2019 Audi SQ5 Overview

William Kinton
Automotive Editor - January 14, 2019

The 2019 Audi SQ5 is a happy medium for those who can't choose between a performance car and a luxury crossover or SUV. The SQ5 is quick and sticks to the road like glue, thanks to the turbocharged V6 and quattro all-wheel-drive system, but it's also loaded with cutting edge technology that remains some of the best in the industry.

What's New for 2019

For 2019, the Audi SQ5 gets a new entry-level Premium trim, which lowers the starting price of the SQ5 by $2,880 compared to the outgoing model.

Choosing Your Audi SQ5

The heart of the SQ5 is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that puts out 354 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, which is sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. This allows the SQ5 to hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, which feels quite fast in a larger SUV. This power does require a sacrifice, as the SQ5 can only manage an EPA-estimated 19 miles per gallon city, 24 mpg highway, and 21 combined – all of which are three mpg less than the standard Audi Q5.

All SQ5s come standard with Audi's quattro all-wheel drive as well as an adaptive suspension that change between dynamic, comfort, and off-road settings. Additionally, the SQ5 comes standard with a leather- and Alcantara-trimmed interior, heated seats, automatic windshield wipers, three-zone automatic climate control, and LED headlights, but the interior space has actually decreased from last year down to 53.1 cubic feet of space with the back seats down.

The Audi SQ5 is available in three trims:

Premium

The entry-level Premium trim starts at $53,395 (all prices include the $995 destination fee), but it still feels like a luxury SUV through and through. The Premium gets all of the standard features previously mentioned, including all of the performance upgrades that set the SQ5 apart from the standard Q5.

The only option package available with the Premium trim is the $1,500 Convenience Package, which adds keyless entry, remote start, auto-dimming side mirrors, lane change assist, driver's seat memory, and satellite radio. There are also several standalone options, including a panoramic sunroof for $1,450, running boards for $1,100, and rear passenger side airbags for $350.

Premium Plus

The Premium Plus trim leaps to $59,195, but adds a lot of tech unavailable on the base model. Most notably, the Premium Plus gets Audi's fantastic Virtual Cockpit, which allows for the driver to configure the digital gauge cluster to display whatever is most important. This trim also receives an upgraded infotainment system with navigation, increased active driver safety systems, a panoramic sunroof, and Audi's phone box, which is a compartment that combines a phone signal booster with wireless charging while encouraging drivers to leave their phone be while on the road.

Packages at this trim include the $3,000 S-Sport Package, which adds red brake calipers, an active air suspension that allows for ride height adjustment, and a sport differential. There's also the $600 Black Optic Package that adds black trim and wheels to the SQ5 to give it a different look, the $950 Warm Weather Package that adds a Milano leather interior, ventilated front seats, rear window sunshades, and leatherette armrests, and the $750 Cold Weather Package which adds heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Options include Nappa leather seats for $1,000, a Bang and Olufsen sound system for $950, and dynamic steering for $1,150.

Prestige

At the top of the pyramid is the Prestige model, which starts at $63,095. The Prestige model adds the the Bang and Olufsen sound system, adaptive cruise control, a top view camera system with parking assist, and a head-up display. Packages are the same as on the Premium Plus, with the S-Sport, Black Optic, Warm Weather, and Cold Weather Packages all remaining unaltered. Similarly, most options are the same, but the Prestige allows you to replace the aluminum interior trim with carbon fiber for $500.

CarsDirect Tip

A Premium Plus model is the best way to go with the 2019 Audi SQ5, as it offers a better starting point for adding the options you really want. While you may not get the more advanced driver assistance features, you can use the extra money you saved on other options and packages that may better suit your wants.

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