Auto Express tests Audi SQ5 vs Porsche Macan GTS

This new second-generation Audi SQ5 has gotten mixed reviews since it was released earlier this year. On one hand, it’s better looking, faster, more high-tech and more luxurious than the car it replaces. However, it’s also more dull and less exciting than its predecessor. So fans have been a bit mixed on the SQ5 and how it competes with some of its competition. So how does it stack up against the absolute best performance SUV in the segment, the Porsche Macan GTS? Auto Express finds out.

First, a little about both cars. Both are small-ish SUVs that boast turbocharged six-cylinder engines,automatic gearboxes and all-wheel drive. The Audi SQ5 uses a 3.0 liter turbo V6 that makes 354 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. It sends that power through the aforementioned auto ‘box to all four wheels via Quattro all-wheel drive. The Porsche Macan GTS uses a 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 355 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. It also uses a seven-speed dual-clutch auto and all-wheel drive.

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As for the SQ5, 0-60 mph happens in 5.3 seconds and it happens in 5.0 seconds flat in the Macan GTS. So, despite having a bit less power, the Macan is faster, thanks to weighing a bit less and having a snappier dual-clutch ‘box. Though, the SQ5 is no slouch and is actually a bit faster in-gear, thanks to its broader power curve.

However, in the twisties, the Porsche Macan GTS is simply far superior to the SQ5. The Audi is impressive, has good grip and is very fast. But its steering is too light and vague and its front end is nowhere near as communicative as the Macan’s. The Porsche feels more like a big sports car, rather than the SQ5 which feels like an SUV that’s been made to be sporty. There’s a very distinct difference.

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The Audi SQ5 is more comfortable, more practical and has better technology. However, this isn’t a competition of luxury SUVs, it’s a competition of performance SUVs. In that regard, the Porsche Macan GTS is the better car and wins the test.

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.