Audi's first performance-based diesel vehicle, the SQ5, stunned us with its recent debut.
We know it looks good and sounds pretty good -- and it should thanks to its high-tech/modified exhaust -- but ultimately when you buy any "performance-oriented" vehicle, you run into one problem.
It has to drive well.
That said, check out some excerpts from Autocar's recent drive of the all-new SQ5.
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...the SQ5 has become not only the firm’s first S-badged SUV, but also its first S-brand diesel. Powered by the 309bhp, 479lb ft twin-turbo V6 diesel recently introduced to the A6 and A6 Allroad, it’s going on sale in the UK alongside the rest of the facelifted Q5 range this autumn...
...The SQ5’s ride, too, leaves a little to be desired. The car’s chassis isolates you from noise well enough and reins in roll quite well. The ride quickly becomes restless as the road’s surface begins to rise and fall, though, as those new dampers attempt – and often fail – to keep vertical body movements in check with any subtlety...
Should I buy one?
Depends if you’re really looking for a driver’s car – because according to Audi’s own figures, most Q5 owners aren’t. And considered as a less specialised range-topping option for the Q5 range, the SQ5 makes a strong enough case for itself. It mixes class-leading costs of ownership with serious ground-covering performance, understated Germanic design appeal and a cabin that can be considered outstanding in its quality, richness and space. But those looking for a really great-handling SUV should probably either stick with plan A – buy a Range Rover Evoque – or gamble on plan B, which is to wait for Audi’s Q3 RS. Which, incidentally, is being developed by Quattro GmbH. ‘Nuff said.