2018 Audi SQ5 quick test by Autoweek

Audi’s second-gen SQ5 is a car that’s garnering quite a lot of attention as of late. It’s the second-generation of the Audi SQ5 and, on paper at least, it’s better than its predecessor in every single way. It’s more powerful, faster from 0-60 mph, has far better technology and is more dynamically capable. Some actually say it’s not as good as its predecessor. Still, though, it’s hard to argue with a car that can do so much so well.

In this recent quick test by Autoweek, we take a look at what makes the Audi SQ5 so impressive.

Under its hood, there’s a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 engine that makes 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. That engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic and powers a sport-tuned Quattro all-wheel drive system. All of that helps it get from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds, which is pretty quick for an SUV.

It also gets a serious interior and technology overhaul over the previous-gen car. The cabin is lovely, with supreme technology and luxury. Though, its exterior isn’t as lovely. While handsome and premium looking, it’s a bit boring. You know what it doesn’t look like? A Pacer. Apparently, a woman at a gas station told Autoweek editor Wes Raynal that the SQ5 he was driving looked like a Pacer. Woman was off her meds.

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The first-generation Audi SQ5 was a very interesting car. It was the first of its kind and sported a supercharged V6 in Audi’s smallest SUV. Now, we’re sort of used to the idea, so it doesn’t seem as odd. So maybe it’s just our being jaded that makes the new, second-gen Audi SQ5 seem a bit bland compared to the last one. However, it’s still a great car and one that offers impressive performance in a handsome, luxurious and techno-filled package.

Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.