Audi SQ5

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2016 Audi SQ5 What's new for 2016? 
2016 Audi SQ5

For 2016 Audi’s Q5 luxury crossover adds a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel and a panoramic sunroof as standard equipment. The Technology package on Premium Plus models gains a Bang & Olufsen sound system, while Audi’s adaptive dampening suspension becomes a stand-alone option on the SQ5 Premium Plus.

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2015 Audi SQ5 What's new for 2015? 
2015 Audi SQ5

The 2015 Audi Q5 lineup's option packages change a bit. For example, a power tailgate and xenon headlights are now standard on the SUV's Premium package, and blind-spot assist and navigation combine for a new Technology package on Premium Plus models. The SQ5 gets a new high-gloss black package.

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2014 Audi SQ5 What's new for 2014? 
2014 Audi SQ5

The long-awaited SQ5 joins the Q5 lineup, motivated by a 354-horsepower supercharged V6. Also new is the introduction of the Q5 TDI clean diesel that delivers up to 31 mpg highway. The base 2.0T sees its horsepower output increase to 220, and Premium Plus models gain more standard features.

About Audi SQ5

Audi’s 2016 Q5 compact SUV delivers a healthy dose of luxury appointments, timeless style and exhilarating performance. With five different models on hand, the all-wheel-drive Q5 luxury crossover runs the gamut, from the efficient and affordable 2.0-liter turbocharged Premium, to the 354-horsepower supercharged V6 in the enthusiast-oriented SQ5. Those seeking cutting-edge technology or maximum fuel economy can opt for either a hybrid or diesel powertrain. No matter which Q5 is selected, the lucky owner will find a spacious and versatile interior, a ride that is comfortable, yet still sporty, and styling that is classic without being bland. Next to such competitors as the Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLK and Lincoln MKC, the 2016 Audi Q5 is a commendable jack-of-all-trades.

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Consumer Reviews

Really nice high performance small SUV

By on Wednesday, July 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Quick. Stealthy with so many regular Q5s around."

Cons: "Slightly dated appearance. Small cargo space."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The SQ5 is a really nice high performance compact SUV. At the time of purchase, I was comparing it to the Porsche Macan S. I had just sold a Cayenne GTS so I was leaning towards the Porsche. The Macan S is a better handling/driving car with a nicer interior, but in the end I could not justify the $12K difference in out the door cost for a Macan S similarly equipped to the SQ5. (At the end of the 2015 model year Macan's were still not being discounted and the SQ5 was being sold at below dealer invoice.) The SQ5 is very quick when passing at highway speeds and quick all around when in Dynamic mode with the transmission in Sport. Interior is typical Audi with simple, but high quality materials and finishes. So far, I have been very pleased with the Audi. I just returned from a 1,000 mile road trip and the car was comfortable for long stretches of high speed driving on 2 and 4 lane secondary roads even with the 21" wheels. On a side note, another reviewer mentioned squealing brakes. That is likely a result of glazing. A couple of hard controlled stops from 70 mph or so will solve the problem. It is not a specific issue with the SQ5 brake system."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Sporty, Quick, Fun Drive

By on Friday, September 4, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Lots of power, fun to drive, handles great!"

Cons: "High sticker price, squeaky brakes"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I have a 2014 SQ5 - have had it for almost two years. The car looks great, has awesome power, corners well and is all around fun to drive and look at. The sound system and in car hot spot are also great features. Now for the downside, the brakes have squeaked almost from the time I took possession of the car. The dealer and Audi in Michigan say it has "high performance" brakes that sometimes make a noise. However, it shouldn't sound like the old car metal on metal sound of completely worn out brake pads grinding against the rotors. Additionally, the tires needed to be replaced before 13,000 miles. According to the dealer the tires typically last 15,000 - 20,000 miles. The tires are pricey so be prepared to shell out a few thousand dollars for replacements. I do love the driving experience of this car for the reasons I mentioned. However, with the issues it has, recently when friends who are looking for a new car asked about my experience, I could not recommend they purchase a SQ5."

11 people out of 14 found this review helpful

My best car ever; does many things extremely well

By on Sunday, September 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,100

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Definitely fun to drive and practical for everyday"

Cons: "Not cheap, but compared to competitors, is good"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Have owned one for 11 months and have not been disappointed. For an SUV, it handles well and is extremely quick. One can't fairly compare it with a car that sits 15-20" lower as that's a different deal. Mine has the 20" wheels which give it a smoother ride than the 21". The tires are also cheaper (about $300 each vs. about $500 each) and won't be apt to blow out as quick with the slightly taller sidewall (a 45 vs. a 40 profile); I mention this as few other reviews seem to pick up on the pros and cons of the two tire sizes and many say, go for the "cooler looking" set which would be the 21". The 20s don't look bad and a couple of serious reviews have agreed that they are the better choice in the long run (my Audi guy agreed as well). The engine and transmission are great and function very smoothly together. The paddle shifters are handy and can be used in any of the four driving modes. The larger brakes do their job well. The seat is well-balanced and the car is easy to get in and out of which is a plus for anyone with back issues. The B&O sound system, Sirius radio, Bluetooth and MMI Navigation all work well together and the car is incredibly smooth on the road. Frankly, legal highway speeds leave one with the impression that you're going too slow, but that is a "high class" problem to have. Good performance snow tires (like Pirelli Scorpions which I run, are worth considering in states with regular winter weather. Next, will we ever see an RSQ5?"

30 people out of 46 found this review helpful

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