AT A GLANCE
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.