The New Audi SQ5 TDI SUV has gone on sale priced from £43,870 with the first deliveries expected in the spring of 2013.
The SQ5 is powered by a 3.0-litre diesel bi-turbo TDI engine that produces 313 PS and delivers 650 Nm worth of torque between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm. This will propel the SQ5 from 0 – 62 mph in 5.1 seconds on to electronically limited 155 mph via an eight-speed tiptronic automatic gearbox with quattro all-wheel drive.
Using stop/start technology Audi are claiming 41.5 mpg on the official combined cycle and to CO2 emissions are rated at 179g/km.
Based on the Audi Q5 the SQ5 sits 30mm lower than the standard car with an exclusive ‘S’ sport suspension set-up and 20-inch alloys. You can even opt for Audi Drive, an adaptive dynamics package that allows you to select a choice of Comfort, Auto, Dynamic and Efficiency modes - a fifth Individual mode allows an even greater degree of customisation, if fitted with the optional HDD satellite navigation. These modes influence the weighting of the electromechanical power steering, the transmission shift points, the throttle response and the exhaust sound actuator, but they can also vary the ratio of the steering and the operating characteristics of the suspension if the additional dynamic steering and damper control options are ordered.
On the outside you will find LED daytime running lights with xenon headlights, black brake calipers with the SQ5 logo, platinum grey single-frame grille with its galvanized aluminium-look double bars and to complete the look there are aluminium-look door mirror housings, a roof spoiler and the ‘S’ specific bumper design and the quadruple tailpipes.
The interior is finished in black with lunar silver headlining with grey instrumentation. The front sports seats are electrically adjustable with the option of coloured inserts for the Nappa leather seats.
Standard equipment includes a 180-watt Audi sound system accessed via a Concert radio with 6.5-inch colour monitor and MMI operating logic, a Bluetooth interface, cruise control, three-zone climate control, light and rain sensors and acoustic rear parking sensors.
On the options list, you will find a 505-watt Bang & Olufsen audio system and a ‘Technology Package’, which comprises of HDD satellite navigation with Audi Music Interface iPod connection and the Audi Parking System Plus. You can select can also opt for ‘Audi Connect’ which bringing services from Google into the car and offers Wi-Fi hotspot.Published 27 November 2012