Audi Q5 vs Audi SQ5 at Audi Cincinnati East

When it comes to luxury compact SUVs, it's hard to ignore the high benchmark that the proven Audi Q5 has set for the segment. It continues to deliver class-leading levels of premium comfort amenities, connected technology, and state-of-the-art driver-assistance innovations to keep you safe behind the wheel. Its performance counterpart, the thrilling Audi SQ5, maintains this exceptionally high standard of excellence while taking the exhilaration to the next level with race-inspired design cues inside and out. Understandably, you might be torn between these two outstanding Audi SUVs and might need some additional information to help you make the right decision. That's precisely the reason why our team at Audi Cincinnati East has created this in-depth comparison that gives you a side-by-side look at both the Audi Q5 and SQ5. Let's get started!

Q5 vs SQ5 - Quick Comparison

Audi Q5Audi SQ5
2022 Audi Q5VS2022 Audi SQ5
$43,300Starting MSRP$55,800
2.0L Turbocharged 4-CylinderStandard Engine3.0L Turbocharged V6
7-Speed S tronic® Dual-Clutch AutomaticTransmission8-Speed Tiptronic® Automatic
201 / 236 lb-ftHorsepower / Torque349 / 369 lb-ft
261 / 273 lb-ft or
362 / 369 lb-ft
Horsepower / Torque
18 inchesStandard Wheel Size20 inches
N/APerformance SuspensionS-specific adaptive damping
suspension and brake system
6.8 seconds (40 TFSI®)0-60 MPH Time4.7 seconds
130 MPH (40 TFSI®)Top Speed155 MPH


Audi Q5
Audi SQ5

Although both are certainly capable in their own right, there are a number of key differences between the Audi Q5 and performance-focused SQ5. Beginning with the Q5, drivers have their choice of three distinct engines including a 201-horsepower turbo 4-cylinder, 261-horsepower turbo 4-cylinder, and even a sophisticated 362-horsepower PHEV powertrain. On the other hand, the dynamic SQ5 is powered by a precision-tuned 349-horsepower turbocharged V6. Standard Q5 models come standard with a 7-speed S tronic® dual-clutch transmission while the SQ5 boasts a more responsive 8-speed Tiptronic® automatic.

There are a number of important differences between the Q5 and SQ5 when we look at the performance data. Compared to the standard Q5, the SQ5 boasts a 0 to 60 time that's over a full 2 seconds quicker. Similarly, the SQ5 is capable of a higher top speed than the standard Q5. Another advantage of the SQ5 is its available S-specific adaptive damping suspension and brake system, helping you enjoy an exhilarating ride at all speeds. Larger 20-inch wheels included as standard on the SQ5 is another way to distinguish it from its Q5 counterpart.

Interiors Compared

Audi Q5 Interior
Audi SQ5 Interior

Shifting our attention to the interiors of both the Audi Q5 and SQ5, drivers will continue to spot a number of key differences between the two. Highlights of the track-inspired SQ5 include its available front sport seats trimmed in Fine Nappa leather with a diamond stitching pattern. It also stands out with its Carbon Atlas dash inlays that add to its race-inspired look. When it comes to the Q5, drivers have their choice of a variety of eye-catching materials and amenities including natural wood inlays and brushed aluminum accents. Since they are built on an identical platform, both share identical interior measurements including 54 cubic inches of total cargo capacity and generous amounts of head and legroom across both rows of seating. Both also are available with a massive power panoramic sunroof, the award-winning Audi virtual cockpit, and both heating and ventilation functions for the front seats. In general, those searching for a race-inspired cockpit will feel right at home inside the SQ5 while others in search of a more contemporary look will appreciate the Q5 range.


Audi Q5 MMI System
Audi SQ5 Audio System

Technology features are plentiful in both the Audi Q5 and SQ5. Once again, you'll notice some overlap in terms of standard equipment for both these SUVs. Both the Q5 and SQ5 come standard with the groundbreaking MMI® touch display with a 10.1-inch touchscreen along with a 7-inch color driver information system, Audi smartphone interface featuring Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, and the innovative Audi drive select system. When it comes to driver assistance, available features on both the Q5 and SQ5 are highlighted by Audi side assist, lane departure sensing, adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, heads-up display, top-view camera system, and more. For a superlative listening experience inside the Q5 and SQ5, drivers can opt for an upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system featuring a separate subwoofer for exceptional depth and clarity.