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SQ5 Thinking of changing...... thoughts?

Audi Bairn Dec 2, 2019 at 1:04 PM

  1. Audi Bairn

    Audi Bairn Moderator Staff Member Moderator TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Team Navarra Audi S3 saloon quattro S tronic DSG

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    As long term Audi owners we currently have an S3 Saloon and a TT, both 3 years old.

    Plan on changing both in the spring (or sooner if the right deal crops up).

    My car needs to be a towing vehicle. The wifes TT will probably be downgraded as it sits at home most of the time during the week as she works from home.

    I’ve always admired the SQ5 but never driven one or swatted up on them.

    Chances are I’d be looking at low mileage approved used.

    What are the pluses and minuses? I assume they can actually be fitted with a tow bar unlike my S3? What kind of deals are purchasers getting currently?

    And (don’t shoot me here) has anyone compared to the X3 M40? or anything similar....
     
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  3. 45bvtc

    45bvtc Well-Known Member Supporter SQ5 owners group Team Cornflower Blue Gold Supporter Team Sahara Silver Team Sepang Audi RS3 Audi TT

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    Can't comment, way too biased :racer:, but our TT and RS3 don't get used much these days:

    https://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threa...-and-counting-down-to-a-place-near-me.386559/

    Honest, Audi Bairn, ours ids a 2016 SQ5 and there's nothing we'd swap ours for, it just does everything; and RS3copilot loves driving it too, on her good days...

    And yes, we could have had a 2019 version, did a lot of miles in one or two to evaluate, but we found the 2016 version way more to our liking and still do.



     
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  4. AndyM001

    AndyM001 New Member SQ5 owners group Team Daytona Audi Q5

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    Can't give much advice other than I really like it. If you are reasonably close I can tie up with you for a chat and drive.
     
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  5. 45bvtc

    45bvtc Well-Known Member Supporter SQ5 owners group Team Cornflower Blue Gold Supporter Team Sahara Silver Team Sepang Audi RS3 Audi TT

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    Same here Audi Bairn, get down to Staffordshire and we can evaluate; and you'll see we have a similar pairing of the TT and RS3, but the SQ5 is just, well, on another level, does so much more:and as posted elsewhere my first SQ5 experience in 2015 - when the itch from RS7 to SQ5 began:

    "OK, I've been called an Audi 'tart' before and I'm sure I will again, especially after today...

    And what a day; sunny and dry to start but misty and damp at Stafford Audi; but these are all 4-wheel drive beasties and its slippy/slidy stuff out there.

    Some are standing around somewhat surprised that they're just getting a set of keys to whatever and told to go and 'experience'.

    Not me; I know what's coming and can't wait to get my hands on the RS7; everything else will be judged against it as for me the RS7 ticks all of my boxes. And so it did; out on my prescribed route to Uttoxeter and back with some mid 3-figure numbers shown on the head-up: kept trying to get closer to that display but couldn't. Came back exhausted, how can you improve on the engine/brakes/dynamics of this machine?

    A coffee, a quick chat, a "who wants a go in an RS5?" and my hand going for the ceiling lights. This is the old RS5, Stafford Audi has had it some time, and the tyres are seriously well run in. Same route but hey, this thing is a' sliding like the RS7 didn't. However, I've now an RS4 stuck-to-me-bum so I need to push; push and slide, push and slide. A great noise the RS5 makes must have woken up several road users between Stafford and Uttoxeter but hey, the morning's getting on.

    Another coffee and bacon butty. The S1; hand up again; been practicing clutch-in, move the knobbed gear-stick, clutch-out, with our A2 (Suzy) for two weeks now so we're thinking we're ok... We obviously need more practice; however, what a superb motor car: brakes, steering, interior trim, and noise, just about everything is ticking all the right boxes...

    Andy Poole keeps on saying I've got to try the S8, "you MUST try the S8" again and again.

    OK, we'll give it a go. A different route but ok. 1000yards and were both speaking words I don't want to print here but WOW! What a piece of machinery. This is some big piece of machinery that gave a Jaguar driver a work-out (and lost...) The short run was extended, doubled maybe, and this piece of machinery was hugely impressive in every way; brake and steering feel on the damp, undulating, duck and dive roads was hugely impressive; I couldn't fault it. I didn't try what 'jojo' did mind, and 'desertstorm' will be happy if he doesn't do it again with him passenger, either...

    What else? Who wants a go in an SQ5 shouts Andy Poole and this darn right hand and arm is in the air again with me looking at it...

    OK! The SQ5 is a twin turbo diesel; now I didn't know that until I got back! Believe me, I DID NOT KNOW IT WAS A DIESEL. I'll be checking later; but this thing was, again, amazing! Out on the twisty, wet stuff, and this thing was behaving like a hooligan, just like all the others, actually..."


    OK, it took 4-years to eventually get it but we wouldn't change it for anything else now...

    PS: maybe contact C1CDG, he's close to you I think (in Scotland anyway) and warming to his/their "have just bought a 2015 SQ5 for my wife" SQ5 far faster than he'd have thought, lol: see: https://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threads/new-owner-of-2015-sq5-couple-of-questions.408646/



     
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  6. SteveMcB

    SteveMcB Well-Known Member SQ5 owners group Team Sepang Audi Cabriolet Owner Group

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    They can be fitted with a tow bar, mine has factory fit which is a neat swivel type, aftermarket will be removable.
    Don't know much about the MK2 petrol (there's a new mild hybrid tdi in the pipeline which looks interesting) but I agree with previous comments about the MK1, it's a great all rounder and brilliant towcar.
    The brakes and headlights could be better mind you, I've fitted Osram Xenarc Laser bulbs which are a big improvement over standard and will look for better pads when the time comes.
    If you're looking for a Mk1 the 'plus' variant has a good spec list as standard, power is upped to 340bhp / 700NM but most importantly (IMO) it's got a sports diff, handling for an SUV is fantastic. It was 4 or 5K more expensive new but used prices don't seem to be much different from the 326bhp / 650NM variants.
    The Plus SE came out just after I'd got mine and (annoyingly :) ) has just about every option as standard, it's only downside for me is that the choice of interior trim was limited to the very fragile aluminium or carbon atlas, neither of which I like - I went piano black.

    I'm seriously thinking of reducing my 'fleet' as well, the SQ5 is staying but looking to get rid of my A4 and Focus ST and going for an S3 or Golf R.

    Don't know anything about the X3 but the new model looks a lot better than the old.
     
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  7. cuke2u

    cuke2u Well-Known Member TFSI Owners Group S-line owners group saloon Audi A4

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    @X3man is the man you need to talk to...
     
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  8. 45bvtc

    45bvtc Well-Known Member Supporter SQ5 owners group Team Cornflower Blue Gold Supporter Team Sahara Silver Team Sepang Audi RS3 Audi TT

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    1) Interesting, I'll check out the Osram Xenarc Laser bulbs as I find back lane, twisty, country-stuff, night-time-illumination not as good as I'd like, but then that could be an age thing.

    2) I think these Ferodo Eco-Friction pads amazingly good

    3) Piano black, yea!

    4) For fast road use I couldn't feel the difference other than both the power (PS) and torque (Nm) band on the SQ5 Plus were sharper - or narrower: see chart: for sure I drive more on Nm than PS with the SQ5, same with the RS3, sooo many always useable Nm's... :racer:

    5) Same, our TT and RS3 will be sold (or seize) way before the SQ5 - The SQ5 just does everything.

    And the TT and RS3 are under wraps, how SAD!!!! is that. Oh to be young, healthy, and carefree again....

    SQ5 SQ5 plus.JPG
     
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    Audi Bairn Moderator Staff Member Moderator TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Team Navarra Audi S3 saloon quattro S tronic DSG

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    Great advice and write-ups guys thank you.
    Plenty of food for thought.
    It does sound like the SQ5 ticks a lot of boxes as far as performance, towing ability, space to carry extended family goes.
    Will see what deals can be arrived at or not as the case may be. Audi salesman left a voicemail tonight so I’ll call him back tomorrow.
    The secondary problem is that Mrs Bairn wants a Q7 / X5 / Discovery but I’d prefer the smaller versions with greater performance. But that’s for us to sort out.
     
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  10. banchory

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    Sq5 best 4x4 there is,and I have had many different ones.
     
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    45bvtc Well-Known Member Supporter SQ5 owners group Team Cornflower Blue Gold Supporter Team Sahara Silver Team Sepang Audi RS3 Audi TT

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    Whatever you choose, Audi Bairn, enjoy.... :thumbs up:

     
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    Audi Bairn Moderator Staff Member Moderator TFSI Owners Group Gold Supporter Team Navarra Audi S3 saloon quattro S tronic DSG

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    Thank you sir :hi:
     
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    good suggestion though!

    Aye it’s as good as it gets. Serves its purpose from A to B and that’s as exciting as it gets lol.

    Currently hunting down the next chariot.......who knows what threat will be though.


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    I had an SQ5 petrol for 2 years and 22000 miles, now have a BMW 5 series...

    I really liked the SQ5, very refined, really good long distance cruiser, pretty comfortable (although on 21s not as good as a 5 series on 20s), it could shift, decent space and boot - not huge but usable and still pretty OK to park. Nice and minimalist interior, good virtual cockpit (although lets be honest, set it once and rarely changed), and I liked the MMI interface.

    I wouldnt buy the new one though as didnt want diesel and detest touch screens. I find the iDrive in the BMW better (you can use it as a touchscreen if you must but it still has rotary controller). I cant comment on the X3M40i but see a lot of happy owners of the i and the d on Bimmerpost (f30 section...) and of course if you move quick they are doing silly deals on the X3M Comp Pack if you take a stock car before end of December (not alot of stock left but if you arent too choosy you could still get one)...

    I wanted to tick a couple of boxes on my bucket list so went for an M5 - it is absolutely amazing....
     
  18. 45bvtc

    45bvtc Well-Known Member Supporter SQ5 owners group Team Cornflower Blue Gold Supporter Team Sahara Silver Team Sepang Audi RS3 Audi TT

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    Now going [​IMG]

    Soo much amazingly mega good machinery out there sub £35K, let alone £50K...

    As for £80k, hello! On UK roads, are you serious? :blush:

    Happy to have spent my £35k on a 2016 SQ5 and kept our 8-year old RS3 and 9-year old TT ragtop for FUN drives - made better sense £s wise for us.
     
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    isleaiw Active Member

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    As you say, better sense for you. There is only one if me, I can only drive one car at a time, I have a 5 door Mini for the every day stuff and the other car is my hobby - and I wanted a V8 and an M car. So I had one...

    The X3M is currently available for £600 down and £600 a month for 48 months - I make that less than £30k for 4 years of first rate motoring, if that’s how you want to spend your money.

    And that of course is very personal...
     
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