Stuffed jeeps are becoming more and more popular recently, based on the same, the fact that the car market has appeared Audi SQ5, it was possible to imagine at least by logical laws. This brand is almost indistinguishable from serial cars in external indicators, but it has a more sporty interior and significantly added dynamics to the car, which was achieved thanks to the V6 powertrain capable of producing 354 horsepower. The whole model range is Audi.
If you want to find differences from the “standard” version of Q5, you can only notice them on the radiator grille, which has a horizontal orientation, mesh air intake, dual exhaust pipes and a direct nameplate, which adorns the rear door, radiator grille and brake caliper system.
This modification was presented in 2013. A little earlier, in the middle of 2012, the “hot” version of the Q5 crossover debuted with a 6-cylinder diesel-powered engine that had 313 horses. The crossover received an index SQ5 TDI.
This off-road car is perfect for everyday use and contains the latest technology and sportsmanship. Those who are fond of German cars, will be able to immediately determine the identity of this car to the line S. This is the Singleframe grille, which has a grey color, with double strips, which are chrome-plated and made in a horizontal design, the logo itself, located on the grille, stern and other design elements.
The car has black brake calipers with SQ5 nameplate (but only in front) and 20 inch wheels. In the list of colors for body painting are available fresh variations of colors – blue and black. Thanks to them, the car is given a special shine.
The body of the side mirrors is covered with aluminum, and the presence of xenon bifunctional headlamps, which were complemented by LED daytime running lights and oval end sections for the 2-flow exhaust system.
It is also possible to distinguish the novelty by aggressive bumpers, spoiler, which found its place on the luggage compartment. The overall appearance of the SUV gives a sense of stability and confidence. Exterior of the German car of sports character possesses:
- Fog lights;
- Headlight washers;
- Xenon headlights (application of bixenon);
- LED daytime running lights;
- LED taillights;
- Automatic tilt correction of headlamps;
- Side mirrors with indicator lamps;
- Light alloy wheels;
- Railings on the roof.
The interior of Audi SQ 5 is quite similar to the “standard five” interior, but has acquired front seats, with a more sporty character and good side support, truncated sports steering wheel (optional) and a lot of labels “SQ5”, which were applied almost everywhere.
Not to mention the fact that the new crossover has grown in size, the free space was not increased, but remained at the same level as in the simple modification of Q5. The size of the luggage compartment has not changed either, and it still has 540 litres of usable space. The instrument panel was made in the familiar style of German S-models.
Here you can see the presence of gray scale, white arrows and the new design of the bushings of the arrows, which were coated with aluminum. There is also a label of 3D emblem SQ5, which has found its place on the engine speed sensor. The seats are upholstered with Feinnappa leather (optional) and promises to make any trip the most comfortable. The switches, which are located under the steering wheel, together with the pedals and the driver’s left foot pad are coated in aluminum.
There were also applied decorative inserts of “matte aluminium” character, which are already in the basic modification. Moreover, it is possible to choose decorative inserts of carbon or “black piano lacquer” and the latest variation – “aluminum” and “black Beaufort oak”. The presence of info-entertainment system, where Multi Media Interface (MMI) screen is present and it is constantly in front of the driver’s eyes, is also pleasant.
There is a system that can be ordered as an optional MMI Navigation plus, which can display maps in 3D and provides access to a variety of audio sources. The optional Audi Connect system can be synchronized with the phone in the car, allowing you to manage your own WLAN access point. In addition, you can use a large number of services Audi connect.
If we talk about interior decoration, the interior of the car Audi SQ5 has the best practices of designers. This includes polished aluminum or chrome-plated metal with very high quality leather, oak bars and a color screen with excellent graphics. You can’t help noticing the meticulously fitted joints of the dashboard elements. The seat has 12 variations of positions, and also retractable support of hips.
The interior of Audi SQ5 has:
- With a sports steering wheel.
- Leather steering wheel.
- Combined interior upholstery.
- Sports seats for the driver and front passenger sitting next to each other.
The comfort inside the car is a responsibility:
- Customizable steering column.
- Front seat heating.
- Electric drive of all windows.
- Electric front seat drive.
- Cruise control.
- Power steering.
- Rear parking sensors.
- Multifunction steering wheel.
- Heating of side mirrors.
- Mechanical adjustment of front seat height.
- Air conditioning.
- Single zone climate control.
- Electric drive of rear-view mirrors.
- Electric drive of the rear door.
The multimedia system comes in:
- An MP3-supported CD player.
- Multifunctional color screen.
- Speakers (from 8 and more).
Sports qualities of the German SUV are provided by a six-cylinder V-shaped engine with the volume of 3.0 liters, running on gasoline. It has 24 gas distribution valves, direct fuel injection and a turbine. Behind all this there is an increased figure – 354 horsepower.
The gearbox also has a locking clutch of the torque converter and a sports mode of operation. With the help of a new engine, the crossover reaches the first hundred in 5.4 seconds, and the maximum speed is equal to 250 km/h. The mixed driving cycle tightens by 8.7 liters per 100 kilometers. The novelty has a full-fledged independent multilever suspension at the front and back, which can be optionally replenished with adaptive shock absorbers that can give the suspension a sporty character.
Ventilated disc braking system is installed everywhere, which is supplemented by ABS, EBD, and BAS. And even in the standard version of the sports SUV Audi has services ASR and ESP. Thanks to the smart all-wheel drive system, each wheel gets as much traction as it needs. With the help of the implemented Audi drive select service, you can individually set the modes of gear shifting and change the characteristics of the machine to suit your needs.
The main competitors of this model are Mercedes GLK and BMW X1. However, Audi has a “trump card” in the form of a double clutch, which still has a convincing wear resistance, because they function in an oil environment, not in the dry, as most of the “robots”. The introduction of an electronic acoustic membrane, which gives the engine a velvet sound, was a pleasure.
The size of the new product was a little bigger than the “simple five”. The length of the car takes 4 644 mm, wheelbase – 2 813 mm, width – 1 911 mm, and height – 1 624 mm. As for the ground clearance, for the sake of sports characteristics of the car, it was reduced by 30 mm, which eventually amounted to 201 mm. The crossover weighs about 1,905 kg.
These services are responsible for the safety of the vehicle:
- Front, side and curtain type airbags for driver and passenger;
- ISOFIX child seat mountings;
- Presence of belt pretensioners;
- Anti-slip service;
- Option of assistance when descending from the mountain;
- Service of control of level of pressure in wheels;
- Small size reserve;
- Presence of the central lock;
Complete sets and prices
The German sport SUV Audi SQ5 is offered only in a single modification that includes:
- Cast wheels designed for 20 inches;
- Bixenon optics with automatic tilt corrector;
- LED taillights;
- Six airbags;
- Wheel pressure sensor;
- Leather interior;
- Adjustable front seats in height;
- Adjustable in height and departure column steering column;
- Cruise control;
- Rear parking sensors;
- Full electric package;
- Electric luggage door drive;
- Thermal glazing;
- Climate control;
- Audio system designed for 8 speakers with subwoofer and color screen;
- Central lock and immobilizer.
In the car market such a car can be purchased from $54138. However, with all the options, which are not few, the price of the car will rise to $63412.
The pros and cons
- Same beautiful appearance that emphasizes the sporting qualities of a crossover;
- Pretty picked up powertrains;
- Not bad dynamics;
- Acceptable ground clearance, given the quality of our roads;
- Spacious and quality interior;
- Good entertainment system, where there is a high-quality display and good music;
- Electronic acoustic membrane for motor sound with velvet tint;
- Good security level;
- Nice snap-in;
- Good gearbox with double clutch.
Cons of a car
- Enlarged dimensions;
- Stronger engine (354 hp) consumes more fuel;
- Reduced ground clearance, unlike Q5 version;
- Not on any off-road can pass;
- The cost of the car.
Summing up, I would like to say that the new German crossover with all its inherent sports qualities has turned out in the best traditions of the automobile company Audi. Though it has increased in size, but nevertheless it has not lost free space in the interior. A little lower ground clearance allows him to feel confident at high speeds.
The increased power of the engine allows you to behave boldly when overtaking without fear of power loss or switching to a lower gear. By the way, as mentioned above, the gearbox has good wear resistance and has two clutches that work in an oil environment, not in the “dry” one, which would reduce the service life.
The quality of the interior decoration, as always at the highest level. No matter if you plan to go to work or on a long trip – you can always feel comfortable and cozy, and entertainment multimedia system will not let you get bored. It is necessary to allocate the qualitative seats possessing good lateral support.
Electronic acoustic membrane, installed for quality and sharp sound of the exhaust system, although not an important option, but increases the aesthetic sense. However, as always, German engineers and designers worked for fame.
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