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Audi SQ5: yours for just over £50k

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Want a sports car and SUV rolled into one? Then you’ll need a spare £51,200.

That’s how much Audi’s new SQ5 is going to cost when it goes on sale in the UK this summer.

Audi first unveiled the hot SUV at the Detroit Motor Show last month, revealing that the new model would receive a brand new 3.0-litre turbo V6 petrol engine producing 349bhp and 500Nm of torque, available between 1,370rpm and 4,500rpm.

The same engine features in the latest S5 Coupe and Sportback.

It’s a change of pace for Audi as the current SQ5 has a high power diesel engine under its bonnet.

Indeed, the new car will actually be a fraction slower from 0-62mph, taking 5.4 seconds as opposed to 5.1 seconds.

The current SQ5 also beats the incoming models when it comes to fuel economy and emissions, returning 42.8mpg and 174g/km of C02 compared with 34mpg and 189g/km.

Audi SQ5 3.0 TFSI

That’s quite a stark difference when you consider that the new SUV will be 35kg lighter thanks to new body architecture.

Audi hasn’t yet said whether it will also be introducing a diesel-powered SQ5 somewhere down the line.

Given the government’s volte face on diesel power, perhaps the German company could be forgiven for hedging its bets on some new models.

Styling-wise, the new SQ5 is more in line with the looks of the latest Audi Q5 but unsurprisingly adds some sportier detailing.

The bumpers and air vents have a more aggressive appearance and there’s 20-inch alloys and a diffuser at the back to complete the car’s more muscular profile.

It comes as standard with Audi’s Quattro four-wheel drive to put all that power on the tarmac seamlessly, and with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

There’s also something called active torque control that can brake the inside wheels only during cornering to improve the car’s stability.

Inside there’s a leather steering wheel, leather sports seats and brushed aluminium trim pieces.

The options list is extensive but highlights include Matrix LED headlights, Audi’s virtual cockpit display and and Nappa leather.

jmckeown@thecourier.co.uk

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