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2017 Audi SQ5 OVERVIEW

The souped-up version of Audi's compact Q5 crossover, the SQ5 carries some serious performance hardware to go with its family-friendly interior. Buyers who can't decide between thrills and versatility won't have to with the SQ5.

What's New for 2017

Adaptive cruise control and variable-ratio steering are now standard on Prestige models.

Choosing Your Audi SQ5

The centerpiece of the SQ5 is its supercharged 3-liter V6, which lays down 354 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. To handle all that thrust, you get a sport-tuned suspension, performance brakes, selectable driving modes, and summer performance tires on 20-inch wheels. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive complete the mechanical setup.

The SQ5 wears special body trim to differentiate it from the standard-issue Q5. Cargo space, however, is identical. You you get 29.1 cubic feet of it behind the rear seat and 57.3 cubic feet with it folded. This is typical for a small luxury crossover.

The SQ5 skips Audi's usual base trim, so it's available in Premium Plus and Prestige only:

Premium Plus

Comes with all the expected luxury equipment, including heated front sport seats, a panoramic sunroof, tri-zone climate control, a power tailgate, keyless ignition and a 10-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Seats are clad in a mix of leather and faux suede. The available Technology package rounds things out with a navigation system, blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, parking sensors, and a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.


Gets the Technology package as standard, plus adaptive headlamps, rear window shades, and a heated and cooled cupholder up front. The newly standard Driver Assist package tacks on adaptive cruise control and variable-ratio steering.

Both models can get a Luxury package featuring an extended leather interior and ventilated front seats. The available Black Optic package adds gloss-black exterior trim and a matte-black rear spoiler.

Individual options include 21-inch wheels, rear side airbags, red-painted brake calipers, and diamond-stitched Nappa leather upholstery.

CarsDirect Tip

The Premium Plus with the Technology package added makes the most sense from a value standpoint. Upgrading to the Prestige is only necessary if you can't live without the Driver Assist features.

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