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2024 Audi SQ5 review

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Audi SQ5 highlights

Customer rating

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Pros

  • Impressively supple ride for a sporty SUV
  • Plenty of space for passengers
  • Luxurious and tech-forward interior design
  • Sharp handling

Cons

  • Engine makes less power than some competitors
  • Hard to differentiate it from the standard Q5 at a distance
  • Touchscreen interface can be distracting to operate

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 24 highway, 21 combined

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The 2024 Audi SQ5 is a sporty yet luxurious SUV

The Audi SQ5 is a compact luxury SUV. It is based on the Audi Q5, but the S (as in sport) designation adds several upgrades, such as a powerful 349-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine, an adaptive suspension that adjusts the ride and handling based on the selected driving mode, larger wheels and performance tires for improved grip in corners, and bigger brakes for greater stopping capability. A sleeker SQ5 Sportback variant is reviewed separately.

An S Sport option package adds an adaptive air suspension with a lower ride height and a sport differential that can split power between the rear wheels to enhance the vehicle's performance on winding roads. Inside, the SQ5 adds sport seats, a sport steering wheel, and special trim pieces.

For 2024 there are a few additions to the standard equipment on the 2024 Audi SQ5. This includes active lane centering, a heated steering wheel, and remote engine start via the myAudi app.

All Audi SQ5 years

5 reasons to buy the 2024 Audi SQ5

What We Like 

  • Handling: Earning the S part of its name, the SQ5 is nimble and enjoyable to drive. It offers superb agility and control. Its summer tires deliver more than enough handling for a public road, and its stability control gives the driver more freedom than the standard Q5. These attributes also pay dividends in making evasive maneuvers easier to perform. 

  • Ride comfort: Despite its sporty intentions and large 21-inch wheels, the SQ5 doesn't compromise ride quality for its added performance. This is especially true with the available adaptive air suspension. It provides an excellent balance between firm and tight in the Dynamic setting but is soft and compliant during typical driving. The side cushions on the sport seats are supportive and keep you in place during cornering, but aren't intrusive during the daily commute. 

  • Technology: The central touchscreen and digital instrument panel both feature high-resolution displays and are responsive to commands. Audi's driver-assistance tech performed well, with the well-calibrated adaptive cruise control being the standout feature. It takes the frustration out of stop-and-go highway traffic, and you can configure how aggressively it slows the vehicle down. The available top-view camera system makes parking a breeze, and the blind-spot monitoring system is effective. 

What Needs Improvement 

  • Voice controls: Audi's voice recognition is competent, but it will only follow specific prompts, so you'll need to learn those. The system won't reply to a request for a SiriusXM channel, for example, but it will find station names. Other vehicle entertainment systems handle this better. The alternative would be to use either Android Auto or Apple CarPlay®, both of which are supported.

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Ratings & reliability

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RepairPal gave the Audi SQ5 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks Audi SQ5 23rd out of 29 among Luxury Midsize SUVs.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Audi SQ5 is $949, compared to an average of $642 for Luxury Midsize SUVs and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, Audi SQ5 owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.1 times per year, compared to an average of 1.4 times for Luxury Midsize SUVs and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 21% for the Audi SQ5, compared to an average of 13% for Luxury Midsize SUVs and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

Audi SQ5 features and specs

Premium Plus 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather & Suede Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size

3.0L

Horsepower

349

Torque (ft-lbs)

369

Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity

18.5

Wheelbase

111"

Overall length

184.3"

Width

74.5"

Height

65.5"

Leg room

F 40.9"/R 38"

Head room

F 38.1"/R 37.7"

Front tires

P255/45WR20

Rear tires

P255/45WR20

Seating capacity

5

Max towing capacity

440/4400 lbs.

Transmission

Automatic

2024 Audi SQ5 FAQ


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