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5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
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3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2018 Audi SQ5 OVERVIEW
The souped-up version of Audi's Q5 compact crossover, the SQ5 was the first of a growing line of premium, high-performance, compact crossovers that's since grown to include Mercedes-AMG and BMW (if you count the coupe-like X4's M40i trim). Audi builds on the last SQ5 with the same turbocharged V6 that's been received so well in the S4 and S5.
What's New for 2018
The Audi SQ5 receives its first full redesign, complete with a new turbocharged V6 and upgraded technology throughout.
Choosing Your Audi SQ5
The SQ5 is slightly longer and wider than before, resulting in a small but noticeable bump in rear seat room and cargo space. With the rear seat folded, the Q5 can hold up to 60.1 cubic feet, versus 57.3 for the outgoing model.
Audi replaced the previous supercharged engine with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that supplies 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Horsepower is unchanged, but torque is up by 23 pound-feet, helping the SQ5 scoot to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. All models are equipped with a sport-tuned adaptive suspension, all-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The SQ5 starts out in Audi's mid-level Premium Plus trim, so every example is pleasantly equipped. The loaded Prestige model continues as the top choice:
Standalone options available on both trims include 21-inch wheels ($1,000) and carbon fiber interior trim ($300) in place of the standard aluminum.
The price difference between Premium Plus and Prestige ($3,200) is smaller on the SQ5 than on most Audi models. The Prestige's standard navigation and upgraded sound system alone are worth more than that, so this is one case where the costlier trim is a better buy.