- Practicality for hauling as many as five people and their gear
- Attractive exterior design that has aged well
- Good performance on summer and winter tires and good fuel efficiency
- Dated interior
- Doesn't offer the latest active safety technology on other Audis
- Buyer's remorse, knowing the next Q5 is on the way
Audi SQ5 Expert Review
New For 2017:
The 2017 Audi SQ5 comes standard with dynamic steering and gets a new black optic package, which adds a black rear spoiler, diffuser, door handles, and exterior mirrors.
The 2017 Audi SQ5 plus is the high-performance version of the Audi Q5 midsize luxury performance crossover. The sporty crossover is bigger than the Q3 and the Audi Allroad (a tall off-roady wagon) and smaller than the three-row Q7. The crossover seats five passengers and drives more like a sedan than an SUV, but has standard all-wheel drive.
The 2017 Audi SQ5's 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine is mated to Audi's eight-speed automatic transmission and puts out 354 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque.
The 2017 SQ5 gets an EPA-rated 17/24 mpg city/highway. Inside the 2017 Audi SQ5 you'll get a multifunction, three-spoke, flat-bottomed steering wheel with shift paddles and contrast stitching. The gas and brake pedals add aluminum insertsYou'll also get gas and brake pedals with aluminum inserts and a SQ5 specific leather wrapped, aluminum shift knob. Leather and Alcantara sport seats are standard on the SQ5.
The 2017 SQ5 comes in two trim levels, Premium Plus and Prestige. Prestige includes Audi's MMI infotainment and navigation system as well as the upgraded Bang & Olufsen stereo system.
The 2017 Audi SQ5 received a four-star overall rating (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS testing, the 2016 Q5 earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation, with a frontal crash prevention rating with optional equipment of Advanced (ratings include Basic, Advanced, and Superior).
The crossover includes as standard equipment driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, front thorax side airbags, knee airbags and side curtain airbags. Rear side airbags are optional.
Upgrade to the Technology package and you can get Audi's side assist that helps alert you to cars in your blind spot but, adaptive cruise control is not yet available in the SQ5. The technology package will also get you the parking system plus with rearview camera and front and rear acoustic parking sensors.
What We Think:
We drove the 2015 SQ5 during our 2014 SUV of the Year competition and on winter tires in the L.A. area in the spring of 2015. Though it felt a bit more sticky and heavier than normal when shod with winter rubber, the Audi SQ5 was surprisingly nimble and quick on winter tires.
The engine was "gutsy and mean-sounding," and we thought it felt more alive and powerful than the Porsche Macan Turbo we compared it to. In the comparison, the SQ5 placed third, ahead of a BMW X4 xDrive35i but behind a Porsche Macan Turbo and a Mercedes-AMG GLA45.
In our tests, the 2015 Audi SQ5 did the 0-60 hustle quicker on winter tires than it did on summer tires.