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.