The 2014 Audi SQ5 is offered a compact, five-passenger luxury crossover in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels. The 2014 Audi SQ5 standard on the Premium Plus with 20-inch wheels with summer tires, brake systems, a lowered sports suspension, xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights, S-specific trim, Auto Dimming / power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, a rear roof spoiler, a power liftgate and quad tailpipes.
There are also keyless ignition / entry, heated eight-way power front sport seats, a flat-bottom tilt-telescopic steering wheel, leather / faux-suede upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, adjustable drive settings, a sliding and reclining 40/20 ‘/ 40 split rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity, the Audi-based Multi Media Interface (MMI) fitted with a dashboard controller and a 10 speaker sound system with CD player, iPod / USB input, an audio auxiliary jack and satellite radio.
The 2014 Audi SQ5 Prestige adds the adaptive headlights, a blind-spot monitoring system, a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, heated / cooled cup holders, rear door sunshades and the Audi MMI Navigation Plus Package, the rear parking sensors, includes a navigation system, color driver information display, digital music storage, voice control, a rearview camera, HD radio, “Audi connect” online services (mobile WiFi capability) and an ergonomic MMI controller that is mounted on the center console.
Some of the prestigious standard features found on the Premium Plus optional, including the updated MMI package. The Prestige is also entitled to two packages: the driver assistance package adds adaptive cruise control and variable-ratio steering, while the Comfort package comes enhanced with leather trim and ventilated front seats. Optional for both 2014 Audi SQ5 models (but not on the prestige with the Comfort Pack) is the extended leather interior. Other outstanding options include 21-inch wheels, a rear-seat entertainment system with two screens, delete sunroof, rear side airbags and layered aluminum / wood inlays.
2014 Audi SQ5 Interior
The 2014 Audi SQ5 envisages regular Audi Q5 exclusive cabin and throws it a smattering of decent sports-themed touches. In most cases, the same luxurious materials are used, but the 2014 Audi SQ5 get extras like the flat-bottom steering wheel with gearshift paddles, simulated suede, an exquisite leather / aluminum shift knob and a lot of “SQ5” badge. You’ll also find aluminum trimmed pedals and brand gray instrument faces of S lineup. All in all it is a well-executed renovation of what was already a very nice interior.
Unfortunately lends standard MMI system of SQ5 his dash-mounted controller from the base Audi Q5, and it is equally frustrating here. The controller and the associated keys require an awkward reach for more seat driver, while the MMI software itself is an earlier, less intuitive version. Conversely, the navigation-equipped models receive the latest MMI system with a comfortable console-mounted controller that is easier to use. Also included an additional joystick button for more control, Google Maps satellite images and Audi connect online services with mobile Wi-Fi capability.
Although the Audi Q5 is considered a compact crossover, it has plenty of room for four good sized adults. The front sport seats offer high and adjustability, while the rear seats provide ample legroom and standard shift functionality lean back, if not in this segment. With folded rear seat backrests of the 2014 Audi SQ5 can tow up to 57.3 cubic feet of cargo, which is on the lower side compared to other small luxury transitions. The cargo space behind the rear seats measures 29.1 cubic feet of another standard.
2014 Audi SQ5 Engine
The 2014 Audi SQ5 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with 354 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive and an eight-speed -automatic are standard. The Audi estimates that sprint to 60 mph is just 5.1 seconds; for comparison requires less powerful Q5 3.0T 5.8 seconds to 60 hit in performance testing. Fuel consumption, according to the EPA’s 18 mpg combined (16 city / 23 highway).
2014 Audi SQ5 Safety
The 2014 Audi SQ5 the Standard safety equipment include mirrors that regular stability and traction control, front side airbags and the side curtain airbags. The rear side airbags are optional on both models, while the blind-spot monitoring system is available with the Premium Plus and Standard on Prestige. The Audi MMI Navigation Package includes rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. It have not yet undergone 2014 Audi SQ5 our braking tests, but the Audi Q5 3.0T with its smaller front brakes stopped in a very short 109 meters.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing of regular 2014 Audi SQ5 achieved the highest possible rating of “Good” in the medium overlap frontal-offset, the side impact and roof strength tests. Its seat / head restraint design was “good” with for whiplash protection in a rear impact.