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First Drive: 2018 Audi SQ5

Take one part Audi S4 and S5 powertrain. Mix that with a bit of Q5 body work. What do you have? A surprisingly good fat wagon that goes by the name of 2018 Audi SQ5.

There’s over 350 horsepower on tap. An optional rear sport differential makes sure the power is applied purposefully. An optional adaptive air suspension system keeps the car planted when it needs to be and allows it to raise up when necessary. Large front brakes with six-piston calipers haul the action down to a stop in short order.

If you need a luxury crossover but want a luxury sports sedan… this is the car for you.

[Disclaimer: Audi put me on a plane and sent me to British Columbia. There was a hotel, food, and booze involved as well.]

  • CraigSu

    Your disclaimer makes it sound like you weren’t given a choice in the matter.

  • outback_ute

    The previous one had a diesel engine in Australia but I don’t think that will be returning…