2014 Audi SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic Automatic V6 Sedan AWD 

  • $55k
  • 3.0L V6
  • 16 city 23 hwy
6.9 Out of 10
$55,100
 
It's a flexible, fairly muted powerplant-but it's easily outstripped by the 420-horsepower turbocharged V-8 engine found in the S6.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)
Audi says it's good for 0-60 mph times of 5.4 seconds, and the same governed top speed of 130 mph.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Audi SQ5

Affordability

Will it break the bank?

SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic
7.0
Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic
6.2
EPA highway mileage

Air quality

Help the world breathe easier with higher scores.

SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic
8.0
EPA Smog Score

Climate friendly

Higher scores leave less of an impact on global warming.

SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic
6.3
combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score

6.9

RideNerd Score

Affordability, Fuel economy, Air quality and Climate friendly

SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic
6.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Audi SQ5

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic
5

EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic
6

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic
$13,957
Sonata Hybrid
$6,574

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus quattro Tiptronic
$2,937
Sonata Hybrid
$1,444

Reviews Word on the street for the Audi SQ5


8.4
It's a roller-controller system that uses a knob and some hard keys to control navigation, phone, audio, and other functions.

9.1
The 3.0 TDI diesel and 3.0T model with a supercharged gas V-6 are available in the Premium Plus and Prestige variants.

7.6
Among the extras found as options or incorporated within trim levels are a Nappa leather-clad instrument panel, 14-speaker/505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, rear-seat entertainment package, adaptive cruise control, and high-tech systems with navigation, rearview camera and a 3G network that turns the Q5 into a rolling Wi-Fi hot spot.

Overall

8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Powertrain

It's a combo rendered more sedate by the A6's size and weight-even more so with the optional all-wheel drive, which at least adopts an eight-speed automatic instead of the CVT.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)
It takes most of an hour of detours and delays before we find open road and can goose the 354-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6, whereupon two terrific things happen that don’t in the more quotidian Q5: Exhaust flaps open so the quad tailpipes can cut loose with a blat, and the everybody’s-got-one ZF eight-speed automatic snaps off crisper-feeling shifts than anything this side of a dual-clutch gearbox.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2013)
But if you're seeking ultra-high economy or muscular performance, there are three other editions cued up, all with forced-induction engines.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)

Performance

We'd be much more pleased to pay the premium up front for Audi's excellent new turbodiesel 240-hp 3.0-liter six.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)
The S6 has the tautest responses, of course; with impressively strong brakes and the firmest Sport settings, it's sweetly maneuverable in tight curves.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)
The extra thrust the SQ5 gains over the S4/S5 mostly compensates for the crossover’s added mass.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2013)

Interior

If you're looking for a 5-passenger luxury SUV that wears many hats, the 2014 Audi Q5's combination of power, performance, luxury and ability will likely strike a positive note.
by KBB (Aug, 2013)
The sharp shifts are attributable to the special tuning of the Tiptronic controls.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2013)
The better news is that the cockpit of the A6 and S6 are clones of those in the A7 and S7, and that's a relief: the rich materials are arranged perfectly in coordination with each other, and the plethora of cutlines never seems to get in the way of a good time.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)

Transmission

The S6's seven-speed S tronic gearbox and performance upgrades ensure excitement is just a tap-shift away-and that 60 mph is just 4.5 seconds away.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)
Skip the base model and its CVT-the Audi A6 is best in TDI or S6 form.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)
Connected to the buttery-smooth 8-speed automatic transmission found in the Q5, this powerplant shines even more.
by KBB (Aug, 2013)

Engine

Higher up on the performance scale are the supercharged six and turbocharged eights.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)
With either the supercharged or the TDI powertrain, the A6 is a joy to drive.
by The Car Connection (Mar, 2014)
The long-awaited SQ5 joins the Q5 lineup, motivated by a 354-horsepower supercharged V6.
by KBB (Aug, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Audi
Body style Sedan
Model year 2014
City range 316 miles
Highway range 455 miles
MSRP $55k
Annual cost $13,957

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.69 m³
CO2 per car made 0.66 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,680 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 72.31 kg

power & handling

Max torque 325 ft-lb @ 2,900 RPM
Max HP 354 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 12.45 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.1 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 10 speakers
Wattage 180 watts
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input No
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Standard
Entertainment system Optional, $1,950

features

Cruise control Standard
Front A/C N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Optional, $0
Navigation system Optional, $3,400, 10 GB
Roof rails Standard
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard

emissions

EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 5
Combined CO2/mile 439 g
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 66 tons

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 3.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders V6
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 4x4

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front suspension Multi link
Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 14.02 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 255 mm
Front wheel diameter 20 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 45

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
Airbags
  1. Head curtain
  2. Knee
  3. Driver
  4. Passenger
  5. Side
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor Standard
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 75.2 in
Front track width 64.2 in
Height 65.3 in
Ground clearance 4.6 in
Length 183 in
Wheelbase 110.5 in
Curb weight 4,409 lb
Tow weight 4,400 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 54 ft³
Rear seat room 48 ft³
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