This current-gen Audi SQ5 is one of the more disappointing cars in Audi’s lineup. Not because it’s a bad car but because it doesn’t quite deliver on its potential. The SQ5 has all the right ingredients to be a great sporty SUV but somehow it lacks the requisite fizz to make it special and a lot of that comes from its lame-duck exhaust note. Thankfully, ECS Tuning has a fix.
Powering the Audi SQ5 is a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 with 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, which helps it hit 60 mph in 5.1 seconds. So it’s hot-hatch quick and yet never inspires hot-hatch excitement because it sounds so dull. However, ECS Tuning has released an X-Pipe upgrade over the SQ5’s stock resonator and it makes a world of a difference.
What’s nice about this upgrade is that it’s relatively simple, only costs a few hundred dollars and keeps the stock exhaust. That means you won’t wake your neighbors or look childish in front of your co-workers, as you could with an entirely new aftermarket exhaust. Instead, it only replaces the stock resonator, giving the Audi SQ5 a sportier growl. The best part is that it’s still sophisticated and subdued, so it’s never shouty. It just sounds… good.
According to ECS, it also keeps interior noise to a tolerable level. So it doesn’t drone or become unbearable inside the cabin, which so many aftermarket exhausts can do.
For any Audi SQ5 owners, this ECS Tuning upgrade is a no-brainer. We’re not sponsored by ECS or being paid to say this — it just makes so much sense. For less than the cost of two new tires, you can get a quick upgrade for your car’s exhaust that makes it sound significantly better, with no downside. Our biggest criticism of the SQ5 (aside from fake exhaust pipes) is its noise. So fix it with this inexpensive yet highly effective X-Pipe upgrade.