2021 Audi SQ5 revealed: price, specs and release date
November 17, 2020 by
The Audi SQ5 has been given a few subtle upgrades for 2021, including tweaked bodywork and new infotainment tech. Read on for full details.
- Tweaked styling
- Upgraded diesel engine
- New infotainment system
- On sale in late November
- Will cost from £56,600
- £71,750 Vorsprung models
Let’s start with its design. Look closely and you’ll spot a new grille that’s specific to the S models and a remodeled rear bumper. Both bumpers get a brushed aluminium-effect strip and there’s a quartet of very shiny (but also very fake) exhaust tips at the back.
Top-spec SQ5 TDI Vorsprung models, come with larger 21-inch alloy wheels (20-inch come fitted on the standard model) and some extra black bumper and wing-mirror trims.
Bigger changes are more apparent under the new SQ5’s bonnet. The 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine gets stronger steel pistons, an upgraded turbocharger system and some extra cooling, but still produces the same 341hp and 700Nm as before.
As in the old car, there’s a mild-hybrid system that uses a small electric motor gives the engine a boost when you accelerate. The 0-60mph sprint takes the same 5.1 seconds as before.
The Audi SQ5’s suspension has been tuned with performance in mind, so it’s firmer and 30mm lower than the standard Q5’s. Range-topping Vorsprung variants come equipped with a sports differential at the back that helps maximise grip when you accelerate out of corners.
Interior updates include the updated MMI 10.1-inch touchscreen, which runs the new MIB 3 infotainment software and can be controlled via voice commands or buttons on the steering wheel.
The electrically adjustable sport seats come with Nappa leather trim and feature embossed S logos and contrasting stitching. You also get some brushed aluminium inlays on the dashboard and doors as standard, while the SQ5 TDI Vorsprung versions are trimmed in carbon fibre instead.
Vorsprung trim also adds a head-up display, Bang & Olufsen sound system, panoramic glass sunroof and electrically adjustable steering wheel.
2021 Audi SQ5 price and release date
The new Audi SQ5 will cost from £56,600 for the standard car and rise to £71,750 for the Vorsprung edition. You’ll be able to put your name down in late November 2020, but you’ll have to wait until 2021 for your car to be delivered.
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