What is it?
This SQ5 is the hottest version of Ingolstadt’s recently renewed Q5 SUV, providing less weight, slightly more rear seat room, improved powertrains and the latest suite of electronic driver aids.
The petrol V6 is extensively revised from the previous version, which wasn't sold in the UK (only the diesel was available). The supercharger on the old petrol has been traded for a twin-scroll turbocharger, with pre-boost plumbing cutting lag, while Audi’s so-called B cycle valve timing allows for an economy-improving compression ratio increase. In fact, power remains unchanged, but there’s 22lb ft more torque which, along with a 35kg weight reduction, yields a 0.8mpg fuel consumption improvement and a 10g/km fall to 189g/km of CO2 - although, again, that's a comparison to an engine not previously sold in the UK.
The turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol SUV will accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.4sec, and eventually reach an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Eight automatically selected gears will get you there and, as expected, quattro all-wheel drive dispenses 349bhp and 369lb ft of torque.
Air suspension, variable ratio dynamic steering and a sport differential can be ordered to make better use of its zest, and a V6 diesel SQ5 is on the way. The performance of that engine will provide a more relevant comparison to UK buyers.