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SQ5 Potential SQ5 owner

Bugsy_27 Feb 9, 2018

  1. Bugsy_27

    Bugsy_27 Vorsprung Durch Technik

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    It's been a while since I've been on here since selling my A3 for an M3, anyway I'm now in need of a more practical car having 2 bulldog puppies and planning on starting a family and I've decided on the Audi SQ5.

    I'm due to see 2 this weekend and wondered are there any common fault I should look out for? or any must have extras? I was surprised they don't come with sat nav standard!

    Thanks
     
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  2. smokeymike

    smokeymike Active Member Team Mythos SQ5 owners group

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    Interesting pathway to the SQ5. I came from a 8V S3 Sportback. Had mine nearly 3 years now and love it. The power (particularly the torque of the 3 litre V6) is addictive and I average about 38 mpg on a motorway run - so win win. Desirable, though not essential but come trade in time might be worth it, are privacy glass, B & O sound, HDD sat nav and power tailgate. Also desirable are the 21" alloys. A firmer ride than the 20's but finish the car off nicely. Coming from a M3 tyre prices will be no shock but expect to pay £850 for a set of 4 Pirelli's. Servicing costs are really quite acceptable for a big barge like these. I use an independent (a former Audi Master Technician) who keeps the labour rates down and uses genuine Audi parts. He also can access Audi's service system and logs my servicing on their database. In summary, I don't think you'll be at all disappointed with your purchase. Plenty to chose from on Autotrader. Also check out another forum, MyAUDIQ5, which is really useful and a friendly forum community. Hope this helps. If you need anything further PM me.
     
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  3. Roberto71

    Roberto71 Active Member

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    I'll throw my hat into this ring. Currently a BMW 430d GC owner on a PCP ending in Jan next year. I'm already doing my research and have been intent on going Audi for my next car for some time. I looked at the Cayman but the 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder is not acceptable imho! The Audi S models are my target. S4 is good value for me, well specced up here in Ireland I can get it for €83K. Now that's with 18in alloys which put it into the lower tax band compared to the car with the 19in wheels and that means a €5-6K saving with the 18in wheels...Plus a €200 a year on road tax saving.

    But talking to Audi, the SQ5 is suddenly in the mix because the GFV is much higher than the S4/S5 so the monthly payments come down, so a well specced SQ5 with the air suspension etc is around the same monthly payment as the S4 even though it's €10K more expensive.

    Space is not an issue for me, married with no kids. So no genuine need for an SUV. If I look at it, there's around a €126 month running cost for an SQ5 over and S4. That's the slightly worse MPG, the extra road tax and the much higher insurance.

    Clearly, my head says S4 but there's something genuinely cool about the SQ5.

    What would y'all choose?
     
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  4. mxnrg

    mxnrg Active Member

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    I bought the 2nd Gen SQ5 but could have gone S4 Avant if the wife was not been set on a SUV...


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  5. isleaiw

    isleaiw New Member

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    I have an SQ5 because I like the high up driving position and the fact it is a bit different.

    Not sure there will be that much between S4 and SQ5 on fuel consumption in real life.... and surprised about the comment on insurance, I managed to add my 25 year old daughter to my policy and its still not that pricey...

    Not sure how specs compare between S4 and SQ5 too, maybe more standard on the Q?
     
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  6. q5man

    q5man Well-Known Member Team Mythos TFSI Owners Group quattro Audi Q5 S tronic S-line owners group

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    Some really good analysis there! SQ5 all the way.


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  7. Roberto71

    Roberto71 Active Member

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    Wouldn't you know it, for some reason, Audi have reduced the GFV by €7K which obviously affects the monthlys and makes the SQ5 now €200 more per month than the S4.
     
  8. mxnrg

    mxnrg Active Member

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    What % of list price are you being quoted and over what period? My 4 year PCP with 20416 mile allowance has a GFMV of 53% of list OTR price.


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  9. Roberto71

    Roberto71 Active Member

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    I swear to god, we get doubly screwed over here. The GFMV here for the SQ5 which has a starting price of €84,400 (and over here the cars come with nothing, you have to go mad on the options list), is €32,916 or 39%. And that's typical of Audis here. The S5 has a starting list price of €83,840 and the GFMV is even worse at €28,500. Audi try and persuade you that it means you have huge equity come trade-in time but that's b***ocks.

    And when you add any options on, it makes no difference to the GFMV. To get the SQ5 anywhere near decent, I get to €94,000.
     
  10. mxnrg

    mxnrg Active Member

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    Wow, new car prices in Ireland are high. Does Ireland have higher car registration duty than the UK??? GFMV is very dependent on agreed mileages and the second hand car market in a country.


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  11. Roberto71

    Roberto71 Active Member

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    it's very high sadly. All linked to CO2. You're talking 30% of the cars basic price on an SQ5 and then VAT on top of that. it's actually a disgrace, it's a double tax. And those higher bands affect the options as well, as they all attract the tax as well. The Netherlands is very similar to here, run by lunatics.

    It's Diesel mad over here, everything is set up for it. Diesel is cheaper at the pumps by 10c a litre typically. The Vehicle Registration Tax is lower on diesels as is road tax and because they hold their value better as people feel they've no choice in buying a diesel, finance is better on diesels as well with the higher GFMVs.

    So any petrolheads are up against it here.
     

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