Audi introduced the second generation of its compact luxury SUV or Q5 at the Paris Motor Show last year. Very soon this year at Detroit Auto Show Germans launched a hot version of it or 2018 Audi SQ5, so let’s see what’s new about it.
2018 AUDI SQ5 STYLING
The new Q5 brought an evolutionary style, and no one expected anything different, with a more serious fascia, due to the newer sharper headlights. S will bring subtle sporting clues, as always, with aluminum trim for grid slats, mirror casing, rear diffuser, followed by quad exhaust pipes and larger alloys. The standard model includes LED treatment for head and tail lights. The story is the same, and if you are in business like contained elegance, this is the place to go.
Interior Of 2018 AUDI SQ5
While the exterior moved little from the previous generation, the interior leaped forward. Do not be confused as the previous generation had incredibly well executed one, but when new A4 made its debut, the bar was raised higher. With S moniker you will get something more, in addition to badges, such as flat bottom steering wheel, special aluminum or carbon trim, and beautifully reinforced sport seats, which could possibly wear diamond-shaped seams.
You have the Audi MMI infotainment system supporting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, direct color display and Virtual Cockpit if you check it on the options list. You should check it out as it is the biggest technological thing with most new Audis and in SQ5 you will get the unique sport layout featuring the pulse indicator and the lap clock.
UNDER THE HOOD
We already knew what will happen under the hood when the new S4 starts. Audi took well-known 3.0-liter supercharged V6 and replaced the supercharger with a turbocharger. In the new SQ5, it provides the same output quantity as 354 hp, which is disappointing, as well as, exactly the same acceleration time of 5.1 seconds, but others are not.
When the turbocharger took over the role, powerband completely changed. We have 22 lb-ft of torque more, now at 369 lb-ft, and compact SUV can show grunt severe of only 1370 rpm, which is extremely more accessible than 4000 rpm before.
Like all Audis wearing S badges, they are faster and more comfortable than maniacs when cornering. We even have 8-speed automatic, which always respects some of your comforts and we have AWD claiming to be skewed back. You can opt for the Sport package and end up with rear differential capable of pushing the force only on a rear wheel, air suspension with sport adjustment settings, and the leveling height of the entire vehicle. In addition, you can also opt for dynamic direction to change direction reports, but none of this will turn it into Macan or F-Pace. In addition, the new powerband loses breath after 4500 rpm, clearly showing you its intention and reluctance at high speed.