Audi Q5 & SQ5 review – sportified SUVs!

The new Q5 is a big improvement, and if you get the kids to school on time, take the SQ5

By Shahzad Sheikh

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The previous Audi Q5 was the best selling Audi SUV with 1.6 million shifted. They’re anticipating as much success with the new version having invested $1.3bn in a dedicated plant in Mexico. In fact I think they may need more than one plant. The old Q5 was worthy but dumpy, but the new version keeps the worthiness and add dynamism – and in the case of the SQ5 – like you wouldn’t believe.

Audi Q5 & SQ5

The Q5 starts at AED184k ($50k) and comes with a 2.0 TFSI putting out 252bhp with a 0-100kph time of 6.7 seconds – two-tenths quicker than before. It employs a 7-speed dual clutch auto.

Audi Q5 & SQ5

The SQ5 starts at AED249k ($68K) and uses a new 3.0 V6 Turbo to push out 354bhp for a 0-100kph time of 5.4 seconds, has permanent all-wheel drive and has an 8-speed Tiptronic. It also gets a bodykit.

Audi Q5 & SQ5

They’re both very practical and well thought-out and even the Q5 is a far better drive than before, doing a reasonable job of road-holding and getting on with getting on.

Audi Q5 & SQ5

The SQ5 is something of a wolf in mother sheep’s clothing though. It growls angrily, is astonishingly agile on its feet, is up for a race from the lights, serves up a dollop of thrust whenever you need it, and actually will make you giggle and laugh out loud with just how much fun it can be to peddle.

Audi Q5 & SQ5

So forget the Macan, get yourself in an Audi SQ5 if you’re in the market for a premium-level city-sized family-mover that’s got an hidden arsenal of firepower and moves like Jagger.

 

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