Review of Audi SQ5 Plus
Australia’s fastest diesel SUV receives a lot of charm and impulse.
Australia’s fastest diesel SUV has been Plus-sized with the ability to handle more curves with more vitality.
The Audi SQ5 has led the performance diesel SUV package since its launch in 2013 and now, 12 months from the new model, the Plus variant has landed with enhanced output and safety software, sports differentials. and lots of bling.
Additional performance (mid-range acceleration; official 0-100k / h sprint unchanged at 5.1 seconds due to extra weight) and the upgrade kit costs – $ 108,900 before road costs .
That’s $ 13,000 more than a normal SQ5 but includes a unique 20-inch wheel, red brake calipers, adaptive cruise control with automatic emergency braking, striking black glossy exterior, leather seats and toolbox and carbon fiber interior.
The interior is noticeable because it’s not noticeable. In addition to the diamond-shaped leather seats, the seven-inch touchscreen looks small compared to newer models in the midsize SUV segment and the driver’s device has not switched to the sheer “virtual cockpit” digital display Audi. It still looks and feels subtle, just not special.
One thing special about SQ5 Plus is the ability to stand up and walk. There’s no shortage of acceleration when touching any revs and the eight-speed auto quickly responds to more demanding needs. Auto should be good, though, as the Plus’s performance edge is limited to small revs.
Enthusiastic drivers can appreciate the Plus’s sporty torque difference.
Maximum torque – all of its 700Nm – is operating from 1500rpm-2550rpm. SQN 650Nm starting from 1450-2800rpm.
The maximum output of 250kW is extracted from 4100rpm-4300rpm in Plus while SQ5 touches 240kW from 3900rpm-4500rpm.
On the road
Enthusiastic drivers can appreciate the Plus’s sporty torque difference. The vast majority will buy it because it is better appointed.
Lacking a backward test with a regular SQ5, it’s hard to identify (on public roads) just the effect of the difficult difference in helping the corner of the car by pushing torque out. rear wheel outside.
Put it down on the SQ5’s all-wheel-drive handle and the suspension certainly keeps it hustling in a crazy clip from the start. Impressive about the seat is Audi’s performance SUV flagship that feels faster when exiting corners and overtaking.
It was brutal effort and efficiency, supported by good brakes and direct steering.
The ride is too rigid to be called comfortable at 80km / h on the back roads.
Speed eight hangs into gear in dynamic mode. The enhanced sound feedback into the cabin makes the engine sound harsh and deliberate at low revs and for diesel engines it makes a fair impersonation of sportiness as it spins. stronger.
The full load is hardly felt and it will haul 2000kg if required, though in both cases you won’t get from as close as the requested 6.8L / 100km.
Ride is the only let down. The suspension, which is tuned to cope with more than two tons, does an admirable job when there’s plenty of metal moving fast.
At speeds lower than vertical speeds, the ride is too rigid to be called comfortable at 80km / h on the back roads. The highway is accepted and SQ5 Plus is even fine around town.
Four adults can walk around freely, as long as they are not too tall. Not having too much front or rear leg room and rear can also be a problem.
The 540L cargo area can carry weekly groceries and has a supported tailgate.