The Macan Turbo was a sub-5.0sec-to-60mph prospect even before Porsche got around to adding the Performance Pack’s extra 40 horses, and our timing gear has already revealed that Mercedes-AMG is right to claim something beginning with a ‘4’ for its new GLC43.
The mid-sized performance SUV is clearly getting quicker. And that’s the backdrop against which Audi is pushing this SQ5 out into the limelight – unfortunately, with a quiet admission that the new SQ5’s petrol engine isn’t quite as potent as the old car’s BiTDI motor was, and so we can expect the new car to be 0.3sec slower to 62mph than the one we Brits have just waved goodbye to. It’s not the most auspicious start for any performance machine.
The SQ5 feels brisk and what its engine gains relative to that of the outgoing car in terms of combustive range and audible richness may well be worth more to some people than what it has lost in outright torque. Still, this Audi isn’t about to blow anyone’s mind with its outright pace. It’s a car with a familiar mix of speed, flexibility and refinement that you’ll find in most modern Audi S-badged cars, engineered to give up the last fraction of the dynamism it might have had in return for a healthy dose of luxuriousness.