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2014 Audi SQ5

$22,917 — $37,477 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.6) 7 reviews

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Cabin materials
  • Towing capacity
  • Diesel's EPA-estimated fuel economy
  • Low cargo floor

The Bad

  • Inconsistent steering feel
  • Cramped backseat
  • Limited cargo room
  • Touchy brakes
2014 Audi SQ5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Audi SQ5
  • New turbo-diesel V-6 engine
  • New performance-oriented SQ5 model
  • Turbocharged or supercharged gas engines
  • Hybrid version offered
  • Available Audi Connect information system
  • Standard AWD

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

From the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Cars.com's Kelsey Mays takes a look at the 2014 Audi SQ5.

Vehicle Overview

The Q5 competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Volvo XC60. It seats five and comes with standard Quattro all-wheel drive. In addition to the Q5's gas-engine models, a hybrid model and a new turbo-diesel version are offered. The performance-oriented SQ5 also debuts for 2014.
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New for 2014
The Q5's new turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 engine produces 240 horsepower and 428 pounds-feet of torque. With the diesel, the Q5 gets an EPA-estimated 24/31 mpg city/highway. Horsepower on the turbocharged 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder increases to 220 hp from 211 hp. Models with the 2.0-liter gas engine now have the Convenience Package (Bluetooth connectivity, iPod integration and a HomeLink garage door opener) as standard content. Keyless access has been added to Premium Plus and Prestige trims.
Exterior Highlights

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels; available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • LED tailights
  • Available adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available panoramic sunroof

Interior Highlights

  • Leather upholstery
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Split-folding, reclining backseat with fore/aft adjustment
  • Available ash-wood inlays
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system with dual 9-inch screens
  • Available navigation ...
Vehicle Overview

The Q5 competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Volvo XC60. It seats five and comes with standard Quattro all-wheel drive. In addition to the Q5's gas-engine models, a hybrid model and a new turbo-diesel version are offered. The performance-oriented SQ5 also debuts for 2014.
(Skip to details on the: Q5 Hybrid and SQ5)
New for 2014
The Q5's new turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6 engine produces 240 horsepower and 428 pounds-feet of torque. With the diesel, the Q5 gets an EPA-estimated 24/31 mpg city/highway. Horsepower on the turbocharged 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder increases to 220 hp from 211 hp. Models with the 2.0-liter gas engine now have the Convenience Package (Bluetooth connectivity, iPod integration and a HomeLink garage door opener) as standard content. Keyless access has been added to Premium Plus and Prestige trims.
Exterior Highlights

  • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels; available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • LED tailights
  • Available adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available panoramic sunroof

Interior Highlights

  • Leather upholstery
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Split-folding, reclining backseat with fore/aft adjustment
  • Available ash-wood inlays
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Available rear-seat entertainment system with dual 9-inch screens
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 220-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder engine
  • Available 272-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter gas V-6
  • Available 240-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter V-6
  • Gas engines use premium fuel 
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Available adaptive suspension

Safety Features

  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
  • Electronic stability system
  • Antilock brakes
  • Available blind spot warning system 
  • Available backup camera
  • Available rear-seat side-impact airbags

Q5 Hybrid
The Q5 Hybrid, Audi’s first hybrid in the U.S., comes with an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack as well as a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine. Total system output is 245 hp.

  • EPA-estimated 24/30 mpg
  • Premium gas recommended
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive

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SQ5
The SQ5 is the first performance-oriented variant in Audi's crossover lineup. It features a more powerful version of the Q5's available supercharged V-6 gas engine that's rated at 354 hp.

  • Zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, according to Audi
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Gray accents for the grille
  • Aluminum side mirror housings
  • Quad exhaust tips
  • Lowered suspension
  • Standard 20-inch wheels; 21-inch wheels available
  • Leather and Alcantara sport seats
  • Available Dynamic Steering Package that brings a variable ratio and assist level to the steering, as well as sharper torque vectoring for the all-wheel-drive software

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
7 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.1)
(5.0)

Amazing car!

by JC from FL from Lutz,FL on March 23, 2018

This is the best car I have ever owned (probably the best I have ever ridden in) The exterior is much cleaner than other crossovers on the market, and we test drove almost all of them on the market. ... Read full review

(3.0)

Great SUV with a lot of power

by tagteamdesign from Denver, Colorado on January 16, 2018

I really enjoyed driving the SQ5! The extra power that the S-Line adds to the Q5 is definitely worth the money. The interior is sleek and very comfortable especially with the Winter Package and heated ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Audi SQ5 currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2014 Audi SQ5 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Audi

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles after expiration of new vehicle limited warranty or from date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    300-plus-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The SQ5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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