The SQ5 sits in the middle of Audi's Q-badged SUV range as the mid-sized option, and boasts enhanced performance when compared to the standard Q5 alternative. On top of up-rated performance there are various design tweaks to separate the stunning 'S' variant.
One look at the SUV lets you know that it's a very special creation from the renowned German firm. It gets unique 'S' body styling characterised by a platinum grey grille with SQ5 logo, plus a pair of twin oval exhaust pipes finished in elegant chrome. The detail complements aluminium-effect door mirror housings and contrasts with branded black brake callipers found behind 20-inch alloy wheels.
Take your seat in the cabin and the appeal of the model grows. The electrically adjustable front seats are finished in Nappa leather and include SQ5 embossing, with leather door armrests a subtle yet welcome addition. The three-spoke leather steering wheel holds buttons for control of the various infotainment functions, which passengers in the front and rear can fully engage with. Behind the supportive rear bench seat is a 540-litre boot, which grows to 1,560 litres when it's folded away to create a flat storage bed.
Cutting-edge technology underpins Audi's success and extends beyond its many powertrain developments. Innovation is found inside the SQ5's cabin with features including an Audi Concert radio with a 6.5-inch colour display, AUX input, and an SD card reader. Digital radio stations can be accessed through the DAB radio and controlled using the Multi Media Display, while a Bluetooth® interface enables you to receive phone calls safely and legally. For optimum comfort no matter the outside temperature, deluxe triple-zone climate control is also fitted at no extra cost.
Hidden under the bonnet is more leading Audi technology - the SQ5's 3.0-litre BiTDI quattro diesel engine. The solid six-cylinder unit boasts 309bhp and 650Nm of torque which is delivered to the road with the help of an excellent eight-speed tiptronic gearbox. The result is a 0-60mph time of approximately 5.1 seconds, yet the SUV is surprisingly frugal too, thanks to the addition of an automatic start/stop system. It helps the model return up to 41.5mpg combined and bring running costs down.
The SQ5 looks strong and well-equipped to protect it occupants, and achieves this by combining various active and passive features. Notable examples include an Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with hill descent assist which works whether on or off-road, plus rear parking sensors and a rest recommendation system. Front side airbags deploy in the event of a collision, with younger passengers held safely in their seats by ISOFIX anchor points.
All of the SQ5's many strengths can be explored first-hand with a test drive from John Clark Audi. Enquire directly with our Aberdeen or Dundee dealership to schedule your slot at the wheel soon.