Plus-size model

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Prestige -

Sound-en­hanced feed­back into the cabin makes the en­gine sound gruff and pur­pose­ful at low revs and for a diesel it does a rea­son­able im­per­son­ation of sporti­ness as it spins harder.

Full loads are barely felt and it will haul 2000kg if re­quired, though in ei­ther case you won’t

get re­motely near the claimed 6.8L/100km.

The ride is the only let-down. The sus­pen­sion, tuned to cope with more than two tonnes, does an ad­mirable job when that much metal is mov­ing quickly.

At less than warp speeds, the ride is too rigid to be called com­fort­able at 80km/h on back roads. High­ways are ac­cept­able and the SQ5 Plus is even OK around town.

Four adults can travel in com­fort, pro­vid­ing they aren’t overly tall. There’s not too much legroom front or rear and rear head­room can also be an is­sue.

The 540L cargo area can ferry the weekly gro­ceries and there’s a pow­ered tail­gate. The Plus has few mi­nuses be­yond the price. As an add-on to the SQ5 line-up, it brings even bet­ter real-world per­for­mance with ex­tra in­te­rior glam­our. That has to be a pos­i­tive.

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