Details and pricing are finally announced on Audi’s first-ever S version of a Q model – the SQ5. Why should we be excited about this? Because it’s a freaking S version of a Q model!
We’ll start with what we obviously care about the most:
If you decide to go the economical route and get the Q5 Hybrid, your 245 hp 2.0-liter will bag you 0-60 in 6.8 seconds.
The SQ5 ups the ante and drops in a more potent 3.0-liter TFSI V6 producing 354 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque, motivating the crossover to hit 60 mph from a stop in only 5.1 seconds.
It’s mated to the same eight-speed transmission as the rest of the Q5s, and of course has the good ol’ quattro AWD system we’ve grown to love Audi for.
The Traction Control System is interesting on the SQ5, adjusting itself based on whether or not the roof rack is installed – if it is, it adjusts the system’s center of gravity to handle better, and when it’s roof-rack-free, the ESC changes to allow a sportier drive. Clever indeed.
The standard Q5 starts at $35,900, or you can get the Q5 Hybrid from $50,900.
The SQ5 sits above them all, and is going to start at $51,900 here in the States. Yup, it’s not cheap, but consider what you’re getting.
Don’t think they haven’t give it the same ‘S’ treatment they give the other S-lines.
The SQ5 gets 20-inch alloys as standard, with 21-inchers as an option you probably want to take.
Similar to all S models, they’ve sexied up the front and rear bumpers, and added the signature Platinum Grey grille and diffuser, as well as aluminum exhaust tips and mirrors. Audi’s Xenon Plus headlights with auto-leveling come standard on the SQ5.
A new aluminum and black wood inlays are available, but if I’m getting something sporty, I try to stay away from any sort of wood inlays; that’s for classing up luxury cars. Give me aluminum and carbon fiber.
You get to plant your ass on leather and Alcantara sport seats as standard, with the option of Nappa leather interior and comfort package. Again, leather and Alcantara is the go-to sports car combo, so I’ll stick to the standard on that one.
Basically, you get a sports interior as standard and if you want to class it up as a luxury ride, you can do that too.
What’s the Verdict?
Basically what Audi’s done is pretty smart.
Their main competitors – BMW and Mercedes, and even Porsche – have two levels of the same model that fit evenly around the SQ5’s specs and pricing.
Check it out:
X5 xDrive 35i – 300 hp – $47,500
<-------------------------------- The SQ5 goes right in the middle (354 hp - $51,900) X5 xDrive 50i - 400 hp - $64,200
ML350 – 302 hp – $47,270
<-------------------------------- The SQ5 goes right in the middle (354 hp - $51,900) ML550 - 402 hp - $58,800
Cayenne – 300 hp – $49,600
<-------------------------------- The SQ5 goes right in the middle (354 hp - $51,900) Cayenne S - 400 hp - $66,800 Of course there are many more details and things to consider than horsepower and price, but you get the idea. The SQ5 fits in a nice little hole in the segment, and is a nice choice for someone who needs a luxurious crossover while keeping a sporty drive. Well played, Audi. Check below for loads of images of the 2014 Audi SQ5: