No one can really argue with the fact that the Audi Q5 is indeed one of the most bland and boring crossovers you can buy today. Even Audi themselves think so, hence the launch of the high-performance, totally revamped SQ5. The first-ever S-prepped Audi SUV will arrive in U.S. showrooms this summer, starting from $51,900.
The 2014 Audi SQ5 blends the quality and practicality of a base car with a fun and engaging drive, brought on by a very potent engine. It’s a 3.0 liter TFSI – that means turbocharged with direct injection – V6 petrol unit, developing 354 hp and 347 lb-ft of torque.
Performance-wise, the SQ5 goes from 0 to 60mph in a 5.1 seconds, amazing for a car of this type, and it can reach a top speed of 155 mph.
The drivetrain consists of an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission and Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system. The car also has a clever Electronic Stability Control (ESC) that can even sense if there is a roof rack in place, and compensate for it relative to the center of gravity.
Visually, the SQ5 is distinguished with a thorough S package, including front and rear bumpers with Platinum Gray grille and diffuser, Aluminum exterior mirror housings and quad exhaust tips. Inside, you get a three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom steering wheel with alu-optic shift paddles and contrast stitching, Gray instrument face with white needles, pedals with aluminum inserts, and SQ5 specific leather/aluminum shift knob.