So we got a 2016 Audi SQ5
The Audi Q5 has been around externally unchanged since late 2008. That’s an eternity in car years, but the German carmaker has been keeping the line-up fresh with new engine options and trim levels. One of those is the SQ5, which is the quickest version of the Q5 you can currently get. It’s a little late in the year to test an outgoing model, considering our more “prominent journalists” have already driven the all-new Q5 model in Europe recently, but this is actually our first time behind the wheel of any Q5.
Audi has maintained a clean-cut corporate style that is found in the Q5 as well, but you’d be hard-pressed to identify the hotter SQ5 unless you’re familiar with ‘S’ styling cues such as the metallic mirror covers and maybe the wheel design.
Inside, it’s just as conservative, except for the seats, which are beautifully upholstered. The multimedia tech is relatively older compared to what is found in newer Audi models.
Space is pretty decent in this compact crossover, about as much as expected and perfectly fine for four adults and their luggage.
The SQ5 isn’t as aggressively-sporting as Audi’s RS models. There is no RS version of the Q5 however, so the SQ5 is more of an everyday fast car. More on that in the full review.