2015 Audi SQ5

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2015 Audi SQ5
2015 Audi SQ5

New for 2015

The 2015 Audi SQ5 gets minor trim package and feature changes, adding HID headlights, a power liftgate, an optional 19-inch wheel package, a high-gloss black package, and two new SQ5-only exterior colors: Sepang Blue Pearl and Daytona Gray Pearl.

Vehicle Overview

The Audi SQ5 is a high-performance compact crossover with two rows of seating. The Audi SQ5 competes in the midsize luxury performance segment, and is the fastest SUV in the automaker’s lineup.


The 2015 Audi SQ5 is powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 that produces 354 hp and 346 lb-ft, which is paired with an eight-speed automatic and the automaker’s signature quattro all-wheel-drive system.
The SQ5 can tow up-to 4,400 pounds, and gets a EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway; keeping some of the versatility but not as much of the efficiency of the Q5.
The SQ5 may be on the sportier side of Audi's crossover lineup, but it still offers luxury touches including three-zone climate control, a panoramic sunroof, leather/Alcantara seats, a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system, Bluetooth with streaming audio support, and heated/ventilated front seats. Notable safety features include adaptive HID headlights with LED daytime running lights and taillights, adaptive cruise control, Audi Side Alert (blind spot monitor), and a parking system with front/rear acoustic sensors and a rearview camera.
The 2015 Audi SQ5 received a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and in IIHS testing the Q5 received four ratings of Good (the highest possible rating is Good).

What We Think

The 2015 Audi SQ5 occupies a space above the more pedestrian compact crossovers, but below the rocket-ship-like hot-rod midsize SUVs. Instead of treading in BMW X5M and Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG territory, the smaller SQ5 finds a middle ground above the GLK350 and X3 xDrive35i, with more power, more capability, but at a price far south of the X5M and ML63 AMG (to be renamed the GLE-Class for 2016).
In a Driven review of a 2015 Audi SQ5 we noted, “The Audi's layout, performance, and personality are far closer to a VW GTI than a Ford Explorer. Yet this German hatch is scaled, gussied, and powered up for American tastes: No hot hatch in history could carry five people and their gear so readily, or lap up miles with such luxurious haste.”
We were also quick to point out that “body roll is practically nil thanks to firmed-up springs and hydraulic dampers. … The V-6 poured power like a bottomless boat of gravy. Tire and wind noise barely intruded even at mega speeds. And a new exhaust manifold and two-mode, quad-pipe outlet provide the rowdiest soundtrack yet from the usually subdued 3.0T.”
We also praised the handling, saying “The electric steering, best left in the middle "standard" mode, can seem aloof at everyday speeds, but as g-forces approach Squealville and the Audi holds the center like Bill Clinton on the campaign trail, the steering's sheer precision makes it easy to forgive any feedback shortage.”
Flaws include a finicky key fob compromised handling over rough and broken roads. 21-inch wheels are likely to blame. While the EPA gave the SQ5 a harsh 17/24 mpg “slapdown,” we saw 25 mpg in our testing while cruising in top gear.
"Call the SQ5 what you will: SUV, crossover, tall hatch, sport wagon. Free-spending hot-hatch lovers, all grown up and craving luxury and space, will want to call it their own," we wrote in a review.

You’ll Like

  • Lots of grip
  • Subtle, but attractive, styling
  • Most powerful iteration of the supercharged V-6 yet

You Won’t Like

  • Pricey
  • Rough ride with 21-inch wheels
  • Finicky key fob

Key Competitors

  • BMW X3 xDrive35i
  • Mercedes-Benz GLK350
  • Acura MDX
  • Land Rover Range Rover Evoque


Audi SQ5 Automated By Delphi Left Profile
Delphi Automotive has successfully completed an autonomous vehicle run of 3,400 miles from San Francisco to New York City. The specially prepared Audi SQ5 made the journey 99 percent autonomously, with almost no input from the team riding inside the car.

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2015 Audi SQ5 Specifications

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3.0L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
354 hp @ 6000rpm
346 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
5,000 miles / 12 months
Recall Date
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Audi SQ5 vehicles manufactured May 22, 2013, to April 14, 2015. The affected vehicles have an electric power steering assist system that may shut down in cold temperatures due to a steering motor sensor fault.
If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will update the power steering control module software, free of charge. The recall began on July 31, 2015. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 48M1.
Potential Units Affected
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
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