Commonality might actually defuse problem, but it does not necessarily change our assumption of the weird. Take, for instance, the performance crossover. Not just is the size-large section overflowing with BMW Ms, Mercedes-AMGs, as well as Porsche Turbos-- as well as the Jeep Trackhawk-- but now even the smaller course is participating the action. Alfa Romeo's Stelvio offers up to 505 horsepower, there's an M Sports variation of the brand-new BMW X3, Jaguar stuffs 380 equines into the F-Pace, Mercedes has two AMG variations of the GLC, and also purchasers could obtain the Porsche Macan in two various levels of turbocharged overachievement. A class we would not have envisioned existing simply 10 years earlier is already overflowing.
Audi's entrance into this crowd is the SQ5, now entering its second generation. Sharing its Volkswagen Group MLB Evo bones with the Audi S4 and the S5, the SQ5 already has a fair bit of pedigree. Add to that a 354-horse hot-vee turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 transmitting power to all 4 wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic, and you've obtained an enticing combination wrapped in the current crisply folded Ingolstadt style. Audi's trim schedule is as clear as Starbucks sizing, with the baseline being the Premium Plus. For $55,275, the SQ5 is a rather basic deluxe offering with natural leather seats (heated up front), Bluetooth, closeness access, as well as a massive sunroof.
Upgrading to the $4200-dearer Prestige trim as on our examination car brings navigation, Audi's 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit electronic instrument cluster, 360-degree car park cameras, a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with 755 watts, as well as the all-important ambient interior lighting. Added significant add-ons pressing our as-tested rate to $65,800 consist of 21-inch wheels for $1000 as well as the $3000 S Sports package, which brings a height-adjustable air suspension, a torque-vectoring rear differential, and also red brake calipers. It does not seem like that long ago that wheels this large initial showed up on enormous SUVs and also ludicrous customs; that they currently look fairly normal on a vehicle this dimension talks with the normalizing power of repetitive direct exposure.
It still doesn't feel regular to have a 4429-pound crossover stop from 70 mph in just 148 feet, though; nor to have one lap the skidpad at 0.93 g. The SQ5's 5.1-second zero-to-60-mph sprint and also 13.7-second quarter-mile at 102 miles per hour likewise are impressive but track its competition in this modern theater of the absurd. We've seen similarly valued Macans get into the mid-four-second array and also the pricier Macan Turbo burglarize the threes. ZF's eight-speed automatic, generally perfect in its other existing applications, was slow-moving to exchange ratios and occasionally slurred part-throttle shifts in the SQ5, suggesting a couple of final calibrations should be boosted.
But if it's not the fastest, the SQ5 is a comfortable cruiser, with a bit more pillow built into its supports compared to the majority of its rivals. As well as the inside is equally as handsome as the exterior, with abundant products and an attention to information that is the characteristic of real high-end. It's enormously sizable up front with a series of adjustability that allows for motorists of all dimensions to get comfy, yet regardless of where you position the pole positions, there's much less headroom in the 2nd row compared to Audi's upright account would certainly have you believe. We discovered it to be a really undesirable place for anybody over 6 feet high. Yet if you're trying to find a quick as well as the comfy way to relocate a household of normal-size people, the SQ5 is a charmer. As well as if your kids are young sufficient, they might never ever even recognize just how weird this real concept is.