3.0T Premium Plus 4dr All-wheel Drive quattro Sport Utility
2014 Audi SQ5

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EngineEngine 3.0LV-6
MPGMPG 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2014 SQ5 Overview

With the exception of a handful of markets (including the US), the Audi SQ5 was a pioneer for the company's S/RS performance line as it was the first model to wear the badge and also get diesel power. Our general "everything is better with a diesel" mentality was put to the test when we first heard we would be getting a non-diesel SQ5 in the US (despite the availability of the diesel-powered Q5 TDI here already), but as usual we can only blame our federal emissions standards. As Audi tells it, the SQ5 TDI engine would require AdBlue to meet US emissions regulations, and the packaging of such a system just wasn't possible, so the global SQ5's diesel engine was replaced by a gasoline-powered V6 borrowed from the Audi S4/S5. To show that little, if anything, was lost in translation from diesel to gas, we headed to southwestern Colorado to spend an afternoon with the all-new 2014 Audi SQ5. Our drive program had us taking the SQ5 from Durango, CO to the city of Gateway, before heading to Grand Junction the next morning. There's nothing like spending five hours strapped into a seat, traversing hill and mountain, to truly test a vehicle's comfort and driving dynamics. From the first touch of the SQ5's push-button starter, we knew this was no ordinary Q5. As the engine came to life with a deep burble and raspy pops, and we spent the rest of the day trying to come to terms with the fact that not everything needs a diesel. Wait. What?! The first order of business in creating the US-spec SQ5 was to add more power under the hood courtesy of the same supercharged 3.0-liter V6 used in the S4/S5. The SQ5, however, gets an upgraded crankshaft and a stiffened block allowing the engine to produce 354 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. While that's a far cry from the 479 lb-ft of torque available in the SQ5 TDI, this power output represents an increase of 82 hp and 52 lb-ft over the Q5 3.0T model, and even a gain of 21 hp and 22 lb-ft over the S4 and S5. Audi engineers tweaked the Q5's eight-speed Tiptronic transmission to give it a sportier DCT feel. Along with the engine mods, the SQ5 also gets an entirely new exhaust system from the manifold to the quad outlets with butterfly valves, all of which helps the engine breathe better and belt out its inspiring exhaust note. Between the exhaust pops and the quick shifts, more than one person during the day asked if the SQ5 had a dual-clutch transmission. That misdirection was understandable, as Audi engineers tweaked the Q5's eight-speed Tiptronic transmission to give it a sportier DCT feel in this application. In the transmission's normal driving mode, the SQ5 is a docile vehicle without jerky shifts or too much cabin noise, but drop the shifter down into Sport mode (or pull on the shift paddles) and the whole attitude of this crossover …
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2014 SQ5 Overview

With the exception of a handful of markets (including the US), the Audi SQ5 was a pioneer for the company's S/RS performance line as it was the first model to wear the badge and also get diesel power. Our general "everything is better with a diesel" mentality was put to the test when we first heard we would be getting a non-diesel SQ5 in the US (despite the availability of the diesel-powered Q5 TDI here already), but as usual we can only blame our federal emissions standards. As Audi tells it, the SQ5 TDI engine would require AdBlue to meet US emissions regulations, and the packaging of such a system just wasn't possible, so the global SQ5's diesel engine was replaced by a gasoline-powered V6 borrowed from the Audi S4/S5. To show that little, if anything, was lost in translation from diesel to gas, we headed to southwestern Colorado to spend an afternoon with the all-new 2014 Audi SQ5. Our drive program had us taking the SQ5 from Durango, CO to the city of Gateway, before heading to Grand Junction the next morning. There's nothing like spending five hours strapped into a seat, traversing hill and mountain, to truly test a vehicle's comfort and driving dynamics. From the first touch of the SQ5's push-button starter, we knew this was no ordinary Q5. As the engine came to life with a deep burble and raspy pops, and we spent the rest of the day trying to come to terms with the fact that not everything needs a diesel. Wait. What?! The first order of business in creating the US-spec SQ5 was to add more power under the hood courtesy of the same supercharged 3.0-liter V6 used in the S4/S5. The SQ5, however, gets an upgraded crankshaft and a stiffened block allowing the engine to produce 354 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque. While that's a far cry from the 479 lb-ft of torque available in the SQ5 TDI, this power output represents an increase of 82 hp and 52 lb-ft over the Q5 3.0T model, and even a gain of 21 hp and 22 lb-ft over the S4 and S5. Audi engineers tweaked the Q5's eight-speed Tiptronic transmission to give it a sportier DCT feel. Along with the engine mods, the SQ5 also gets an entirely new exhaust system from the manifold to the quad outlets with butterfly valves, all of which helps the engine breathe better and belt out its inspiring exhaust note. Between the exhaust pops and the quick shifts, more than one person during the day asked if the SQ5 had a dual-clutch transmission. That misdirection was understandable, as Audi engineers tweaked the Q5's eight-speed Tiptronic transmission to give it a sportier DCT feel in this application. In the transmission's normal driving mode, the SQ5 is a docile vehicle without jerky shifts or too much cabin noise, but drop the shifter down into Sport mode (or pull on the shift paddles) and the whole attitude of this crossover …Hide Full Review