2017 Audi SQ5

Pros: Good selection of powertrains; crisp, athletic-for-the-class handling; convincingly upscale interior trimmings

Cons: Ride can get a bit stiff over sharp bumps; complicated control layout; prices rise quickly with options and higher-end models

CG Says: Audi Q5 drops its diesel and hybrid models for 2017. 3.0T Prestige models gain standard adaptive cruise control, Drive Select (which has setting to vary suspension and transmission behavior), and Dynamic Steering that varies the steering ratio. Q5 and its sporty SQ5 variant are premium compact crossover SUVs with standard all-wheel drive. 2.0T models are powered by a 220-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. 3.0T versions have a 272-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6. The high-performance SQ5 packs a 354-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V6. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Available features include rain-sensing wipers, panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruised control, blind-spot alert, and steering-linked xenon headlights. Though rivals have their attractions, the Q5 is a class standout for refinement and cargo/passenger versatility. Classy cabin appointments, sporty road manners, and Audi’s rising brand status are among other strong assets. The sporty SQ5 version is a plus as well. Prices soar as you add options or move up the model hierarchy, leaving the entry-level 2.0T as the best dollar value and a capable all-rounder that should satisfy most buyers. Keep an eye on the options sheet, though, as expensive packages and standalone items quickly send the MSRP skyward.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Audi
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices 2.0T Premium: $40,900
2.0T Premium Plus: $43,150
3.0T Premium Plus: $46,400
3.0T Prestige: $53,200
SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus: $53,300
SQ5 3.0T Prestige: $60,800

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
220
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27

Optional Engine
supercharged 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower
272 (354 in SQ5)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-26