Audi SQ5 3,0T FSI QU­AT­TRO Tip­tronic

08/12 13,24 L/100 km 9 613 km

Car (South Africa) - - TEST -

Dur­ing a re­cent trip to the fill­ing sta­tion, a pair of petrol at­ten­dants panned the SQ5 for its most con­tro­ver­sial styling cue: those fake ex­haust out­lets. Yes, the quar­tet of chrome-edged ori­fices you see here are in fact not ori­fices at all and are in­stead blanked off with black plas­tic (Audi isn’t the only brand guilty of this trick). Drop to the floor to peer be­hind these faux ex­its (as said at­ten­dants did) and you’ll spy a sin­gle mod­est pipe at each end.

Street-cred is­sues aside, the SQ5’S ex­haust sys­tem de­liv­ers a broad au­ral range span­ning from open-road re­fine­ment to full-throt­tle vigour. – Ryan Bubear

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