2019 Audi SQ5

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Audi SQ5 highlights

Customer rating


  • Athletic, enjoyable handling
  • Sharp modern interior layout
  • Generous passenger space


  • Unintuitive optional navigation system
  • Smartphone integration process needs improvement
  • Voice controls are finicky

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 24 highway, 21 combined

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Athletic, graceful, powerful, and beautiful: the 2019 Audi SQ5

In its second year of a new generation, Audi’s SQ5 maintains its appeal as an athletic, nimble crossover with excellent build quality. It’s powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 good for 349 horsepower, which is a 101-hp upgrade over the regular Q5. All-wheel drive is standard, as is an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Audi SQ5 was completely redesigned and reengineered for the 2018 model year, but that hasn’t stopped Audi from continuing to improve the model. For 2019, Audi added a Premium base trim below the Premium Plus and Prestige levels. The Premium trim is still comprehensively equipped and includes 20-inch wheels, adaptive dampers, LED headlights and taillights, a power liftgate, push-button ignition, selectable driving modes, and leather seating surfaces as standard.

All Audi SQ5 trims come standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integrated into an infotainment system that, unfortunately, is complicated to use. It’s a hiccup in an otherwise elegantly designed and comfortable interior.

All Audi SQ5 years

What is new for the 2019 Audi SQ5?

  • The SQ5 is available in a new trim called the Premium.
  • SQ5 trims have been upgraded with Panoramic Sunroof, Leather Seats, Automated Cruise Control, Automated Parking, Lane Departure Warning, and CD Audio as standard equipment this year.
  • The Premium Plus trim now comes with Navigation System as standard equipment.

2019 Audi SQ5 trims

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  • 349-hp, 369-lb-ft of torque 3.0L
  • Rear Defroster
  • Cruise Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Power Seats
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Power Mirrors
  • Traction Control
  • Side Airbags
  • View our Audi SQ5 Premium inventory

Premium Plus:


  • Includes all features available on the Premium Plus
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Head Up Display
  • Automated Parking
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio
  • View our Audi SQ5 Prestige inventory

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5 reasons to buy the 2019 Audi SQ5

What We Like

Interior: For easy access, we appreciate the tall door openings and generous headroom. The optional adaptive air suspension lowers the SQ5 by 1.2 inches, which may not seem like much but could be especially meaningful to those with mobility challenges. From the driver’s seat, outward visibility is very good, enhanced by sharp, clear camera displays. Audi created a usable and streamlined cabin with clever small storage compartments.

Utility: Once again, the optional air suspension comes in handy to maximize the SQ5’s utility in the form of a flexible loading height. When you’re filling up the cargo bay with a new TV or office chair or gifts for the holidays, every inch counts. Audi came up with some bright ideas for small storage solutions, too, like the tray that slides back and forth under the armrest. In all, the SQ5 has 26.8 cubic feet of storage space behind the second row and 60.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, which is about average for this class.

Comfort: Not only are the sculpted seats attractively designed and covered, they’re supremely comfortable for driving and riding. Highly adjustable (including four-way lumbar) heated seats are standard, and side bolsters hug your body at every turn. And not to overstate its importance, but the exemplary air suspension on the SQ5 smooths out the road for a comfortable ride from start to finish.

What Needs Improvement

Technology: Audi’s aesthetic is impressively modern, and the infotainment screens follow suit with clear and sharp displays. Unfortunately, the system looks better than it operates; it’s a bit more fussy than it needs to be. We were surprised to find the optional navigation function and phone integration lacking in comparison to rivals in the SQ5’s segment. We also wish the voice controls worked as well as in other vehicle entertainment systems.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings


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.

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Audi SQ5 features and specs

Premium 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leather Seats
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41"/R 37.8"

Head room

F 40.2"/R 37.7"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

440/4400 lbs.



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