It’s been a long time since Audi did anything to surprise us. But who needs surprises when sales are strong and cars are good? Audi has been operating for years in the US, and the popular Q5 crossover has contributed significantly to the success of the first-generation Q5 in 2016, eight years after its debut. It is not surprising that the new Q5 and its performance-oriented brother, the 2018 Audi SQ5, make no philosophical change for their second generation.
The 2018 Audi SQ5 will also carry a lot of things, with 26.8 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Fold the second row and capacity increases to 60.4 cubic feet, enhancing other mid-performance crossovers like the Mercedes-AMG GLC43 (56.5 cu. Ft.) And Porsche Macan (53 cu. Ft.) In the Space Department. loading.
As far as infotainment is concerned, the all-in-touch MMI system available with handwriting recognition is quick to execute commands and intuitive to work with. Navigation with Google Maps imagery, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, configurable 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit gauges, and the 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system work as advertised. For people who prefer to use their smartphone to manage infotainment functions, the SQ5 is usefully delivered as standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Additional safety technology on all SQ5 models includes a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, a rear view camera, a rear-traffic alert, and an exit warning system that alerts you if you’re ready to go. open your vehicle. The pedestrian and vehicle collision warning with automatic braking is also included on all SQ5’s. The system only fired once during my journey when approaching a car that is spinning slowly, allowing Audi to program a collision warning system that does not trigger a false warnings and that is not hyper sensitive.
It also has this key ingredient in any Audi S model: more power. The 3.0-liter supercharged V6 of the old SQ5 gives way to a new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 (which means that the Audi V6T badge T finally represents the turbo). The new six makes the same 354 horsepower as before, but the torque increases from 23 lb-ft to 369 and peaks at nearly 3000 rpm earlier in the diet range. As before, an eight-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission choice, and all-wheel drive is standard. We suspect that Audi’s estimate of zero to 60 mph at 5.1 seconds is slightly conservative; we think five seconds flat is more likely.
A base price of $ 55,275 (including $ 975 for delivery) does not seem honestly outrageous for the SQ5. On sale at dealerships now, this award puts it on a par with other sports crossovers like $ 55,825 Mercedes GLC43 and $ 56,450 Macan S.