2018 Audi SQ5

Original MSRP Range
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
19 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
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2018 Audi SQ5

What We Like

Truly enjoyable to drive, regardless of the fact that it's a crossover; high-quality interior; excellent V6

What We Don't

Advanced driver aids are only available as options in the top trim


Expert Rating

4.8/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5


What's New in the 2018 Audi SQ5?

Just like its regular sibling, the SQ5 is brand-new for this model year, marking the start of its second generation.

Which SQ5 is the Best?

If your heart is set on the larger 21-in wheels, take a test drive first to make sure they don't affect ride quality too adversely for your tastes. It might be an idea to add the adaptive air suspension for the broader spectrum of sportiness and comfort it provides. The Virtual Cockpit is also worth the extra expense.

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How Much Does a 2018 Audi SQ5 Cost?

The 5-seater 2018 Audi SQ5 luxury/performance compact crossover comes in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels.

The Premium Plus ($55,275) has 20-inch alloy wheels, a sport suspension, aluminum roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, heated/self-dimming/power-folding mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, heated windshield-washer nozzles, full LED exterior lighting, keyless entry/ignition, hands-free tailgate release, a tilt-telescopic flat-bottom steering wheel, a self-dimming rearview mirror with a digital compass, heated/12-way power-adjustable front seats with driver's-side memory settings, tri-zone automatic climate control, ambient LED cabin lighting, leather/Alcantara (synthetic suede) seating surfaces, a leather-wrapped shift knob, Drive Select (providing adjustment for steering, transmission and throttle responses), slide/recline/split/fold (40/20/40) rear seats, forward-collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and Exit Assist, a garage door opener, parking sensors front and rear, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone connectivity/music streaming, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, the MMI infotainment system with a 7-in display, voice control, a 10-speaker/180-watt audio setup, a CD/MP3 player, two USB ports, two SD card slots, AM/FM/satellite radio and HD Radio.

The Prestige ($59,475) adds the Virtual Cockpit (a 12.3-in configurable driver information display, including a Sport mode), navigation, a touchpad with handwriting recognition, a head-up display, Wi-Fi, a top-view camera system and a Bang & Olufsen 19-speaker/755-watt audio upgrade.

Some standard features in the Prestige model are optional in the Premium Plus.

An S Sport package brings a sport rear differential and an adaptive air suspension.

The Prestige trim is eligible for a Driver Assistance package that features adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assist (a partially autonomous system that steers and brakes in stop/go conditions up to 40 mph), active lane keeping, automatic high beams and road-sign recognition.

Other options include 21-in alloy wheels, variable-ratio steering, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, Nappa leather upholstery and manual sunshades for the rear side windows.

Maximum cargo space is 60.4 cu ft. With the rear seats in place, the luggage area measures 26.8 cu ft. That's OK, but not as good as in the BMW X3, for example (62.7/28.7 cu ft.).

SQ5 Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
SQ5 3.0 TFSI Premium Plus$54,300 / $50,5006 Cylinder Turbo35419 / 248-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD
SQ5 3.0 TFSI Prestige$54,300 / $50,5006 Cylinder Turbo35419 / 248-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD

Is the 2018 Audi SQ5 a Safe Car?

The SQ5 features standard stability control, 4-wheel antilock brakes, hill-descent control and six airbags (front, front side, full-length side curtain). Rear side airbags are optional.

The SQ5 has not been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but the regular 2018 Q5 has. NHTSA gave it a maximum 5-star overall rating, with top scores for front- and side-impact protection. The IIHS made the 2018 Q5 a Top Safety Pick after the vehicle took the top score of Good in all major categories.

Rollover Rating
5 Year Cost to Own

$65,223 ($0.87 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion12 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/Unlimited Miles
Maintenance1 Years/10,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Cold Weather Pkg
  • S Sport Pkg
  • Warm Weather Pkg
  • Lighting Pkg Plus
  • Prestige Pkg
  • Driver Assistance Pkg
  • Navigation Pkg
  • Winter Wheel & Tire Pkg


2018 Audi SQ5 vs the competition

2018 BMW X3 M40i -- For practicality and driving thrills, this 355-hp machine is a must-consider. If a little more individuality and sleekness is desired, check out the new-for-2019 X4 M40i.

2018 Mercedes-AMG GLC 43-- Available as a regular crossover or in fastback "coupe" style, the GLC 43 enjoys 362 hp.

2018 Jaguar F-PACE 35t R Sport -- Has a sublime suspension, a great supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine making 380 hp, and plenty of space.

2018 Porsche Macan S -- This 340-hp Porsche is not quite as roomy as the SQ5 (the roof slopes more), but it's a thrill to drive and the interior is beautiful.

Used BMW X5 M -- A monster of a machine for new SQ5 money. Have a look at BMW's certified pre-owned (CPO) program.

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