2018 Audi SQ5 Updated With New Goodies And 350-HP Twin-Turbo V6

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Unfortunately, the US still doesn't get the incredible diesel model.

Audi's US lineup is quite different from its European offerings. The US doesn't receive as many RS models, so S models like the SQ5 are sometimes the best we have to aspire to. The SQ5 is a perfect example, and Audi has just given this insanely fast family-mobile a nice update. The 2018 SQ5 ditches the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 for a twin turbocharged unit. Output is now 354 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque through a broad 1,370 to 4,500 rpm range. The only transmission on offer will be an eight-speed automatic that sends power to all four wheels.

The SQ5 will rocket a medium-sized family to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. Not only is this SUV quick in a straight line, it should be fast around the bends thanks to active torque distribution through a sport differential. For the 2018 model, the SQ5 will also have new suspension with an optional sport adaptive air suspension which can raise the ride height by 30 mm compared to the standard suspension. The SQ5 has four drive modes, comfort, auto, dynamic and individual and models equipped with air suspension will also have a special off-road lift mode. These modes affect the car's variable steering system which makes slow-speed maneuvering easier while retaining a sporty feel.

The inside of the SQ5 is differentiated like most Audi S models with a flat-bottom steering wheel, stainless steel or carbon fiber inlays, S badging, and sport seats with diamond stitching. Technology is improved for 2018 with MMI touch and available virtual cockpit technology, which replaces traditional gauges with a screen. There's also an available full-color HUD and Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility. The SQ5 is the closest thing that we will get to an S4 Avant in the US, but we still wish that Audi would give us the diesel SQ5 that's available in Europe. In the US, the SQ5 is the only sporty Audi SUV that is currently offered, so for now it is the coolest family-cruiser in the range.

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