2016 Audi SQ5 SUV Release Date, Review, Specs, Price – The new 2016 Audi SQ5 comes a beautifully trimmed interior with sporty flourishes, impressive acceleration, top-notch handling, strong brakes, and an accommodating aft seat. The SUV release date should be expected in the coming weeks.
The vehicle comes mostly unchanged save for subtle changes on its interior upholstery and brake calipers. Very few options exist in the compact luxury crossover segment especially if you are seeking for a top-performance version. At the helm of them all is the 2016 Audi SQ5 despite coming with an installed supercharged 3.0L V6 drivetrain. The vehicle boasts of about thirty percent more power.
Furthermore, the SQ5 gains sporty seats, diamond stitched leather surfaces, sportier suspension tuning, subtle exterior styling and gray-faced gauges. Similar to the regular Q5, the SQ5 sports the same pros and cons such as the lack of top safety technology tidbits, inadequate interior space, and lack of versatility especially for the propriety music interface.
Exterior Review & Interior Changes – 2016 Audi SQ5
The compact luxury crossover 2016 Audi SQ5 will be provided in two trims: the Premium Plus and the plush Prestige model.
Some of the standard feature list available for the 2016 Audi SQ5 Premium Plus include a sport-tuned suspension, aluminum roof rails, a power liftgate, quad exhaust tips, automatic xenon headlights, 20” alloy wheels, LED running lights, heated power folding mirrors, summer performance tires, a rear roof spoiler, rain-sensing wipers, S specific body trim, and a panoramic sunroof/moonroof.
Furthermore, there is also a flat bottom telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, auxiliary audio jack, a sliding and reclining split folding rear seat, automatic climate control, keyless ignition, transmission programming, a CD player, heated eight-power front sporty seats, dash mounted controller, keyless entry, premium audio system, shift paddles, MMI infotainment system, and an SD card slot.
The Premium Plus also comes with an optional Technology package which comes bundled with premium audio system, ergonomic MMI controller, a color driver information display, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, HD radio, navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, and Wi-Fi capability.
The luxury laden 2016 Audi SQ5 Technology package comes with the Technology package as its standard equipment list, but adds rear door sunshades, cooled and heated cupholder, and adaptive headlights.
The Luxury package comes optional for the two trims and extends red brake calipers, premium leather upholstery, body color mirrors, rear side airbags, perforated front seats, matte black roof rails, diamond stitched leather upholstery, 21” wheels, and gloss-black exterior trim.
Interior wise, the vehicle comes with classy cabin elements conventionally provided in other top-performance models such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz. They include an exquisite aluminum/leather shift knob, simulated suede trim, and flat-bottomed steering wheel. Additionally, you will sport plenty of “SQ5” badges, aluminum pedals, diamond stitched leather upholstery, trademark gray instrument faces, and sport themed additions.
However, less inspiring is the standard MMI system. The controller and its associated buttons are less intuitive and easy to use. Additionally, the Premium Plus trim doesn’t come equipped with Bluetooth audio and a knob mounted joystick. Another apathetic feature is the outdated propriety audio interface.
2016 Audi SQ5 Engine Specs
The vehicle comes fitted with a supercharged 3L V6 engine capable of cranking out 354 hp and 346 pounds of torque. Just as the regular Q5, the vehicle comes standard with an eight-speed auto transmission system and an AWD. In our own-conducted test drive, a 2016 Audi SQ5 was able to clock 5.0 seconds from a naught to 60 mph sprint.
The EPA ratings for the SQ5 are 17/24/19 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Some of the safety equipment to expect include a rearview camera, blind spot monitor, traction control, antilock brakes, back and front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and side curtain airbags.
The brake testing we conducted resulted in the 2016 Audi SQ5 stopping from an acceleration of 0-60 mph in a dumbfounding 103ft.
Wheelbase: 9 ft. 2.5 in. (110.5 in.)
Length: 15 ft. 2.6 in. (182.6 in.)
Width: 6 ft. 2.7 in. (74.7 in.)
Passenger volume: N/A
Cargo volume: 29.1 cu.ft
Maximum cargo capacity: 57.3 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 4475 lbs
Top Speed: 128 mph
0-60: 5,0 sec
MPG: 17/24 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Black, Cuvee Silver Metallic, Daytona Gray Pearl Effect, Florett Silver Metallic, Glacier White Metallic, Ibis White, Lava Gray Metallic, Monsoon Gray Metallic…
Towing Capacity: 4400 lbs
2016 Audi SQ5 Price & Release Date
Expect the 2016 Audi SQ5 3.0T Premium Plus Quattro to set you back by an MSRP starting from $53,300, the 3.0T Prestige Quattro – $60,800. As for its release date, expect the vehicle to go for sale sometime before this fall.