Buyers Seeking One Tidy Package will rank Audi’s SQ5 among the best cars of 2023.
The SQ5 Sportback is both an SUV and a Sports Car.
Among Audi’s best cars of 2023, the SQ5 stands apart for versatility. A 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine produces 349 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That translates into a 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Larger wheels, stickier tires, adaptive suspension and dynamic steering further enhance the driving experience. Yet, the sportier version of Audi’s Q5 manages to not sacrifice on ride comfort to gain all the sporty attributes. Paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system, the engine is rated at 21 MPG combined. Additionally, the SQ5 Sportback’s 4,400 pound two rating puts it among the best in its segment.
Features Deliver to Luxury SUV Buyer Expectations
Equally impressive in looks and luxury, the sleek and sporty coupe-like profile of the SQ5 Sportback features sharp lines, an aggressive front grille, and LED headlights. It continues to impress inside with a spacious and luxurious cabin with seating for five. SQ5 checks the technology boxes with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital gauge cluster, a 10.1-inch infotainment display and its range of advanced safety features. Automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning come standard. Also adding to its list of luxuries, the Prestige Package on our tester added a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system, panoramic sunroof and Surround-view camera system. With Floretti silver paint outside, Magma Red Nappa leather seats, black optic package, all-in total MSRP was $76,515.
Overall, the 2023 Audi SQ5 Sportback is a stylish and high-performing luxury SUV. Among Audi’s best cars of 2023, it offers a unique blend of comfort, technology, and sporty driving dynamics.
SQ5 Intro is Part of New Strategy
The Audi compact segment has been a focus for 2023. Audi promises to continue refreshing its entire lineup. In fact, plans call for it to produce now more than 20 new cars over the next two years. The brand has announced it will use odd numbers for cars with combustion engines and even numbers for EVs.