Truly enjoyable to drive, regardless of the fact that it's a crossover; high-quality interior; excellent V6
Advanced driver aids are only available as options in the top trim
Just like its regular sibling, the SQ5 is brand-new for this model year, marking the start of its second generation.
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.
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.).
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||1 Years/10,000 Miles|
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.