The new Audi SQ5 is a practical SUV with the latest technology and a 3.0 TFSI that offers powerful performance combined with further enhanced efficiency. The V6 engine has an output of 354hp and delivers 500Nm of torque which allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds while still being 14kg lighter than the previous supercharged V6 TFSI engine available in some markets. A fast and smooth eight-speed tiptronic transmits this power with lower gears that feature short, sporty ratios and long upper gears to reduce revs and fuel consumption.
Excellent handling is made possible thanks to quattro permanent all-wheel drive which distributes engine power with a slight rear-axle bias in normal conditions and, when necessary, sends the majority of the power to the axle with better traction. This handling is further enhanced with the optional sport differential which actively distributes torque between the rear wheels via two superposition stages and its management is integrated into the Audi drive select control system.
Driver assistance systems come from the high-tech portfolio of the Audi Q5. Systems include predictive efficiency assistant which can provide driving tips to help the driver save fuel and adaptive cruise control including traffic jam assist which can handle some of the steering work in slow-moving traffic. Along with Audi active lane assist, cross traffic assist rear, collision avoidance assist, turn assist and Audi pre sense city, all of these systems help the driver stay safe in everyday traffic.
MMI navigation plus with MMI all-in-touch and an 8.3 inch display features as the SQ5's top of the range infotainment system. The system has the ability to recognise handwritten input and familiar touch gestures used on other electronics. The MMI operating logic is based on the flat hierarchies used in smartphones and has intelligent free-text search along with natural-language voice control function. Other infotainment and technology highlights include Audi virtual cockpit, head-up display and Audi smartphone interface.
The Audi SQ5 will come with a comprehensive list of standard equipment. Irish pricing & availability TBC. Contact Audi Centre to register your interest in this new model.