When Audi first launched the SQ5 way back in 2012, it took the SUV market by storm and went on to become one of the most successful Audis in its segment. It was also the first S variant to be launched in Europe with a diesel engine. It then went on to pass the baton to its next generation in 2017 and here we are today, waiting with the new Audi SQ5 to rev up its powerful engines for us.
One look at the 2020 SQ5 and you’ll be able to feel the power that its design radiates. With a large single frame grille at the front and neat tornado lines moving from the hood of the car to the rear, the SQ5 looks sturdy and powerfully built, standing at 1635mm tall, 2140mm wide and 4671mm long. The false tailpipes at the rear might not get a unanimous vote though and the tail lights being on the tailgate can create some visual distractions with the boot open, especially at night. The tailgate, however, is powered and with hands-free release. Speaking of the boot, the cargo space is ample at around 1500 litres and with the rear seats folded down, it only increases further.
Available in 11 colours, including Glacier White, Matador Red and Quantum Gray, and 3 trim levels, viz. Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige, the SQ5 has a host of features to offer. The new 2020 SQ5 also gets a panoramic sunroof and looks exquisitely comfortable and cosy on the inside, with the front seats being covered in fine Nappa leather. Even the gearshift has been covered in leather and is fun to hold as you toggle through the eight-speed Tiptronic transmission.
On the tech side, there’s a whole lot to offer, starting with the 12.3” HUD providing an option of choosing between 3 modes – Classic, Infotainment or Sport, and containing something called as the Audi Virtual Cockpit that apart from allowing you to navigate and call, also provides you with access to Google Earth imagery. The Multi Media Interface in the SQ5 comes with handwriting navigation and even Navigation Plus with voice control.
The new 2020 SQ5 is not just sporty to drive, it is extremely safe as well. Audi has provided the SQ5 with pre sense technology that allows it to detect stationary objects, both vehicles and passengers alike at speeds as high as 80km/hr. It also helps detect an imminent collision and can provide a warning as well initiate actions, such as emergency braking and stopping the car at lower speeds. The same tech also provides for blind spot monitoring and even rear cross traffic assist in the new 2020 SQ5.
Coming to the sporty bit of the new SQ5, the SUV has quattro all-wheel drive for a more dynamic driving experience by managing the torque on all wheels. It also gets dynamic steering and adaptive air suspension to provide for an increasingly stable ride. As for what’s beneath the hood, the SQ5 is powered by a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine that can churn out 349hp of power and 369lb-ft of torque, enabling the car to do 0 to 60 in just over 5 seconds. On an ending note, if you’re a fan of an all-black design, don’t forget to check out the black optic package as well, that comes with a few extra design features such as 20” high-gloss anthracite wheels with a 5-arm-rotor design and a titanium black single frame grille upfront.