Small, fun-to-drive, and packed full of advanced technology, the 2017 Audi Q5 is an obvious choice for many seeking a crossover SUV. Whether you want to defy expectations in the standard Q5 line, or push boundaries with SQ5, your options are limitless in this Audi vehicle.

Both the Q5 and SQ5 offer something different, depending on your needs. To help you decide between the two, we’ve compared some of the main differences below.

The 2017 Audi Q5 vs. The 2017 Audi SQ5


Sleek, athletic, and bold is an easy way to describe both the Q5 and SQ5, but each also stands out in its own way. For example, while both models feature Audi’s distinctive Singleframe® grille, the SQ5 comes standard in Platinum Gray.

Named by Kelley Blue Book as one of the 10 Most Fun SUVs for 2016, there’s no denying the sporty feel of the SQ5. For added athletic sophistication, the SQ5 offers:

  • Quad exhaust outlets
  • Three-spoke flat-bottom multifunction sport steering wheel
  • Twelve-way power front sport seats
  • Panoramic sunroof with power sunshade

Upgrade with the Black optic plus package and receive:

  • 20 or 21-inch Audi Sport® wheels
  • Gloss Black roof spoiler and exterior mirror housings
  • Matte Black rear diffuser and roof rails

If you prefer the Audi Q5 but want to amp up its sport appearance, opt for the S line® competition plus package. This includes:

  • S line® bumpers
  • S line® roof spoiler
  • Matte Black rear diffuser and roof rails
  • 21-inch Audi Sport® 5-double-spoke star design wheels

Or choose the Black optic package that features:

  • Gloss Black Singleframe® grilles
  • Matte Black roof rails
  • 20-inch Audi Sport® 5-V-spoke design Titanium-finished wheels  

The S line® exterior package also comes standard on the 3.0L TFSI® Q5 Premium Plus and Prestige trims.


Another key difference between the SQ5 and Q5 is the available performance technology. While you have more engine options with the Q5, the SQ5 takes precision up a notch with Audi S model suspension, which helps you stay tighter on curvy roads.

Between the five-link front S model sport suspension and the trapezoidal-link S model sport rear suspension, you’ll be able to conquer any road.

Both models offer the eight-speed Tiptronic® transmission with quattro® all-wheel drive that allows you to fully wield the power of Audi 2.0L and 3.0L TFSI® engines.  

If you’re still unsure which model is right for you, schedule a test drive at Jack Daniels Audi of Upper Saddle River in New Jersey. Our team of experts can answer any questions you may have.