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Quick Take: 2015 Audi SQ5

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author photo by Will Kinton February 2017

Despite the fact that it's fairly pointless to own a performance luxury SUV in Los Angeles, the 2015 Audi SQ5 is still an amazing piece of machinery that I'd love to own. I love fast SUVs, and the SQ5 is a lot of fun to drive -- while remaining highly comfortable and loaded with luxury appointments.

While much of Los Angeles is the definition of urban sprawl, I was able to get outside the city a bit, to some of the hilly and twisty roads, so I could see the SQ5's staggering capabilities. First of all, it's fast. There's something fantastically unnatural about driving a vehicle that weighs more than two tons and does 0-to-60 in a little more than 5 seconds (courtesy of a wonderful supercharged V6 that sends 354 horsepower and 346 lb-ft. of torque to all four wheels). My passengers were taken off guard every time I hit the throttle.

On the twisty roads above LA, I never once felt like I wasn't in control, despite the SQ5's taller center of gravity. Body roll is minimal, and the steering felt responsive. The SQ5 has an adjustable suspension that solidifies the ride when the road allows, even if the comfort setting isn't all that comfortable on potholed streets.

Inside, the SQ5 is very well equipped. The one I drove was a "Premium Plus" model with almost every option, including a Bang & Olufsen stereo, navigation with Bluetooth, comfortable leather sport seats and a panoramic sunroof. Audi's MMI system was incredibly complex, and I didn't come close to having enough time to explore every menu and option. You'd need several hours to figure it out.

If you're in the market for a performance SUV, the SQ5 is a serious contender. It may not be as quick as other performance SUVs, but it's also a bit cheaper, at $53,300 -- substantially less than other high-end models like the BMW X5M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo. On the used market, the SQ5 can be an even better deal: there are currently 174 used models available across the country on Autotrader, with an average price of $45,187 -- including many with reasonable mileage priced under $40,000. Considering 2018 will bring a new Q5 (and, presumably, a new SQ5), those prices may start to fall even more.

All in all, the SQ5 is a great execution of practicality, luxury and performance, making it a lot of car for the money. I'd highly recommend checking out the SQ5 if you're in the market for a family car with a little pizzazz.

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