2015 Audi SQ5

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Audi SQ5. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Cabin materials
  • Towing capacity
  • Diesel's fuel economy estimates
  • Low cargo floor

The Bad

  • Inconsistent steering feel
  • Smallish multimedia screen
  • Top-heavy feel during sharp turns
  • Backseat room

Notable Features of the 2015 Audi SQ5

  • Power liftgate now standard
  • Gas or diesel power
  • Performance-oriented SQ5 model available
  • Hybrid version available
  • All-wheel drive standard

2015 Audi SQ5 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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 all-wheel drive. In addition to the Q5's gas-engine models, a hybrid and a turbo-diesel version are offered. There's also a performance-oriented SQ5.

(Skip to details on the: Q5 Hybrid and SQ5)


New for 2015
A power liftgate and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights are now standard.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 18-inch alloy wheels; available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • LED tailights
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • 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
  • Wood inlays
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 220-horsepower, 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
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Available adaptive suspension

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain ...
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 all-wheel drive. In addition to the Q5's gas-engine models, a hybrid and a turbo-diesel version are offered. There's also a performance-oriented SQ5.

(Skip to details on the: Q5 Hybrid and SQ5)


New for 2015
A power liftgate and xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights with LED daytime running lights are now standard.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 18-inch alloy wheels; available 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Heated side mirrors
  • LED tailights
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • 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
  • Wood inlays
  • Available Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood

  • 220-horsepower, 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
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive
  • Available adaptive suspension

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
  • 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.

What's Special

  • EPA-estimated 24/30/26 mpg city/highway/combined
  • 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.

What's Special

  • 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; body color available
  • Quad exhaust tips
  • Lowered suspension
  • 20-inch wheels; 21-inch wheels available
  • Leather and Alcantara sport seats
  • Available dynamic steering with variable ratio and assist levels
  • Available gloss-black exterior accents


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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
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(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
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Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Love this vehicle!

by IamWildBill from Boston, MA on October 30, 2017

The 2015 Audi SQ5 is an incredible vehicle. Unbelievable performance, excellent handling and sharply appointed interior....this SUV has it all. I only wished I had purchased one earlier!!! Read full review

(5.0)

What a rush

by gcmetz from Washington, DC on September 26, 2017

I have owned this car for about a year now and I never get tired of it. Every single day is like going to an amusement park for me. I lowered my SQ5 three inches and have a KraftWerk add-on ECU and it ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Audi SQ5 currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Audi SQ5 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Audi

Program Benefits

Comprehensive 300+ point dealer inspection, 24/7 roadside assistance including towing and trip interruption reimbursement, 1 Year/Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty coverage, transferability of the Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty to a subsequent private owner, and CARFAX® Vehicle History Report.

  • Limited Warranty

    1 Year / Unlimited Miles

    1 Year/ Unlimited Miles Audi Certified pre-owned Limited Warranty features 1 Year / Unlimited Miles of warranty coverage after the expiration of the new vehicle limited warranty or from the date of sale if the new vehicle limited warranty has expired and coverage honored at over 300 Audi dealerships service centers throughout the U.S., total confidence is yours as you take the road less traveled.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 300+ point inspection.

    See inspection details.

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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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