The Audi SQ5 adds more power to an already athletic and capable vehicle. That gives it an ideal combination of driving dynamics, versatility and high-end comfort.
Introduced for the 2018 model year, the Audi SQ5 enters its second generation as the sportier sibling to the Audi Q5. The SQ5 dials up the excitement with a more powerful engine and advanced suspension technologies. It also offers a luxurious five-seat cabin that can be easily adapted to carry extra cargo.
The second-generation model raises the bar with a new turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. It delivers the same horsepower as the supercharged engine in past models, but with a bit more torque. The move from supercharging to turbocharging also improves fuel economy.
The SQ5 continues to come standard with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. In the current generation, those features are complemented by a re-engineered standard suspension. Audi also introduced the current SQ5 with an air suspension for the first time. This lets you automatically adjust the ride height for different driving conditions.
The next-generation Audi SQ5 gains many luxury features and technologies that weren’t available in the earlier models. These range from Audi’s innovative “virtual cockpit” to a newly standard infotainment system. The first is a digital display that takes the place of a conventional gauge cluster. It can toggle between a traditional mode, a “sport” mode and a navigation view with related graphics and directions. The new infotainment package includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity. The current SQ5 also offers the first-ever fully climate-controlled seats.
The current Audi SQ5 is ready to take on all comers in a quickly growing segment of the industry. This includes the upper trim levels for rivals like the BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLC and Porsche Macan.
Earlier Audi SQ5 models
The original Audi SQ5 went on sale for the 2014 model year with a unique role. It was the first dedicated high-performance model from Audi’s SUV family. The SQ5 turned out to be an immediate success with enthusiasts, and the company has kept it fresh over the years with focused updates.
The heart of the matter for the first-generation SQ5 is a supercharged 3.0-liter V6. That engine produces 354 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. Paired with features like an advanced eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, it’s enough to make the SQ5 feel like a true sports car.
The 2015 model year saw style upgrades like a new high-gloss black appearance package and a new exclusive color: Sepang Blue pearl. In 2016, the SQ5 welcomed more design options, including a 20-inch wheel package, red brake calipers and Jet Gray diamond-stitched seats.
The final year for the first-generation SQ5 was 2017, when Audi debuted the Black Optic appearance package. The top-of-the-line Prestige models added a standard variable-steering system at the same time.
Other notable content for the first-generation Audi SQ5 includes a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, Bang & Olufsen audio, heated front seats and LED daytime running lights.
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