2020 Audi Q5 vs 2020 Audi SQ5 Comparison in Columbus, OH

Whether you call them SUVs or crossovers, there's little doubt that the most popular, fastest-growing segment of vehicles today is the two-row family car. With generous space for passengers, lots of room for cargo and a commanding, confidence-inspiring ride height, it's easy to see why these vehicles are so popular in the Los Angeles area. The 2020 Audi Q5 is now our best-selling model. However, those who crave premium family transportation and an even sportier drive also have the performance-tuned 2020 Audi SQ5 to consider. They sure don't look much different, so how do you know what all the differences are between these two SUVs? We'll explain them in detail below.

2020 Audi Q5 vs 2020 Audi SQ5 Exterior

2020 Audi Q5 vs 2020 Audi SQ5: Exterior Design

Most of the differences between these two SUVs are found under the hood. From the outside, one could easily mistake the 2020 Audi Q5 for an SQ5, or vice versa. After all, they're both virtually identical in size and design. Get a little closer and you'll be able to tell that the 2020 Audi SQ5 features unique badges, a more aggressive front grille, a sportier rear diffuser with integrated exhaust and LED headlights. On the 2020 Audi Q5, Xenon plus headlights come standard -- they're brighter and last longer than ordinary halogen bulbs, but not as long as LED headlights.

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2020 Audi Q5 vs 2020 Audi SQ5 Interior

2020 Audi Q5 vs 2020 Audi SQ5: Interior Features

Both these Audi SUVs provide luxurious and spacious interiors for supreme everyday comfort. Unlike many rivals in this segment, both the 2020 Audi Q5 and SQ5 feature standard leather upholstery and heated front seats. However, the 2020 Audi SQ5 comes with power-adjustable passenger seat lumbar adjustment, extendable seat cushions and sporty Alcantara® accents. The SQ5 can even be equipped with ventilated Milano leather seats for those hot Cali commutes.

And while many sportier models reduce your comfort or capacity inside to make room for more performance gear, it's not so with the 2020 Audi SQ5. It still provides up to 53.1 cubic feet of cargo space and 37.8" of second row legroom -- just like the standard 2020 Audi Q5.

2020 Audi Q5 vs 2020 Audi SQ5: Technology

When you climb inside, both models have a slick touchscreen multimedia system to greet you. With standard Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ on both the 2020 Audi Q5 and SQ5, you'll be able to stay connected, stream your favorite tunes and even get directions -- all from your compatible smartphone. Both models also feature three-zone automatic climate controls for personalized passenger comfort.

There is one exclusive bit of technology available only on the 2020 Audi SQ5: Audi Dynamic Steering. This sophisticated power steering system adjusts the amount of power steering help based on your speed -- giving you more assistance for slow parking lot maneuvers, dialing back the help at higher speeds so you can have more precision and greater feedback from the road.

2020 Audi Q5 vs 2020 Audi SQ5 Features

2020 Audi Q5 vs 2020 Audi SQ5: Performance

Perhaps the single most profound difference between these two SUVs is simply the engine under the hood. The 2020 Audi Q5 is motivated by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 248 horsepower. Even the more modest powertrain still urges the 2020 Audi Q5 from 0-60 MPH in less that six seconds! You can shave about a second off that time if you upgrade to the 2020 Audi SQ5. With its turbocharged V6, it puts down 349 horsepower!

For outstanding control and traction, the quattro® all-wheel drive system comes standard on both models. However, the 2020 Audi SQ5 has some additional performance equipment available as options! Ask about features like the quattro® sport rear differential, which can take your driving experience to the next level. The 2020 Audi SQ5 is even available with an adaptive air suspension, which both softens the blow from bumps and potholes while improving balance under intense cornering.

2020 Audi Q5 vs 2020 Audi SQ5: Safety

While the 2020 Audi SQ5 hasn't been individually rated by government agencies, the 2020 Audi Q5 earned a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. And since the SQ5 and Q5 share almost identical body, frame and chassis designs, you can count on class-leading safety from both models in the event of a crash.

Furthermore, both models are available with innovative driver assist technologies. They both come standard with Audi pre sense® city forward collision warning and automatic braking. Optional driver assistance upgrades include Audi side assist with Audi pre sense® rear, rear cross traffic assist and park steering assist. Whether you want a more performance-oriented SUV for your family, or a more comfort-focused one, Audi provides the latest in safety technology for your peace of mind.

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Which Audi SUV Is Right For You?

Both the 2020 Audi Q5 and SQ5 come in three different trim levels, meaning you can get the performance and features you've always wanted from a premium family SUV without spending too much. At the entry level, the 2020 Audi Q5 has a starting MSRP of $43,300. The fully-loaded 2020 Audi Q5 Prestige trim level -- with upgrades like Audi Adaptive Cruise Control with Traffic Jam Assist and a futuristic head-up display -- has a starting MSRP of $51,450.

If you crave driving dynamics over mere comfort, the entry-level 2020 Audi SQ5 has a starting MSRP of $52,900. Upgrading all the way to the 2020 Audi SQ5 Prestige, which gives you the very best of Audi performance and luxury for an MSRP of $59,900, gives you the ultimate in family transportation for Southern California.

2020 Audi Q52020 Audi SQ5
$43,300Staring MSRP*$52,900
248Horsepower349
5.9 SecondsManufacturer's 0-60 MPH Time5.1 Seconds
quattro® All-Wheel DriveDrivetrainquattro® All-Wheel Drive
22 MPG City / 28 MPG HighwayFuel Economy18 MPG City / 23 MPG Highway
7-Speed S tronic® Dual-Clutch AutomaticTransmission8-Speed Tiptronic® Automatic
All-SeasonTiresSummer Performance
18" Alloy WheelsStandard Wheels20" Alloy Wheels
Xenon PlusStandard HeadlightsLED
StandardAudi pre sense® Automatic Emergency BrakingStandard

*Prices exclude $995 destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.