The first Audi S model to be equipped with a diesel engine, the SQ5 TDI packs 309bhp and 479lb ft
Matt Burt
15 June 2012

Audi has revealed its first S model equipped with a diesel engine, the Audi SQ5 TDI. The car was unveiled as part of the Ingolstadt manufacturer's build-up to tomorrow's Le Mans 24 Hours.

The SQ5 TDI, which is the top model in Audi's recently revised Q5 model series, is powered by a 2967cc, twin-turbo V6 that produces 309bhp and 479lb ft of torque between 1450 and 2800rpm.

The Audi SQ5 TDI, which has permanent quattro four-wheel drive and an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, covers 0-62mph in 5.1sec and goes on to a limited top speed of 155mph. Fuel consumption is a claimed 39mpg on the combined cycle.

Engine components such as the cylinder heads, intake cam shafts, pistons and piston pins have all been optimised for high performance in the SQ5. The sound of the engine is modulated and enhanced by means of a sound actuator in the exhaust system.

Sports suspension lowers the body of the SQ5 by 30mm compared to the standard Q5. It rides on 20in wheels fitted with 255/45 tyres as standard, but 21in wheels are an option.

Cosmetic tweaks include black brake calipers sporting 'S' badges on the front axle. The front end gets a platinum grey single-frame grille with galvanised double bars in an aluminium-look finish, a roof spoiler, modified bumpers and aluminium-look mirror frames. The model will be offered in crystal-effect blue or black paint finishes.

The interior has black trim with power-adjustable sport seats in Nappa leather and Alcantara. Leather upholstery in a choice of four colours is available as an option.

The instrument dials are grey and include a 3D-design S badge and white needles. The pedals and gear shift paddles have an aluminium-look finish. Other interior touches include the S gear lever knob, S badges on the door sill trims, the start button and a specially shaped steering wheel.

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The Audi SQ5 TDI will go on sale in the first quarter of 2013, with the UK order book opening in October. Audi UK says the price will be "circa £45,000".

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15 June 2012

On all counts. For me.

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

15 June 2012

I'm not a great fan of SUV's but a car that's faster than my zed, seats five and does 40 mpg, really what's not to like

15 June 2012

a) It's an Audi

b) It's ugly

c) It's an Audi

With possibly a fourth reason . . . it's an Audi.

15 June 2012

The engine is '2967cc', not '2976cc'. Sorry to have to be pedantic. As for the car, it's vile. Hideous. An X3 with the '35d' engine would be preferable. Cheaper, better looking, more economical and, well, just better.

16 June 2012

You'd buy the BMW for aslightly softer ride and rear passenger space. You'd buy the Audi for more space in the front . Sits very low, wouldn't want to hit a speed hump in this, but performance is good. I love Audi's but would take the Bimmer instead.

16 June 2012

Id rather an X3 thanks with a 35D engine, also the new BMW diesels would slaughter this, yes i know they have 3 turbos and this has to, but still. Id say with sport suspension this would ride quite hard unless on a smooth road, not my cup of tea, if i wanted something to go round corners id buy a fast saloon or coupe not an SUV

16 June 2012

Can't argue with the performance. Interested to hear how much of a difference the sound symposer makes. Even the LeMans diesels don't sound particularly sporty.

Autocar; how about JE Evoque diesel with 240PS vs this vs the obligatory BM test?

16 June 2012

Whats not to like?


its tall

its diesel

its compulsory auto

it has 20 inch wheels (or 21s! for the softer in the head)

In fact just about the only reason i dont hate it, is because its an Audi. Stick any badge on it and i would still hate it.

16 June 2012

... about the auto. Automatic transmission is killing the driving pleasure for me.


16 June 2012

zetapiscium wrote:

... about the auto. Automatic transmission is killing the driving pleasure for me.


Just got my first auto and I love it. Sure, a manual is better for a back road blast, but back in the real world for the other 99.9% of the time, I'll keep my auto.


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