Glitch within the matrix
We Like: Dashboard of the long run, screaming SQ5 efficiency.
We Don’t Like: Harsh stability-control intervention, uninteresting Q5 character
On the floor, the Q5 has rather a lot going for it: a future-is-now instrument panel, high-style inside particulars, and a rip snortin’ SQ5 efficiency mannequin. What it doesn’t have—or not less than our tester didn’t—was correctly working stability management and collision-avoidance software program.
The Q5 had a startling behavior of slamming on the brakes mid-corner in response to nonexistent threats, a habits each decide skilled when driving reasonably shortly on the dealing with analysis loop. Audi technicians later reported a busted “degree sensor,” which reads how a lot the automobile is pitching or yawing and informs the soundness management’s response. Audi says it’s by no means seen this drawback earlier than and that it was distinctive to our tester. Sadly, we weren’t capable of restore the Q5 on-site or purchase a alternative automobile throughout our analysis.
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The SQ5 had no such drawback; it liked the dealing with observe. Nonetheless, our awards are introduced to the total automobile vary, and the SQ5’s enjoyable issue didn’t invalidate the Q5’s issues. Nor did it cover that past the digital sprint, the Q5 doesn’t break any new floor for the category or for Audi basically.
“That is basically an evolution of the present Q5—and appears and feels it in each approach,” Angus MacKenzie stated. “We’ve form of seen all of it earlier than. It doesn’t transfer the needle by way of Audi design and engineering. The drive expertise is considerably anodyne within the common Q5. The SQ5 is a stormer however is comprehensively bested by the AMG GLC43 Coupe, which is faster, steers higher, and grips more durable.”
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|2018 Audi SQ5 V6 T||2018 Audi Q5 2.0T Quattro|
|PRICE AS TESTED||$68,175||$56,500|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Entrance-engine, AWD, 5-pass, Four-door SUV||Entrance-engine, AWD, 5-pass, Four-door SUV|
|ENGINE||three.0L turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6||2.0L turbo DOHC 16-valve I-Four|
|TRANSMISSION||Eight-speed automated||7-speed twin-clutch auto|
|CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST)||Four,464 lb (54/46%)||Four,179 lb (53/47%)|
|WHEELBASE||111.2 in||111.Zero in|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||183.9 x 74.5 x 65.three in||183.6 x 74.5 x 65.three in|
|Zero-60 MPH||5.Zero sec||5.9 sec|
|QUARTER MILE||13.5 sec @ 101.Eight mph||14.5 sec @ 94.6 mph|
|BRAKING, 60-Zero MPH||112 ft||136 ft|
|LATERAL ACCELERATION||Zero.88 g (avg)||Zero.79 g (avg)|
|MT FIGURE EIGHT||25.7 sec @ Zero.73 g (avg)||27.2 sec @ Zero.65 g (avg)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||19/24/21 mpg||23/27/25 mpg|
|ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY||177/140 kW-hrs/100 miles||147/125 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB||Zero.93 lb/mile||Zero.79 lb/mile|