Originally, the Audi Q5 went virtually untouched since 2008 as it helped fuel Audi of America’s growth to 200,000 sales in 2015 as the German brand’s top-selling model. Well, everything eventually gets outdated and needs an upgrade, which is why the Audi Q5 recently received a much-needed overhaul for the second-generation model.
If we were to use one word to describe the 2018 Audi Q5 it would be “marvelous.” The new version of the Q5 features a very energetic exterior design, standard quattro all-wheel-drive, and a variety of interior technology options and driver assist systems that are well ahead of the industry standards. However, there is something else that the Audi Q5 has to offer in 2018 which has us really excited – the SQ5. The 354 horsepower Audi SQ5 takes everything we admire about the new Q5 and throws in a more powerful engine that makes it even more enjoyable to drive. Let’s take a closer look at the 2018 Audi SQ5.
2018 Audi SQ5 Exterior
Taking cues from the new Audi Q7, the 2018 Audi SQ5 and Q5 feature sculpted three-dimensional headlights that enhance the character of the Singleframe grille and clamshell hood. There are short front and rear overhangs that provide the Q5 lineup with a muscular stance along with standard aluminum roof rails and rear spoiler. All Audi Q5 models also feature a hand-free liftgate release so you can keep your keys in your pocket and open it without lifting a finger.
The 2018 Audi SQ5 gets some exclusive design elements that set it apart from the rest of the Q5 lineup including a platinum gray Singleframe grille, aluminum housings for the side mirrors, an S model rear roof spoiler and 20-inch polished wheels.
The 2018 Audi SQ5 sits on a wheelbase that measures 111.2-inches with an overall length of 183.9-inches (about an inch over the outgoing model). The width of the Audi SQ5 stretches to 84.3-inches with the height that stands at 65.3-inches.
Overall, we think Audi did an exceptional job at redesigning the new 2018 Audi Q5 and giving the Audi SQ5 a little bit of an edge over the base models. When compared to its other high-performance crossover opponents, the 2018 Audi SQ5 stands out with razor-sharp looks.
2018 Audi SQ5 Interior
We absolutely adore Audi interiors. Every aspect, every button, and every panel you touch feels as if it was built with the highest-quality material. Audi has always built some of the best interiors and that story continues with the 2018 Audi SQ5 and other Q5 models.
The 2018 Audi SQ5 comes standard with a long list of technology features including 7-inch MMI infotainment display, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth, two USB ports, heated leather seats, tri-zone climate control, and much more. Our test model, the 2018 Audi SQ5 Prestige came with a range of extra features including Audi’s amazing new virtual cockpit and head-up display with navigation, an upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system, and an upgraded 8.3-inch screen for the MMI system. You can literally spend days learning and playing with all the tech that is available inside the 2018 Audi SQ5 so if you plan on picking one up, we suggest setting aside a couple of hours to familiarize yourself with all the cool and hidden features.
Interior space wise, the 2018 Audi SQ5 and Q5 come with 41-inches of legroom for front row passengers and 37.8-inches of legroom for rear passengers. Cargo volume comes in at 26.8 cubic feet with the rear seats in user position and 60.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded.
Overall, the interior of the 2018 Audi SQ5 strikes a comprehensive balance between being sports oriented and staying faithful to Audi’s sophisticated and quality built cabins.
2018 Audi SQ5 Performance
Time to have some fun! The 2018 Audi SQ5 is powered by a 3.0-liter TFSI twin-scroll turbocharged V6 that produces 354 horsepower and a peak torque of 369 lb-ft. The engine is coupled with an eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission that allows the SQ5 to run from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.
To further intensify performance, the optional S sport package also adds a sport adaptive air suspension, which lowers vehicle height by 30 mm. Drivers can also pick between four driving modes including comfort, auto, dynamic and individual. If that doesn’t make the 2018 Audi SQ5 sport enough for you, Audi also offers a dynamic steering system which variably adjusts the steering ratio based on vehicle speed and the Audi drive select setting.
Fuel economy wise, the 2018 Audi SQ5 offers an EPA-rated 19/24 mpg* (city/highway).
The overall performance dynamics of the 2018 Audi SQ5 are utterly astounding. This thing pounces when you step on the gas pedal and handles like a sports car around tight turns. However, if you just want to go for a comfortable long cruise, you have the ability to do so depending on your settings.
2018 Audi SQ5 Safety
The driver assist technologies in the 2018 Audi SQ5 are outstanding. Our Audi SQ5 Prestige model came with the parking system plus with top view camera system and the Driver Assistance Package. The package adds on adaptive cruise control, active lane keep assist, automatic high beam, traffic sign recognition, blind spot monitoring, and much more.
2018 Audi SQ5 Overall
If you’re in the market for a high-performance crossover, then we highly recommend taking the 2018 Audi SQ5 for a test drive. The performance and the tech options alone will fascinate you and the starting price tag of $54,300** isn’t bad when compared to its competitors. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated Audi dealer for a test drive today.
*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.