In America, hot SUVs are, as Ron Burgundy would say, sort of a big deal. Us ‘Mericans loves fast luxury crossovers that have sports car powertrains and aggressive looks. Will we ever use their capabilities or even ever need such a vehicle? No and no. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love them. Audi was one of the first brands to realize this and the Audi SQ5 is now in its second generation. So how does the new hot-crossover from Audi do in the real world? The Fast Lane Car finds out.
This new video review goes over a lot of what the Audi SQ5 is, what it can do and how good it is. Most enthusiasts scoff at the idea of a fast SUV, because they’re usually compromised at being both fast and SUVs. However, the SQ5 seems to excel at both and is a very impressive vehicle. Under the hood of the Audi SQ5 is the same 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 as the Audi S4. It also makes the same 354 hp and is paired with the same eight-speed automatic. All SQ5 models come with Quattro all-wheel drive as standard but an optional sports rear differential spices things up a bit. When you put it all together, Audi claims it can get from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. In the video, Roman Mica tests that for the viewer to time. I clocked it at 5.5 seconds but maybe I was a bit slow on the trigger.
More importantly than speed, though, is whether or not the SQ5 is any fun to drive. According to Roman, it is fun and more fun than we might expect. That sports differential really helps keep the SQ5 sharp through corners and will help to reduce understeer, something that a crossover as heavy as the SQ5 could use. Plus, its air suspension can lower the car quite a bit, giving it a lower center of gravity and making it handle a bit sharper.
Inside, the cabin is lovely, is filled with rich materials and has some of the best tech on the planet. Those diamond-stitched seats look fantastic, the flat-bottomed steering wheel looks properly sport and the build quality is superb. The Virtual Cockpit is also one of the coolest aspects of any car interior on the market.
It seems as if Roman likes the Audi SQ5 overall. It’s fast, fun, good looking and very versatile. The only real knock against it is the price, which starts at $54,300 but can quickly balloon over the $60,000 mark and start to get out of hand. At $54,000, it’s actually quite a lot of car for the money. Hell, even at $60,000, it’s a lot of car for the money. But when it gets closer to the $70,000 range, you’re into Audi Q7 Prestige territory and that’s where it starts to fall down. So if you keep the option list under control, which isn’t hard considering how well equipped the SQ5 is as-standard, you can have a jack-of-all-trades SUV that looks the business and has a great interior.