The Audi SQ5 is a performance variant of the brand's Q5 compact crossover. It's a relatively new addition to the model line, added five years after the Q5's introduction in 2009.
What's New / Key Changes from Last Year
For 2020, the SQ5 carries over with some new equipment, detailed below in the standard features section.
Audi offers the SQ5 in Progressiv and Technik trim; it leaves out the regular Q5's entry-level Komfort package. All SQ5 models use a 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine, eight-speed transmission and Quattro AWD.
New items for 2020 are a first aid kit, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, the virtual cockpit digital gauge cluster, pre-sense city forward collision avoidance assist and pre-sense rear collision mitigation.
SQ5 Progressiv exterior features include 20-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, LED headlights and taillights, aluminum roof rails, front and rear parking sensors, hands-free tailgate operation, passive keyles entry, LED all-weather lights, automatic engine stop/start, and power-folding/auto-dimming side mirrors.
Inside, the SQ5 Progressiv comes with navigation, an 8.3-inch infotainment display, power-adjustable front seats with lumbar and driver memory, cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, an integrated garage door opener, three-zone automatic climate control, smartphone interface with USB input, drive modes, a 10-speaker stereo, aluminum inlays, a heated steering wheel, Audi Connect services, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Nappa leather upholstery, 7.0-inch colour driver info display, and Bluetooth.
SQ5 Progressiv safety features comprise front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, a first aid kit, rain-sensing wipers and auto on/off headlights, automatic high beams, rear-door child safety locks, city-speed forward collision avoidance, rear collision mitigation, and tire pressure monitoring.
For 2020, Technik trim adds a power-adjustable steering column, and further brings a B&O 3D sound system, 360-degree exterior camera views, heated/cooled cupholders, exit warning, customizable ambient interior lighting, and heated rear seats.
Both trims can be optioned with a comfort interior package of ventilated front seats and rear-door sunshades.
Also offered on Progressiv and Technik models is an advanced driver assistance package of adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, full-speed forward collision avoidance, active lane assist and traffic congestion assist.
Audi's fuel consumption estimates for the SQ5 are 12.7/10.0 L/100 km (city/highway).
With the SQ5, Audi competes with a specific subset of upscale compact crossovers. Those include the BMW X3 M40i, the Lexus RX F-Sport, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, the Volvo XC60 T6, and the Porsche Macan S.
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