2016 Audi SQ5

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$53,300

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2016 Audi SQ5
2016 Audi SQ5

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

1 trim

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Notable features

  • Gas, diesel and hybrid models
  • Panoramic moonroof now standard
  • All-wheel drive standard

2016 Audi SQ5 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The SQ5 is the performance-oriented variant in Audi’s Q5 crossover lineup. It features a more powerful version of the Q5’s supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 gas engine that’s rated at 354 horsepower. All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard.

For 2016, red brake calipers, unique 20-inch wheels and diamond-stitched seats are available. An adaptive suspension is now offered as a standalone option for Premium Plus models.
What’s Special

  • Zero to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, according to Audi
  • 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

Here’s info on the regular Q5:
The Q5 competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. It seats five and comes with standard all-wheel drive. In addition to four-cylinder and V-6 gas engines, the Q5 offers a gas-electric hybrid system or a turbo-diesel engine.
(Skip to details on the: Q5 Hybrid)

New for 2016
A panoramic moonroof is now standard, and the Audi Connect information system is included with the Navigation Plus Package. The Technology Package available on Premium Plus models now includes a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Significant Standard Features

  • All-wheel drive
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Power liftgate
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Three-zone automatic climate control
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 19- or 20-inch wheels
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Blind spot warning system

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 and a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine. Total system output is 245 hp. Unlike many hybrids, which use continuously variable automatic transmissions, the Q5 Hybrid uses the same eight-speed automatic as other Q5 models.

What’s Special

  • EPA-estimated 24/30/26 mpg city/highway/combined
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel drive

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.8
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

I just purchase this car is impressive will see

I look for a car that was good to town looking at reviews n came across this fun to drive n powerful enough to tow a small trailer w power to spare n my fam away have German or European vehicle lol so I went for it .

4.9

Best handling car I have ever owned

The fact it has a supercharger it is ver easy to performance tune via ECU. I currently have it at tuned to 440 HP. Unlike a turbocharged vehicle there is no turbo lag.

4.6

SQ5 Hidden Gem

New owner but did a lot of prior research on this car. 3.0T engine with the 8 speed ZF transmission is a great combination. Averaged 25.8 mpg on highway. Have the Premium Plus with Technology Package and Black Optics. More fun and engaging than my X5. Engine/trans combo is pretty bulletproof - common problem with SQ5 is water pump replacement. Will probably go ahead and do that and thermostat as preventative maintenance. Already replaced X5 water pump and thermostat. Can't these Germans engineer a better water pump? Very impressed so far, time will tell.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Audi
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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