With increased power, a new turbocharged V6 engine and a more progressive, sporty design, the 2019 Audi SQ5 sets a new standard for the luxury SUV segment. In its second-generation, the SQ5 offers a full suite of available driver assistance systems and advanced infotainment features, combined with a dynamic driving experience, to set a new standard in the luxury performance crossover segment.
For the first time, the 2019 Audi SQ5 is available at the Premium trim level and include standard equipment such as S-model exterior elements, LED headlight and LED taillight with dynamic turn signals and heated 8-way power front seats with 4-way power lumbar.
Featuring a 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine, the 2019 Audi SQ5 produces 349 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, between a broad 1370 – 4500 rpm range. The eight-speed tiptronic transmission is well suited for the low-end torque of the turbocharged V6 and its eight gears provide quick, smooth shifts.
Every Audi SQ5 is standard-equipped with quattro all-wheel drive, offering high-precision and dynamic handling through active torque distribution to both axles. As part of the available S sport package, the SQ5 with quattro sport rear differential can offer an even more dynamic driving experience by actively splitting torque between the wheels of the rear axle, with the ability to direct nearly all torque to one wheel, helping maximize driving dynamics.
A newly developed front and rear suspension allows for both a sporty driving experience and more comfortable ride for long distances. The new front five-link suspension with lightweight construction offers greater steering precision and excellent handling through optimized steering-rack placement direct at wheel centers.
The available S sport package also includes a sport adaptive air suspension, which lowers vehicle height by 30 mm (when in auto mode) compared to the standard adaptive suspension. The air suspension system allows for adjustment of both the ride height and the firmness of the dampers, and is controllable via the standard Audi drive select.
Along with the standard four drive select modes – comfort, auto, dynamic and individual – the available sport adaptive air suspension also adds both an allroad and a lift/offroad mode, which raise the air suspension for increased ground clearance when needed.
Also available on 2019 Audi SQ5 models is dynamic steering, which offers a variable steering ratio that adjusts based on vehicle speed and the Audi drive select setting. At higher driving speeds, dynamic steering helps to improve straight-line stability, and at lower driving speeds, a more direct steering ratio is utilized to help increase steering response for easy maneuvering.
EXTERIOR & INTERIOR
The SQ5 mirrors the Q5 distinctive Audi SUV design language, with a flat, coupe-like roof line coupled with a strong, wave-design shoulder line and pronounced wheel arches which emphasize the standard quattro all-wheel drive.
The 2019 Audi SQ5 is characteristically recognized by its sporty design differentiators including a platinum gray Singleframe grille with aluminum optic double horizontal blade bars, aluminum optic exterior side mirrors, and S model rear roof spoiler. Sculpted, three-dimensional LED headlights flow in harmony with the clamshell hood to the wider horizontal rear of the vehicle and LED taillights with dynamic turn signals.
The interior offers improved space compared to the previous generation, with more rear legroom and shoulder room, as well as increased cargo capacity with the second row seats folded down. The 2019 SQ5 is also standard equipped with a three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom sport steering wheel, sport front seats with available diamond stitching, standard matte brushed aluminum inlays or available carbon atlas inlays and standard stainless steel door sill inlays with S badging. The asymmetrical center console of the interior creates a driver-focused cockpit while a small number of controls with expanded functionality helps bring a greater ease of operation into the SQ5.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Audi SQ5 is a high-performance compact luxury SUV available in three trims levels:. Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. Every model is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (349 horsepower, 369 pound-feet of torque), an eight-speed automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.
Standard features for the base Premium model include 20-inch wheels with summer performance tires, adaptive dampers, LED headlights and taillights, automatic wipers, heated mirrors, a power liftgate, roof rails, push-button ignition, steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, selectable driving modes, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated and 12-way power-adjustable front seats and four-way power lumbar adjustment, 40/20/40-split rear seats, leather upholstery with simulated suede inserts, ambient lighting, Bluetooth, Audi Connect Care remote services, a 7-inch central display with Audi’s MMI infotainment system, and a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player, two USB ports, HD radio, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Safety features include forward collision warning, low-speed automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera and hill descent control.
The optional Convenience package adds a blind-spot monitor, keyless entry, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, driver-seat memory settings, satellite radio and sensors that can detect an impending rear collision and take action to reduce injury to passengers.
The Premium Plus includes the Convenience package contents along with a panoramic sunroof, front and rear parking sensors, simulated leather-covered armrests, Audi Connect Prime and Plus services (with a Wi-Fi hotspot), a navigation system, an 8.3-inch central display screen, Audi Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel, a touchpad controller with handwriting recognition, a wireless charging pad and rear USB charge ports.
The Prestige model adds automatic high-beam control, extra soundproofing, a color head-up display, additional ambient lighting elements with color selection, adaptive cruise control, a premium 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, lane departure warning and mitigation, a 360-degree parking camera, and an automated parallel and perpendicular parking system.
A list of packages are available for the Premium Plus and Prestige models. The Cold Weather package adds all-weather floor mats, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The Warm Weather package adds ventilated front seats, upgraded leather upholstery and rear window shades. The Black Optic package replaced some of the SQ5’s silver-colored exterior elements with black trim and adds black wheels. The S Sport package adds a sport-tuned rear differential, red-painted brake calipers, and an air suspension system with adaptive ride-height and driving modes. All-season tires are a no-cost option throughout the model range.
Other options include 21-inch wheels with summer tires, rear side airbags, diamond-stitched leather upholstery and variable-ratio steering.
The 2019 Audi SQ5 has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts at about $53,500, a price that includes a $995 destination charge. The Premium Plus model increases that price to $59,000, while the Q5 Prestige just over $63,000. Fully loaded SQ5 luxury-crossover SUV can kiss the $70,000 mark. While the SQ5 start slightly higher than the BMW X3 or Mercedes-Benz GLC, the gap narrows when you select all-wheel drive on those models.
5-door, 5-passenger SUV
3.0T TFSI, V6
2,995 cc / 182 cu. in.
Audi valvelift system, DOHC
Bore x Stroke
3.33 in. x 3.50 in
349 hp @ 5400 rpm
369 ft-lbs. @ 1370 rpm
Eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with manual shifting mode
quattro all-wheel drive
Minimum fuel requirement
Zero to 60 mph
Zero to 100 mph
13.7 sec @ 102 mph
EPA fuel estimated (mpg)
19 City / 24 Highway / 21 Combined
Fuel tank capacity
74.5 in. (84.3 in. including mirrors)
Max Cargo Capacity
25.1 / 53.1 cu. ft.