrive35i similarly gets 300 hp from its 3.0-litre V-6. Audi SQ5 cranks up power to 354 hp, and taking just 5.1 seconds to do the 0-100 kmh.
The SQ5 is equipped with a supercharged 3.0-litre V-6 motor and its only engine option. Fitted with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters sending power to all four wheels using Audi’s ‘quattro all-wheel drive system’
The SQ5 offers a generous array of standard equipment.
The Audi SQ5 is an increasingly popular luxury compact crossover that currently has no equal.
Volkswagen Group’s other brand, the Porsche Macan crossover, recently launched could be a serious contender in the sales department.
If you’re looking for compact crossover utility, but still long for the performance aspects of your sports car, the Audi SQ5 is an obvious choice.