2019 Audi SQ5

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Audi revamped the entire lineup of the SQ5 series of SUV's in 2018 and the 2019 Versions come with some more equipment and design changes. The SQ5 was one of the most selling SUV's in its class and with the Fresh Design and comprehensive set of features, Audi claims that the New SQ5 will build on the same. The 2019 Audi SQ5, gets a new trim namely the Premium Trim and follows the lines of the Q5. Power continues to be derived from a 3.0L Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection V6 Motor that develops 354hp and 369ft-lbs of Torque.


The SQ5 gets a stiffer suspension tune, chassis and improved steering responses when compared to the standard Q5 other than the Change in the Engine configuration and the bump in power. The SQ5 comes powered by Audi's Quattro AWD system that offers plenty of grip at high speeds and makes cornering fun. Prices for the SQ5 begin from $52,400 for the base prestige trim and goes over $62,100 for the top of the line prestige trim.

2019 Audi SQ5 Features

The 2019 Audi SQ5 comes in a total of 3 trims unlike the 2018 version, which only came with 2. The New addition comes in the form of the base Premium Trim which makes the SQ5, more affordable to the masses. All these trims come paired to Audi’s superb Quattro AWD system and there is no FWD/RWD option in any of them.

Trims

Premium

Premium Plus

Prestige

Price(AWD)

$52,400

$58,200

$62,100

Features

3.0L TFSI V6 with Quattro

Adds/Upgrades to “Premium”

Adds/Upgrades these to “Premium Plus”

 

20” 5 Double Spoke Star Design wheels with 255/45 summer performance tires

MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch and Audi Connect Prime and Plus

755W Bang and Olufsen Sound System with 3D Sound, 19 Speakers, 16 Channel Amplifier

 

LED Headlights

Audi Virtual Cockpit

Power Adjust Steering Column

 

5-Specific adaptive damping suspension and brake system

Audi Phone Box with Signal Booster, Wireless Charger

Top View Camera System and Park Assist System

 

 

Panoramic Sunroof

 Heads Up Display
 

Leather/Alcantara Interior

Audi Side Assist, Pre Sense with Rear Cross Traffic and Vehicle Exit Assist

Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam and Active Lane Assist

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The Prestige Trim justifies its high asking price with some luxurious and premium features like B&O audio, Power adjust steering column, HUD and more and hence, is the trim to choose.

2019 Audi SQ5 Engine

On twisty mountain roads, the 2019 SQ5 feels more like a sports sedan than a crossover SUV-KBB.com

Engine and Transmission

The 3.0L V6 Motor of the 2019 Audi SQ5 ranks as one of the most powerful motors in its class. It accelerates quickly and is able to deliver maximum torque at a low rev range. Audi’s famed TFSI tech allows for lower turbo lags and better power delivery down the rev range. On the other hand, the tried and tested Quattro AWD system ensures that the power generated from the Motor is properly orchestrated to all the 4 wheels depending on the situation and the demand.

Models

Audi SQ5 3.0L Premium AWD

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes Benz GLC 43 AMG*

Porsche Macan GTS*

MSRP

$53,395

$55,645

$57,245

$69,950

Engine

3.0L TFSI V6

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6 3.0L

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 3.0 L

Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6 3.0L

Transmission

8 speed DCT

8 Speed Auto

AMG-enhanced 9G-TRONIC 9-speed

7 Speed PDK

Horsepower

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355hp @ 5,500 rpm

362hp @ 5,500 rpm

360hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

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369 lb.-ft. @ 1,520 rpm

384 lb.-ft. @ 2,500 rpm

369 lb.-ft. @ 1,650 rpm

*-2018 Model used for reference

The 8-speed automatic transmission is smooth and swift in terms of shifting which delivers a great driving experience. The DSG unit is one of the Most Fastest shifters in the segment and has been tuned for even quicker responses in the SQ5.

Acceleration

The SQ5 delivers rapid acceleration from the smallest of throttle inputs. It goes from 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds and in the quarter mile race, the SUV achieves the feat in an astounding 13.5 seconds. The DSG adds to the quickness of the car because of low transmission losses and quicker shifts.

Models

Audi SQ5 Premium

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes Benz GLC 43 AMG*

Porsche Macan GTS*

0-60 MPH

5.1

4.6 sec

4.8 sec

5.0 sec

Quarter mile

13.5

13.4 sec

13.4 sec

13.6 sec

Engine

3.0L V6

3.0L

3.0L

3.0L

Curb Weight (lbs.)

N/A

4317

4145

4178

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.4

7.7

8.8

9.3

The BMW X3 M40i has the best acceleration in the lot takes just 4.6 seconds to reach the 60mph mark and completes the quarter mile drag in 13.4 seconds at 102mph. Even in terms of emission, the BMW X3 M40i is the most environment-friendly vehicle.

Ride and Handling

The ride experience of the SQ5 feels power-packed and agile and it manages to do it, while maintaining high comfort levels thanks to the air suspension system. The SUV has a good body control and has a great grip over the road. However, the steering might feel a bit less responsive in corners. Riding over uneven and bumpy surfaces won’t be an obstacle due to the marvelous ground clearance (8.2inches) of the SQ5 which is the largest in its class.

You can opt for the optional adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning to ease up the driving. The car offers 6 driving modes: Auto, Dynamic, Comfort, Individual, All road and Lift/Off-road. These numerous variations give the rider a lot of options to choose their most suitable adjustments as per their needs.

Braking

The 2019 Audi SQ5 brakes as well as quickly as it gathers pace. Courtesy of big brake rotors and a well-tuned ABS and ESC program, the SQ5 comes to a dead halt in no time. What is furthermore impressive is the fact there is little nose dive or loss of grip while braking and the ESC, makes the SUV’s tail and body maintain a linear path rather than leaving a wobbly trail of burnt rubber.

Model

Audi SQ5 Premium

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes Benz GLC 43 AMG *

Porsche Macan GTS*

Brake Front (in.)

13.3

13.7

14.2

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

13

13.5

12.6

13.0

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

109

N/A

112

Speaking of the competition, the rivals aren’t slouch either. All the SUV’s in this comparison are separated by each other by just 1ft of distance and that showcases the amount of importance, given to braking performance.

Towing Capacity

The average towing capacity in this class lies somewhere around 3,500 pounds. The SQ5 can pull as much as 4,400 pounds and that’s more than its own curb weight. The BMW matches the Audi in terms of the Towing capacity while the Mercedes and the Volvo can tow a max of 3500lbs each.

Model

Audi SQ5 Premium

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes Benz GLC 43 AMG*

Porsche Macan GTS*

Maximum Towing Capacity

4,400 lbs.

4,400 lbs.

3,500 lbs.

4,400lbs

2019 Audi SQ5 Fuel Economy

The 2019 Audi SQ5 shows a 10 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the previous gen model. The car is neither the best nor the worst in terms of mileage. The EPA has rated the car at 19/24/21mpg. Its rival, BMW X3 M40i has the best mileage rating in this segment and it’s rated at 20mpg for city, 27mpg for highway and has a combined mileage of 23mpg. 

Model

Audi SQ5 Premium

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes Benz GLC 43 AMG*

Porsche Macan GTS*

MPG (city)

19

20

18

17

MPG (highway)

24

27

24

23

MPG (combined)

21

23

2

20

Range (city/highway)

(miles)

N/A

354/478

383/418

337/455

Tank Capacity (gal)

N/A

17.7

17.4

19.8

The Porsche Macan offers the lowest MPG figures in this comparison while, the Merc manages to avoid major embarrassment by delivering a slightly higher MPG figure than the gas guzzling Porsche.

2019 Audi SQ5 Interior

The SQ5 provides enough room for four adults to get comfy and offers plenty of upscale features, even on the base Premium model-CarandDriver.com

Ergonomics and Comfort

The SQ5 has a seating capacity of 5 people. The leather seats are well contoured and provide a good support for comfortable long drives. The driver and the front seat passenger can get the precise seating position as per their requirements using the 12-way power adjustable front sport seats. The interior also has 4-way power adjustment lumbar support for front row. There is ample room for legs, knew and head. The front row is very spacious, so, getting in and out of the car is really easy. The rear row might get a bit congested but overall, Audi has plush and comfortable looking interiors.

Model

Audi SQ5 Premium AWD

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes Benz GLC 43 AMG*

Porsche Macan GTS*

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.7/57.7/41.0

40.0/57.6/40.3

37.8/57.3/40.8

N/A

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/56.5/37.8

38.5/56.0/36.4

38.5/56.5/37.3

N/A

The interior of the car feels spacious and the leather upholstered seats give the car a lavish vibe. The high tech virtual cockpit is easy-to-use. The controls are placed right and are responsive. Doorsill trim and aluminum inlayed dashboard screams expensive and all the detailing gives the car a luxurious feel.

Infotainment

As with all Audi Cars, the Infotainment system of the SQ5, comes loaded with features and doesn’t skip on the same, despite its performance focus build. These are some of the few features of the System

  • MMI Navigation Plus and All in Touch with Handwriting recognition technology
  • 755W 19 Speaker B&O audio system with 3D sound with 16 channel amplifier
  • 3” LCD Fully Digital Instrument Console
  • 3” MMI Center Infotainment Screen
  • Cruise Control with Coast, Resume and Accelerate feature
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play compatibility
  • HD/SiriusXM/INRIX XD Radio and Traffic system
  • SD Card slot with 64GB capacity
  • Heads Up Display with Navigation and Assistance System Info
  • Audi Pre Sense Basic and City
  • Home Link Garage Door opener
  • Bluetooth Connectivity and 2 USB ports
  • Audi advanced Key and Voice Control system

Interior Features

Like the Infotainment System, the Interiors of the 2019 SQ5 comes loaded with a plethora of features in it. Some of those include

  • 3 Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Leather Covered Center Console and Door armrest
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Tilt and Telescopic adjust steering with Paddle Shifters
  • High Gloss Dark Brown Walnut Wood Inlays
  • Auto Dimming RVM with Digital Compass
  • Ambient LED lighting
  • 8 Way heated and power Front seats with 4 way power lumbar adjust and memory for driver
  • Sliding, Split Folding 40/20/40 rear seatbacks with adjustable recline
  • Leather wrapped gear selector, center console and door armrest
  • One Touch Up/Down Power Windows

Cargo Capacity

The cargo volume of the SQ5 is not the biggest but it’s certainly not the worst. The SQ5 offers a generous 25.1 cubic feet of space and can further liberate more space, courtesy of the flat folding rear seats. There are plenty of small cargo hooks on offer for hanging those small packages while the Cargo area lamp, illuminates the same during dark times.

Model

Audi SQ5 Premium

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes Benz GLC 43 AMG*

Porsche Macan GTS*

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

25.1

28.7

19.4

17.7

2019 Audi SQ5 Exterior

This version is a little sharper on the corners, the nose is a little longer, and the grille is a little bigger, but it’s largely conservative-TheCarConnection.com

Design and Dimensions

The Audi SQ5 has a sporty yet classy exterior. The platinum gray single frame grille with the Audi logo placed in between gives the front an elegant look. The beautiful wavy shoulder-line flows from hood to tail. The 20 inch double-spoke star alloys add to the classy appearance of this luxurious SUV. The Sleek looking LED Headlights, add to the appeal of the SUV while the sharp lines running across the Body of the SQ5 gives it a sporty look.

Model

Audi SQ5 Premium

BMW X3 M40i

Mercedes Benz GLC 43 AMG*

Porsche Macan GTS*

Length(in)

183.6

185.9

183.5

185

Width(in)

74.5

74.4

74.4

76.1

Height(in)

65.3

66.0

64.1

63.4

Ground clearance (in)

8.2

8.0

6.7

7.2

Wheelbase (in)

111.0

112.8

113.1

110.5

Neither the longest nor the widest but the car has the largest ground clearance of 8.2 inches. The wheelbase of the car lies in the middle with a length of 111.2 inches. In contrast, Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic has the smallest ground clearance (6.7 inches) and the longest wheelbase (113.1 inches).

Exterior Features

The Audi SQ5 has been the leader in terms of innovations on offer and the exterior features on the 2019 SQ5 are a living testimony to the same. Following are some of the features of the exteriors of the 2019 Q5

  • 20” Alloy wheels
  • Full LED Automatic Headlights with Dynamic Range Adjustment
  • LED Taillights with Dynamic Turn Signals
  • Heated Windshield Washer Nozzles
  • Powered ORVM with Auto Dimming, Power folding, Heating Functions and Integrated LED Turn Indicators
  • Power Tailgate
  • Body Colored Roof Mounted Spoiler

2019 Audi SQ5 Safety

Audi doesn’t skip on the safety of its car and the 2019 SQ5 is no exception. The 2019 Audi Q5 packs in a lot of safety features as standard and Audi takes it a step forward with the advanced driver aids on offer. Some of the few safety features include

  • Front dual stage, seat mounted thorax airbags
  • Sideguard Head Curtain Airbags
  • ABS with EBD and Brake Assist
  • ESC with off road mode, secondary collision brake assist and Traction control
  • Anti-Theft Alarm with motion sensors and vehicle immobilizer
  • TPMS with Electronic Parking Brake
  • LATCH in rear seats with Integrated Child Door locks in rear doors
  • Hill Descent Control

2019 Audi SQ5 Competition

Audi Q5 vs BMW X3

The BMW has a slightly powerful engine when talking in terms of horsepower. The SQ5 is overshadowed by the BMW in terms of acceleration, cargo space and fuel economy. The BMW is costlier than the Audi but not by a big margin. The SQ5 however, outshines the BMW in the braking department. Of the 2, if driving is what your top priority, the BMW will suit your needs well. For everything else, there is the Audi.

Audi Q5 vs Mercedes Benz GLC

The engine of the Mercedes is a far refined and powerful unit than that of the SQ5. The Mercedes is quicker to accelerate but except acceleration, the SQ5 performs better in every field when compared to the AMG GLC 43 AMG. The SQ5 has better braking, better fuel economy and more cargo volume and towing capacity. Further, the SQ5 is cheaper than the Mercedes. The SQ5 here hence, clearly wins.

Audi SQ5 vs Porsche Macan GTS

The Porsche Macan GTS has the most minimal efficiency rating and least powerful brakes in the part. The Macan however, gathers pace much quickly than the Audi but falters in the braking department. Also, the Macan costs a fortune more than the SQ5. There is by all accounts positively no explanation behind purchasing the Macan GTS over SQ5.

2019 Audi SQ5 Final Verdict

Staying true to Audi’s name, The 2019 Audi SQ5 comes packed with performance and features, while not missing out on luxury. Its sport tuned suspension and chassis allows for fabulous stability around the corners while the ride, never gets spine crushing. In terms of the looks, the SQ5 scores high with its futuristic looking Headlights on the Outside and a superb Digital Display on the inside. Summing it up, if you want a performance SUV that gives you the performance that one expects from a SUV of this size while not compromising on features, luxury and comfort, the 2019 Audi SQ5 is one of the best SUV’s that you can get right now.

Pros

Confidence Inspiring Handling

Luxury laden Interiors

Better Interior Space than rivals

Cushy Ride despite the sport suspension tune

Cons

High Starting MSRP

Not the best performing SUV

What's New?

New “Premium” Trim

Standard Driver Assistance package on Prestige Trim

Black Optic Appearance package


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52400

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

horsepower

349 hp @ 5,400 rpm

torque

369 lb.-ft. @ 1,370 rpm

transmission

8-speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

183.9 in.

width

74.5 in.

height

65.3 in.

curb weight

4398 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/TBD/24 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2019 Audi SQ5 in Ibis White color  2019 Audi SQ5 in Glacier White Metallic color  2019 Audi SQ5 in Florett Silver Metallic color  2019 Audi SQ5 in Daytona Gray Pearl Effect color  2019 Audi SQ5 in Brilliant Black color  2019 Audi SQ5 in Azores Green Metallic color
Ibis White

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Audi SQ5 3.0T Premium quattro

3.0T Premium quattro

power
349-hp @ 5,400 rpm
fuel
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
mpg
21 combined

$52,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
3.0T Premium quattro 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8AM) Starting at $52,400 MSRP (19 mpg/21/24 mpg) 349-hp @ 5,400 rpm, 3 L, V6, Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
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8-speed automatic manual all wheel drive 5 NA

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