Will the 2018 Audi SQ5 threaten genuine sports cars?

It’s quite obvious that SUVs are becoming the must-have vehicle in modern day America. In fact, if you have an SUV, you’re automatically better than everyone else that doesn’t. At least, that’s what SUV drivers think. So more and more customers are foregoing sedans and, especially, wagons for taller, more commanding SUVs. While we all though this was just for the average soccer mom, SUVs are now taking over sports cars as well. With the advent of performance SUVs, many customers look at them as a better alternative to sports sedans. Why buy a sport sedan when you can get similar performance and more practicality? That’s what customers feel, anyway. The 2018 Audi SQ5 is just the latest SUV in this trend and has a real chance of overcoming cars like the Audi S4 in terms of sales.

Under the hood of the Audi SQ5 is the same 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 as the S4 and S5. That means it makes 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque and can get from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. While that’s not as fast as the S4 or S5, it’s not far off. Plus, it packs more comfort, space and practicality. So is it worth buying over the S4? For most customers, it’s every bit as sporty as they’d need.

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According to ARS Technica, the Audi SQ5 is fast, comfortable and practical. Though, they do admit that it’s not the sharpest handling car and has sluggish turn-in for a sports car. It is a 4,400 lb SUV, so it’s never going to be as nimble as an Audi S4. Though, it’s more than enough for most customers and that’s the scary part. For most buyers, the SQ5, with the same engine as the S4 but more space, will be the more attractive package.

There are some things that annoy, admittedly. The fake exhaust tips are incredibly frustrating. What seem like rectangular exhaust sticking out of the back of the SQ5’s rear bumper are actually just black plastic bits. The rear exhausts are actually behind them, sticking down from the muffler. Saying that’s a bit of a disappointment is an understatement and, frankly, ridiculous on such an expensive and, supposedly, sporty car. C’mon, Audi, you can do better than that.

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Will the Audi SQ5 convince normal Q5 buyers to make the almost $13,000 jump? Probably not, to be honest. However, for the Audi S4 buyer, someone who wants something sporty, it could pose an interesting alternative. Its extra space, practicality and very small performance deficit might make it more attractive than the S4 to buyers with a family. While that’s not really a problem, it does show that the sport sedan might not be long for this world.

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.