We gays are famous for adding “s” to things, and when it comes to Audis, I highly recommend adding an “s” before the name Q5.
Doing so amps up Audi’s tasteful Q5 crossover into a high-style, high-performance trucklet that’s as quick as it is slick. The 354-hp supercharged V-6 engine, paddle-shifted eight-speed automatic and suspension all have multiple modes ranging from “I got this” (comfort) to “let’s play” (dynamic), always serving up the right amount of response when you want to get frisky, or smoothness when you just want to take it easy. Making every SQ5 distinct from workaday Q5s are matte silver mirrors, 20-inch wheels, an aggressive front fascia and a contoured rear bumper with quad chrome exhaust tips. The black leather-and-Alcantara interior on my tester was made even more special with beautiful black-stained wood that was inlaid every quarter inch or so with an aluminum pinstripe. Very dressy. This isn’t the cheapest small crossover out there, but in my opinion, it’s the best. Make mine Estoril Blue, please.
2014 Audi SQ5
Base Price (including destination): $52,795
Power: 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 (354 hp, 346 lb-ft of torque)
Tranny: 8-speed automatic
Fuel Economy, city/hwy: 16/23 mpg
Or you could buy:
Volvo XC60 R-Design
BMW X3 xDrive 35i