Audi SQ5 2017 Pricing And Spec Confirmed
Audi SQ5 2017 Pricing And Spec Confirmed

Audi SQ5 2017 Pricing And Spec Confirmed


Audi Australia has introduced its second-generation SQ5, but the performance-focused mid-size SUV has eschewed its predecessor's thumping diesel engine for petrol power.

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Priced from $99,611 before on-road costs, the SQ5 now employs a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 unit that punches out 260kW of power between 5400-6400rpm and 500Nm of torque from 1370rpm-4500rpm.

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MORE: Read Richard Berry's first drive review of the 2017 Q5 and SQ5 here.

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Comparatively, the oil-burning first-gen produced 250kW between 4100-4300rpm and 700Nm from 1500-2550rpm in its final SQ5 Plus form thanks to a twin-turbo set-up.

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This change from diesel to petrol has also affected performance and efficiency, with the new SQ5 completing the sprint from zero to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds, which lags behind the former model's 5.1s run.

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The lastest-gen SQ5 drinks 8.7 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle test and emits 200 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometre.

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Meanwhile, the old version was more efficient with its 6.8L/100km fuel consumption and 180g/km CO2 emissions figures.

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However, the SQ5 has lost a significant 130kg over its forebear, weighing in at 1870kg after a diet of lightweight materials throughout the all-new powerplant and body.

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An eight-speed automatic transmission carries over, while power is put down to the ground via the German car-maker's 'quattro' all-wheel-drive system, which offers a 40/60 front/rear torque split with up to 85 per cent sent to either end if slip occurs.

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Complementing the newly developed five-link front and rear suspensions, adaptive dampers are adjustable via a multi-mode 'drive select' system, which also allows to the driver to modify engine, transmission and steering settings.

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Buyers are compensated for the extra $6656 cost over the outgoing model with the addition of several features that Audi claims add around $16,000 worth of value.

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Audi is believed to be considering the introduction of a potent diesel-powered SQ5 down the track.

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Standard equipment extends to an 8.3-inch 'MMI' multimedia system, satellite navigation with live traffic, voice control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto support, LTE connectivity, 12.3-inch 'virtual cockpit' digital instrument cluster, Nappa leather sports seats, hands-free electric tailgate, privacy glass and adaptive LED headlights with dynamic rear indicators.

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The exterior look is completed by 21-inch alloy wheels, which sit in front of 350mm ventilated front discs with six-piston callipers finished in red and 330mm rear rotors.

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A suite of safety and driver assistance features includes autonomous emergency braking (AEB), pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, cross traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring, surround-view and reversing cameras, park assist, high-beam assist and adaptive cruise control with stop/go function.

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The SQ5 will face stiff local competition from the 270kW/520Nm Mercedes-AMG GLC43 and 250kW/450Nm Jaguar F-Pace S, as well as the forthcoming 265kW/500Nm BMW X3 M40i.

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Audi is believed to be considering the introduction of a potent diesel-powered SQ5 down the track, but it is yet to be locked in for Australia.

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The entire Audi Q5 range, including the hi-po SQ5, is now on sale nationally at authorised dealerships.

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2017 Audi SQ5 Australian list pricing - $99,611

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Should Audi have continued with a diesel version of its SQ5? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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