The 2021 SQ5 is one SUV that is ready to make a statement in the automotive world. The SQ5’s relatively smooth road manners, comfort features, and sweet-to-the-eyes kind of styling is something worth rubbing your hands for in anticipation. The feature-rich and hi-tech cabin is a sugar coat for SUV fans. But how is the performance of the Audi SQ5?
Performance and Transmission of the Audi SQ5
Under the hood, the SQ5 boasts 349-hp turbocharged V-6, which is a lot more power compared with its four-cylinder Q5 counterpart. It keeps everything simple with a single powertrain and Quattro all-wheel drive. The SQ5 has a firm steering wheel, which makes the driving all fun.
The SUV makes the 0 to 60 mph dash in 5.1 seconds, which is good, but not as good as the Mercedes-AMG GLC43. The powerhouse manages 4.3 seconds, which is quite outstanding. The SQ5 comes with a 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery for the optional plug-in hybrid with a range of 25 miles when running on electric.
But compared to its competitors such as the GLC-class and BMW X3 M, the SQ5 is underpowered. The eight-speed automatic transmission is not very effective and can be relatively slow in changing gears.
Its performance on the twisty roads is also wanting, especially if not equipped with the torque-vectoring rear differential. But this is not something to dampen the spirits of the SUV segment buyers whose primary focus is on comfort instead of top-shelf performance.
The sound of the SQ5 powertrain is a blend of excitement and satisfaction. The thrust thunders to attract the right kind of attention on the highway. Another thing that will curve up a smile on the driver is the SQ5’s fuel economy on the road, well, compared to its competitors. Of course, the 28 mpg over 200 miles is not so bad.