The SQ5’s driving experience confirms the same impression we got from the S5 Coupé: that it’s Audi’s intention with its modern breed of S-badged models to produce cars that are luxurious, inclusive, accessible and exciting.
To that list you can, of course, add ‘versatile’ and ‘capable’ where this particular newbie SUV is concerned.
And, just as the S5 did, the SQ5 leaves you with the sense that such a long and diverse list of dynamic qualities remains, even in 2017, a lot to expect of any new performance car; and that if Audi asked for less, it would probably get more.
Our test car had the optional air suspension and sport differential fitted, but did without active-ratio Dynamic Steering. Wider experience of Audi products would have suggested that our test car’s set-up may well be the optimal mechanical specification, and the SQ5’s generally quiet and composed ride, good body control, strong and stable grip level and broadly intuitive and natural-feeling steering bear that out.
With the Drive Select mode in Auto, the SQ5’s ride mixes compliance and control well and the car corners fluently and with decent precision. Comfort mode is useful in town and for laid-back long-distance covering.