2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback

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2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Review: Coupe All The Things

Audi has been relatively late when it comes to "coupe-ifying" its crossover range but ever since it started shaving steel off the tailgate, it has noticed a spike in interest for its high-riding products. The Audi SQ5 Sportback in particular has added a more dynamic element to its current range of offerings as it challenges the BMW X4 M40i and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe head-on by employing a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine to produce 349 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Using this, the SQ5 will sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds, which some might argue is as quick as you really want to go in an SUV.

While it may be on par with its rivals in terms of performance, Ingolstadt's competitor takes a more reserved approach to appearances as it maintains smooth and composed design cues across the interior and exterior. With prices starting at $59,200 MSRP, the SQ5 also undercuts the competition by a few thousand dollars.

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2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 SQ5 Sportback?

The entire Audi Q5 range was handed a conclusive set of updates for 2021 that acted as the introduction for the SQ5 Sportback. The only alteration made to the model is the carbon fiber interior trim, called Carbon Atlas, which is now a standard offering.

Pros and Cons

  • Doesn't compromise much over the SUV configuration
  • Respectable list of standard features
  • Visually distinctive from the rear
  • Comfortable chassis is ideal for daily use
  • Cabin design is tasteful, modern, and high quality
  • Not very exciting to drive
  • Sits in the shadows of its competitors
  • Not as compelling next to the SUV option

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2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.0T Premium quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
3.0T Prestige quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
3.0T Premium Plus quattro
3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2022 SQ5 Sportback Exterior

2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Front Angle View Audi
2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Rear-Facing View Audi
2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Front View Audi
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  • Length 184.6 in
  • Wheelbase 111.0 in
  • Height 65.4 in
  • Max Width 74.5 in
  • Front Width 63.6 in
  • Rear Width 63.3 in
  • Curb Weight 4,321.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect +$595
  • Florett Silver Metallic +$595
  • Glacier White Metallic +$595
  • Mythos Black Metallic +$595
  • District Green Metallic +$595
  • Ultra Blue Metallic +$595
  • Ibis White
  • Quantum Gray

2022 SQ5 Sportback Performance

2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Driving Front Angle Audi
2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Rear Perspective Driving Audi
2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Rim Audi

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    3.0L Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

Riding on a front and rear multi-link suspension with the added benefit of adaptive damping, the SQ5 Sportback holds its own fairly well through a sharp series of corners. The electrically assisted power steering can change the feeling of weight, dependent on speed, making fast cornering an easier task on the arms. Both of these elements have been tuned to be elegant and graceful, so you'll never feel any element of a performance car while doing so. The ride is plush, despite the standard fitment of low-profile 20-inch alloy wheels, so any inconsistencies along the surface will be greatly softened from the perspective of the driver's seat.

If you select the S Sport package, available on the Premium Plus and Prestige trim for $3,000, the compact crossover evolves into a slightly more capable performance car with the inclusion of a sport rear differential and adaptive air suspension. Using these two pieces of equipment, the SQ5 becomes tighter around the corners but the overall feeling is still on the plush side. With the added benefit of air, this package also improves the overall ride quality that undulates over harsher surfaces. These models also have access to the $1,150 speed-dependent variable-ratio dynamic steering, available only with the S Sport pack. With this applied the steering sharpness of the crossover increases or decreases based on your speed. Audi says it enhances confidence behind the wheel when faced with a series of intricate apexes, but we think it does the opposite as the same corner at different speeds can feel entirely different.

Despite having active damping and generous ground clearance, the SQ5 Sportback has a clear weakness on gravel roads, regardless of whether the aforementioned package is selected. The ride becomes jittery and unbalanced, translation a total contrast to the brand's rich rally history.

2022 SQ5 Sportback Interior

2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Dashboard Audi
2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Multifunction Steering Wheel Audi
2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Infotainment System Audi
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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 40.9 in
  • Front Head Room 39.6 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.3 in

2022 SQ5 Sportback Trunk and Cargo Space

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2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Trunk Space Audi
2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Door Storage Audi

2022 SQ5 Sportback Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback A Good SUV?

Objectively speaking, the Audi SQ5 Sportback is a good car for one in the warm coupe crossover segment. But if it's an athletic ability that you're after, this is unlikely to suit your needs as much as the X4 M40i or GLC 43 Coupe would. Ingolstadt's contender fails to translate the same dynamic edge as its neighbors and resultantly fails to advance the Audi Sport reputation.

However, that doesn't mean that there's no appeal to be found in the SQ5 at all as it is the most practical offering of the big German three. The powertrain is one of the most refined examples in its segment without compromising straight-line performance. So long as you keep it off the gravel, the ride will be more than satisfactory for daily usage with the added benefit of an adaptive suspension system and speed-sensitive steering.

It's not the most visually striking model in its class, but next to the SQ5 SUV, it certainly is more distinctive as it merges conservative styling from the front and rear with an athletic silhouette provided by the sloping D-pillar to create a liftback appearance.

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2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback Comparisons

Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe Mercedes-Benz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Audi SQ5 Sportback349 hp19/24 mpg$59,900
BMW X4 248 hp21/28 mpg$54,200
Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe 385 hp16/24 mpg$66,500

2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback vs BMW X4

BMW pretty much invented the crossover coupe segment with the X6 so it has become more than familiar with how to tackle the segment. With the X4 M40i, BMW has successfully provided its contender with a distinctive M Sport feel that is not as apparent in the SQ5 Sportback. The powertrain offers more enthusiastic characteristics from the power delivery of its 382 hp (nearly 40 more than the Audi) and 369 lb-ft to the engine note on its way to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds (three-tenths quicker than the Audi). Its eight-speed automatic transmission also has an element of aggression when rapidly shifting through the gears. Despite this, it's a car that can be used with comfort daily thanks to a reasonably soft-sprung ride and a direct and fluid electrically assisted steering wheel. At $62,400 MSRP, it is a bit more of an expensive option compared to the base SQ5 Sportback but its standard specification is in line with the Premium Plus which bears the same price. If we were looking at non-performance-minded alternatives, we would be having a different conversation.

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2022 Audi SQ5 Sportback vs Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 Coupe

Whereas the SQ5 is a diluted Audi Sport experience, the GLC 43 is a fully-fledged AMG product powered by a delightful twin-turbo gasoline V6 engine. 385 hp is sent to all four wheels via its impressive 9G-Tronic automatic transmission that is more driver-oriented than Audi's Tiptronic. At $66,500, it is a costly choice. To get it to the same standard as the flagship SQ5 Sportback, you'll also need to select a good few optional extras that will see its price climb much closer to the $70,000 mark. If you are looking for a more commanding visual presence and an unfiltered performance experience, the AMG will be the right choice for you but where practicality and general daily usability are concerned, the SQ5 Sportback manages things better as it translates a better ride comfort and lower noise vehicle harshness levels partly thanks to a more refined powertrain.

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