Newspress Awards 2024 wide

Automotive Website of the Year

Automotive Website of the Year

Newspress Awards 2024 wide

Automotive Website of the Year

Automotive Website of the Year

Find an Expert Rating: 

The Audi SQ5 is back – as a diesel

Performance mid-size SUV returns, with a complex new diesel engine replacing previous petrol unit

Our Expert Partners:

Motorway 600x300

Sell your car with Motorway
Find out more

Cazoo 600x300

Find your next car with Cazoo
Find out more

ALA Insurance logo 2022 600x300

Warranty and GAP from ALA Insurance
Find out more

Motors 600x300

Find your next car with Motors.co.uk
Find out more

MotorEasy logo 300x150

Warranty, servicing and tyres from MotorEasy
Find out more

Mycardirect subscriptions – 600x300

Carsubscriptions from Mycardirect
Find out more


Audi has reintroduced its sporty SQ5 SUV after a six-month hiatus, but the previous petrol engine has been swapped for a mild-hybrid diesel unit.

The first-generation version of the Audi SQ5 was diesel-only, but the second-generation model introduced in 2017 was powered by a 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine.

As with many German performance cars, the petrol SQ5 was killed off last year by the new WLTP emissions regulations. Audi suffered more than most from the new WLTP rules, with large numbers of all its models withdrawn from sale. Sales plunged by more than 40% for the last quarter of 2018 and were still down by about 30% in January this year.

Almost all of Audi’s performance ‘S’ and ‘RS’ models had to be removed from sale for failure to meet WLTP requirements. Most of them are still not available to order from Audi dealers, although the TT RS has recently returned.

The new Audi SQ5 TDI is powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre diesel engine churning out 342bhp and 700Nm of torque. This helps the SQ5 to sprint from 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds and keep going to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Power is sent to all four wheels by an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The engine also features 48-volt mild-hybrid technology to help reduce fuel consumption when coasting or idling. The unit also uses electrically-powered compression adopted from the larger SQ7’s engine, which helps to ensure a rapid power delivery with no turbo lag.

2019 Audi SQ5 TDI interior | The Car Expert

Audi has adopted a toned-down approach with the SQ5’s styling, with few differences over the standard Q5. It does, however, feature revised bumpers, an aluminium finish to its front grille and 20-inch alloy wheels to set it apart from the Q5. Panther Black paint is also exclusive to the SQ5.

Two trim levels will be offered on the model – SQ5 TDI and SQ5 TDI Vorsprung.

Standard equipment includes an eight-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, Nappa leather sports seats, LED lights and a digital ’Virtual Cockpit’, while Vorsprung grade adds matrix LED headlights, park assist and a head-up display, to name just a few of the extras.

Sales for the Audi SQ5 TDI are expected to start in the spring, with prices to be announced nearer the time.

Latest news from the car industry at The Car Expert

Stuart Masson
Stuart Massonhttps://www.thecarexpert.co.uk/
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.