2017 Audi SQ5

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$53,300–$53,300 MSRP range
(5.0) 3 reviews

Key Specs

of the 2017 Audi SQ5 base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Cabin materials
  • Low cargo floor

The Bad

  • Smallish multimedia screen
  • Backseat room
2017 Audi SQ5 exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2017 Audi SQ5

  • High-performance version of the Q5 crossover
  • 354-hp V-6 engine
  • All-wheel drive standard

2017 Audi SQ5 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Audi SQ5 is the performance model in the Q5 lineup. It features a more powerful version of the Q5's available 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 2017, the Prestige model comes with adaptive steering, and a Black Optic Plus Package is a new appearance option.
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 adaptive steering with variable ratio and assist levels

 

Here's info on the regular Q5:

What it is: The Audi Q5 competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. It seats up to five and comes with standard all-wheel drive. For 2017, power comes from a gas four-cylinder or V-6 engine; Audi has stopped offering a turbo-diesel V-6 while it works on resolving an emissions-cheating scandal and the gas-electric hybrid has been shelved until the Q5 is redesigned. A performance-oriented SQ5 model remains in the lineup.
New for 2017
The uplevel 3.0T Prestige model gets a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, Audi drive select and adaptive cruise control. The 2.0T Premium Plus model gets new 19-inch wheels and all-season tire...

Vehicle Overview

What it is: The Audi SQ5 is the performance model in the Q5 lineup. It features a more powerful version of the Q5's available 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 2017, the Prestige model comes with adaptive steering, and a Black Optic Plus Package is a new appearance option.
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 adaptive steering with variable ratio and assist levels

 

Here's info on the regular Q5:

What it is: The Audi Q5 competes in the crowded compact luxury crossover segment that includes the Acura RDX, BMW X3 and Volvo XC60. It seats up to five and comes with standard all-wheel drive. For 2017, power comes from a gas four-cylinder or V-6 engine; Audi has stopped offering a turbo-diesel V-6 while it works on resolving an emissions-cheating scandal and the gas-electric hybrid has been shelved until the Q5 is redesigned. A performance-oriented SQ5 model remains in the lineup.
New for 2017
The uplevel 3.0T Prestige model gets a three-spoke multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, Audi drive select and adaptive cruise control. The 2.0T Premium Plus model gets new 19-inch wheels and all-season tires.
Significant Standard Features

  • 220-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • 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

  • 272-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine
  • 21-inch wheels
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Blind spot warning system

 


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What Drivers Are Saying

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Value For The Money
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Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Everything anyone could/would want in mid-size SUV

by Karl K from Highland, CA on April 8, 2017

Next to our 2917 Audi A 4 which was my dream car, this SQ 5 is everything my wife wanted in an SUV and more. My wife owns a Children's book store in Redlands, California. She wanted a vehicle that was ... Read full review

(5.0)

An Audi that is classic!

by delzd3d from Weymouth MA on March 24, 2017

I have recently completed the purchase of a 2017 SQ5, Premium Plus package. It is the most powerful, quiet, best handling, great looking and extremely comfortable SUV available from any manufacturer. ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2017 Audi SQ5 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2017 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, up to 6 yr/100k mile 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

    6 years / 100,000 miles

    Up to 6 yr/100k mile from the original in-service date plus balance of New Vehicle Corrosion Perforation Warranty (12 years), plus the balance of no- charge scheduled maintenance for the remainder of the New Vehicle limited warranty ($85 deductible), Return/Exchange policy may vary.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 300+ point inspection.

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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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker