Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
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.
2019 Audi SQ5 OVERVIEW
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:
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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