The new Audi SQ5 TDI high-performance SUV is the first ever diesel-fuelled ‘S’ model to be seen on UK roads. Audi marks this milestone just six years after the Audi R10 became a part of history as the first ever sports prototype under TDI power to be a champion at Le Mans. The new high-performance SUV gives consumers a blend of 313PS and 41mpg-plus capability.
Audi has already started to take orders for this model, which has a price tag of £43,870 OTR. Deliveries in the UK will start next spring. The SQ5 TDI is able to do justice to the ‘S’ badge and also demonstrates the famous TDI frugality by using the newest 3.0-litre V6 BiTDI engine, which produces the 313PS output, delivered between 3,900 and 4,500rpm, with a peak 650 Nm of torque relayed between 1,450 and 2,800 rpm.
SQ5 TDI is able to channel its power through an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and via quattro all-wheel-drive. This enables the model to go from zero to 62mph in just 5.1 seconds and proceed to a limited 155mph top speed. The model utilizes innovative thermal management on the engine start-stop system and a regulated oil pump, enabling it to return 41.5mpg, under the official combined cycle test, resulting to a CO2 emissions level of 179g/km.
The potent new unit uses two turbochargers that are connected in series with the use of a flap. To achieve high performance, special designs were used for the cylinder head cooling, the timing and lift of the intake cam shafts, the pistons, their oil-jet cooling and the piston pins. The boundaries are blurred due to a sound actuator in the exhaust system, making the full-bodied V6 TDI exhaust note get a gruff edge that evokes memories of a classic sports car.
Audi SQ5 TDI runs 30mm lower than the standard Audi Q5 on the exclusive ‘S’ sports suspension. Its arches are also amply filled by 20” 5-parallel-spoke-design alloy wheels, enabling the new generation SUV to build on its already-established reputation for delivering nimble handling. It also boasts suitably sporting driving characteristics that can be further fine-tuned with the optional drive select adaptive dynamics system.
The Audi drive select allows you to choose from Auto, Comfort, Efficiency, and Dynamic modes. There’s a fifth Individual mode that allows for a greater degree of customization if an HDD satellite navigation (optional) is installed. All of these modes affect the weighting of electromechanical power steering, the throttle response, the exhaust sound actuator, and the transmission shift points. However, these modes may likewise vary the ratio of the operating and the steering characteristics of the suspension in case the additional damper control and dynamic steering options are ordered.
Other than the large wheels with black brake calipers that display the Audi SQ5 logo, the new SQ5 TDI’s most striking and distinctive design cues are its single-frame grille in platinum grey with galvanized aluminium-look double bars, its roof spoiler, its aluminium-look door mirror housings, its quadruple tailpipes, and its ‘S’ specific bumper design. In keeping with the other ‘S’ models, the Audi SQ5 TDI also showcases xenon headlights plus LED daytime running lamps.