Audi SQ5

Audi SQ5

About Audi SQ5

The 2017 Audi Q5 offers the kind of luxury, style and performance that we've come to expect from the German luxury manufacturer. With an all-new model coming sometime early in 2017, Audi has pared its lineup this year, dropping the hybrid model altogether. As for the diesel, well, you've probably seen the headlines. Regardless, the remaining 2017 Q5 luxury SUV lineup stays competitive against the likes of the Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Lincoln MKC and others. From the base-level and surprisingly affordable Q5 2.0T Premium to the 354-horsepower SQ5 performance model, there are spacious and versatile interiors, a comfortable and sporty ride, and styling that's unmistakably Audi.

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2017 Audi SQ5
What's new for 2017?
2017 Audi SQ5

The 2017 Audi Q5 sees a simplification of its lineup for its abbreviated model year, as an all-new model is coming in the spring. Still, 3.0T Prestige models get a 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, Audi Drive Select and adaptive cruise control. There's also a new Black Optics package for SQ5 models.

  • Expert Rating: 7.4
  • Consumers Rating: 8.9
  • MPG 17|24
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.

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.

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.

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Consumer Reviews

Easily the best vehicle I've owned

By on Sunday, November 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very fun to drive, looks good, sounds awesome."

Cons: "Worried about MPG? It's not the vehicle for you."

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

"I've owned my 2015 SQ5 for 10 months. Found it on the lot of a Porsche dealer who took it in trade, it was a year old with 10K miles on the odometer so still under the full warranty. Great power and responsive handling, fit & finish is excellent. The only issue I have is that mine has the 21" wheels so all season tires aren't available. None of the tire manufacturers make a tire with a good tread wear rating so tires won't last longer than about 15K miles. I've owned a 5 series BMW and leased a couple of E class Mercedes-Benz, this vehicle is head and shoulders better than any of them."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best Valued Performance Luxury Crossover/SUV

By on Saturday, December 3, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great horsepower, performance & utility for the $$"

Cons: "same styling since '09"

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

"The starting price of the SQ5 in the low $50's can get your attention when compared to like SUV's i.e. BMW X5 4.4, Mercedes ML 350 AMG, Porsche Macan S and Range Rover Sport SVR. Multiple tests from engineers has the performance figures varied and the under-rated stats from Audi has the 0-60MPH at 5.1s; in Launch-Mode I've had mine @ 4.672s But this heavy Tessie runs out of "oomph" above the ceiling of 90MPH where its competitor w/ bigger displacement and more torque push past this at 100mph. It takes roughly $30k++ more to beat out the everyday practicality of the SQ5 with the quicker Ute's like the X5M or Porsche Macan Turbo I've had my SQ5 {SQUID as we call it @ home)over 3 years now and have been very happy with it. Only normal maintenance like oil changes, 1 set of rear brake pads and a couple sets of rubber. The optional 21" wheels are an expensive luxury to have, as I have replaced 10 tires in ownership so far. Only one warranty issue from a overheated fuel pump (Las Vegas temps are tough in summer) Overall I am very fond of this vehicle. It replaced on '08 Audi S6 5.2 V-10. Comfort was just as nice in the seating, HVAC, and visibility. It is easier to get in than the S6 and is actually quicker to 60MPH! I only miss the growling V-10's grunt and strong pull over 75 and beyond 125mph - which has no purpose when getting a gallon of milk or loaf of bread. The Q5 is overdue for the refresh of exterior and interior; more importantly the technology. It should take on the newest of smartphone capabilities, navigation, driver assistance(s). It would be great to see an RSQ5 in United States!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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."

19 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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