The 2021 Audi SQ5 joins the ranks of five-occupant luxury SUVs with a sportier side thanks in large part to its bolder exterior and extra dose of horsepower. While most people buy SUVs because of their commanding viewpoint and cargo capacity, some car shoppers want these attributes on something wilder, faster and more aggressive.
Using the Q5 as its base, the SQ5 aims to tick all the right boxes for a performance-oriented clientele shopping among rivals that include the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, BMW X3 M40i and Mercedes-AMG GLC43. It doesn’t hurt that the SQ5 continues Audi’s reputation for crafting some of the finest interiors in the luxury vehicle market.
As we’ve discovered, this SUV is a comfortable place to spend your time, though not every aspect of the driving experience lives up to the performance promise. Be certain to read our complete review from Aaron Bragman on the 2021 Audi SQ5 by following the link above; or, for a quick recap of our likes and dislikes after spending some time with it, keep reading right here.
Things We Like
1. Clean and Lean Design
Like the Q5 it’s based on, the SQ5 benefits from a subtle exterior redesign for 2021. As we noted in our review, the result is a cleaner and leaner look, and the District Green paint job of our tester looked sharp with optional blacked-out chrome exterior trim and 21-inch two-tone wheels. Simply put, the SQ5 stands out more than the Q5 but doesn’t go too heavy on look-at-me design touches.