2018 Audi SQ5

Published on October 4, 2017

Upgrading to the $4200-dearer Prestige trim as on our test car brings navigation, Audi’s 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, 360-degree parking cameras, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with 755 watts, and the all-important ambient interior lighting.

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Additional major add-ons pushing our as-tested price to $65,800 include 21-inch wheels for $1000 and the $3000 S Sport package, which brings a height-adjustable air suspension, a torque-vectoring rear differential, and red brake calipers. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that wheels this big first appeared on humongous SUVs and ridiculous customs; that they now look fairly normal on a vehicle this size speaks to the normalizing power of repeated exposure.2018 Audi SQ5

But if it’s not the fastest, the SQ5 is a comfortable cruiser, with a bit more cushion built into its underpinnings than most of its competitors. And the interior is every bit as handsome as the exterior, with rich materials and an attention to detail that is the hallmark of true luxury. It’s tremendously spacious up front with a range of adjustability that allows for drivers of all sizes to get comfortable, but no matter where you position the front seats, there’s less headroom in the second row than the Audi’s upright profile would have you believe. We found it to be a very unpleasant place for anyone over six feet tall. But if you’re looking for a quick and comfortable way to move a family of normal-size humans, the SQ5 is a charmer. And if your kids are young enough, they might never even realize how weird this very idea is.

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VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED: $65,800 (base price: $55,275)

ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve Miller-capable V-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

Displacement: 183 cu in, 2995 cc
Power: 354 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque: 369 lb-ft @ 1370 rpm

TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 111.2 in
Length: 183.9 in
Width: 74.5 in Height: 65.3 in
Passenger volume: 102 cu ft
Cargo volume: 27 cu ft
Curb weight: 4429 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 5.1 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 13.0 sec
Zero to 120 mph: 20.2 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.1 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.4 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.7 sec @ 102 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 127 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 148 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.93 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY:
Observed: 20 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 28 mpg
Highway range: 510 mi

EPA FUEL ECONOMY:
Combined/city/highway: 21/19/24 mpg

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