The SQ5 is the quickest version of Audi’s compact Q5 crossover available in North America. Audi’s last full redesign of the Q5 line was in 2018.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
For 2021, the SQ5 (along with the Q5, which is covered in a separate buyer’s guide entry) gets a styling refresh that brings new lights, bumpers and wheels, plus a revised grille. There are also a few new standard features.
Audi offers the SQ5 in Progressiv and Technik trim levels. Both are powered by a 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine matched with an eight-speed transmission and AWD.
Progressiv trim’s exterior wears 20-inch wheels and performance tires, an adaptive damping suspension, LED headlights, a hands-free power tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, dynamic LED taillights, passive keyless entry, and heated/power-folding/auto-dimming side mirrors.
Inside, Progressiv comes with power front seats with lumbar, Nappa leather upholstery, cruise control, three-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a 10-speaker stereo, lighted door sills, rear-seat USB charging (new for 2021), a heated/leather-trimmed steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror with toll transponder (new for 2021), and a panoramic sunroof.
Tech features include satellite radio, navigation in a 10.1-inch touch display, a garage door remote, wireless Apple CarPlay (new for 2021), and a digital gauge cluster.
The SQ5’s standard safety kit comprises front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning (new for 2021), automatic high beams, city-speed forward collision intervention, rear cross traffic alert, and tire pressure monitoring.
Technik trim adds LED matrix headlights with washers, 21-inch wheels, and taillights with dynamic animation, all of which are new for 2021. Other Technik features carried over from last year are a power-adjustable steering column, top-view camera, a Bang & Olufsen stereo, heated/cooled cup holders, ambient interior lighting, and heated rear seats.
An advanced driver assistance package adds adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, traffic sign recognition, all-speed forward collision intervention, active lane assist, traffic congestion assist, and hands-on detection (new for 2021).
The comfort interior pack brings ventilated front seats, rear door sun shades, and upgraded leather upholstery.
Audi’s list of stand-alone options includes organic LED taillights, park assist, and a sound-enhancing exhaust system, all of which are new for 2021. Carried over from 2020 are air suspension and wireless smartphone charging.
Audi’s fuel consumption estimates for the SQ5 are 13.1/9.9 L/100 km (city/highway).
Audi doesn’t offer a Q5 to compete with the most potent crossovers from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche. Instead, the SQ5 lines up with mid-range models from those brands: the BMW X3 M40i, the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43, and Porsche’s Macan S.
You can get similar performance from Volvo in the XC60 T6.
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