Earlier this year I spent a week with the next generation Audi SQ5. Was I blown away with this high-performance compact SUV?
Eh, not so much, for a number of reasons some of which can be pegged on the unseasonably cold weather during that test week. But this regular Q5 with the more plebeian 2.0-liter turbo? Now this is impressive.
First off, it’s obviously less expensive and more fuel efficient; a savings of about $10k and 4mpg. Secondly, this one has that super soft, luxurious, quiet ride about it that’s both more mature and satisfying. And the other big takeaway from the Q5 is how user friendly the experience can be, most notably when spec’d in Prestige form where comfort and convenience parlay into a warm and fuzzy car to driver relationship.
Pricing starts at just below $44,000 including destination for a base Q5 Premium while this Prestige model highlighted by its standard adaptive cruise control with stop and go including lane assist for rush hour relaxation, power adjustable steering column, an enriched B&O 19-speaker sound system with immersive acoustics, an easy-to-read head-up display and a surround view camera that’ll make you a parking hero comes in at $58,440 with nearly every available option.
No matter which Q5 you choose, it’ll be powered by the segment staple; a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo producing 248 horsepower and a lively 273 pound feet of torque working through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission driving all 4 wheels. This latest version of quattro, with what Audi calls ultra technology, is designed to preserve fuel economy by decoupling the rear axle until the car’s computers determine the rear tires need to join in. And my gas mileage was right on point, averaging a noteworthy 25mpg on premium.