The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Prestige -

PRICE The Plus ver­sion is $16,300 more than an SQ5. Audi says it has added $13,000 of ex­tra kit on top of the driv­e­train up­grades and ex­pects about 20 per cent of SQ5 buy­ers will go for the Plus. TECH­NOL­OGY A sports diff is stan­dard on the SQ5 Plus, shunt­ing torque to the ap­pro­pri­ate rear wheel when cor­ner­ing to help get around the bend. The adap­tive cruise con­trol is also in­te­grated with au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing. PER­FOR­MANCE This is a se­ri­ous SUV by any petrol or diesel stan­dards with a 10kW/50Nm boost over the SQ5. Only the BMW X4 35d comes close on the diesel list but at $89,900 it is a ri­val for a reg­u­lar SQ5. Porsche’s Ma­can GTS is the near­est petrol per­for­mance com­peti­tor at $109,500. DRIV­ING The ride is firm-to-jig­gly and there’s no adap­tive damp­ing to soften the blows … as you’d prob­a­bly ex­pect from Audi’s sporti­est SUV to date. The up­side is it sits flat and can be hus­tled around most turns faster than is legally al­lowed. DE­SIGN A rel­a­tively small in­fo­tain­ment screen and the ab­sence of Audi’s lat­est “vir­tual cock­pit” show the SQ5’s age but the cabin, es­pe­cially in Plus guise, still smells of qual­ity.

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