Audi’s all-new SQ5 combines 354PS performance, a luxurious interior and intelligent technology in a beautiful SUV body
WRITER Ben Barry
3.0-LITRE V6 ENGINE AND QUATTRO
DRIVE SURGE THE AUDI SQ5 TO
62MPH IN JUST 5.4 SECONDS
In theory, choice is always a fine thing. But sometimes it still doesn’t provide the answer you want. Not so long ago you could have either a high-performance car or a ready-for-adventure family SUV. But if you wanted a vehicle that met both needs, it was impossible.
Audi’s engineers don’t believe in impossible. Their creed is Vorsprung durch Technik, which is why they created the original SQ5. Now they have just unveiled the latest version – and it’s the most powerful Q5 ever.
The all-new SQ5 is powered by a 354PS, 500Nm, 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged petrol engine, enabling this premium mid-size SUV to sprint from 0-62mph in just 5.4 seconds.
Offered in the UK exclusively with petrol power for the first time, the SQ5’s V6 engine features highly efficient twin-scroll turbocharging. Combined with an optimised combustion process, high-pressure fuel injectors and tiptronic transmission with an integrated coasting function to save fuel, the SQ5 delivers instant response, plentiful power and an impressive 34mpg combined*.
The chassis achieves similarly broad targets with its balance of comfort and agility. Power goes to all four wheels with a slight rear bias during typical driving courtesy of quattro technology, while wheel-selective torque delivery enhances roadholding. Six-piston brake calipers provide excellent stopping power.
|Available to order||now|
|Engine||3.0 V6 TFSI 354PS|
|Drivetrain||quattro all-wheel drive|
*Standard EU test figure for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. With 20-inch wheels
Audi drive select enables drivers to tailor the SQ5’s character to their taste, with settings to make the steering, suspension and drivetrain progressively sportier or more comfort-focused.
Beautifully proportioned, athletic bodywork perfectly complements the SQ5’s dynamic handling and strong performance, with the LED headlights and tail-lights providing a dramatic visual signature.
Standard-fit S-specific styling enhancements include a new singleframe grille with double aluminium struts, smart dual exhaust design and sleek 20-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, comfortable and supportive S Sport seats
distinguished by a diamond pattern design are upholstered in Fine Nappa leather, while brushed aluminium inlays and a multi-function leather steering wheel underline the exclusive ambience. Cutting-edge technology includes the MMI Navigation plus infotainment system with a colour 8.3-inch display, and Audi Connect Infotainment Services.
Key optional equipment offered includes Audi Virtual Cockpit, adaptive cruise control, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system. All in all, the all-new SQ5 is set to fulfil the requirements of family life and fully satisfy high-performance drivers – just like the original and then some.