The SQ5 enters a new generation this year, with top-to-bottom changes that include an all-new 354-hp turbocharged V-6 engine in place of last year’s supercharged V-6, an all-new chassis, standard adaptive dampers, and available air springs. Updated interior packaging means there’s a little more space for both passengers and cargo than in previous SQ5s, and exterior design tweaks including a revised front grille and a character line running the length of the car serve as differentiators between new and not-so-new models.
The SQ5 keeps things simple with just one powertrain. Audi’s throaty turbocharged V-6 makes good power, and standard Quattro all-wheel drive puts that power to the road. This dynamic duo is let down occasionally by its eight-speed automatic transmission, which can be slow to trade out gears and sometimes serves up syrupy shifts. Nearly every car in the SQ5’s high-performance SUV class is propelled by some version of a forced-induction 3.0-liter V-6 paired with either a seven- or eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive!
The SQ5’s exterior may be a low key but inside, the standard sculpted sport seats with their available quilted-leather coverings leave no doubt as to this crossover’s upscale intentions. Heated 12-way power-adjustable front seats are standard in every SQ5, as are three-zone automatic climate control and Audi’s practical, attractive design. Other comforts will cost extra and can include heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and additional leather trim for the front row.
Audi’s MMI infotainment system is one of our favorites to use. Its crisp display, logical layout, and intuitive controls make it a winner in our books. The SQ5’s standard infotainment offerings include two USB ports, three 12-volt outlets, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. By choosing the top Prestige trim level, drivers can enjoy premium features such as a Wi-Fi hotspot and Audi’s virtual cockpit system. Among other tricks, this upgrade to the gauge-cluster display provides a satellite street view of the directions from the MMI’s navigation system. Added USB ports for back-seat passengers would be welcome.!!
the rest? in our showroom..