2013 Audi Q5 now a diesel in SQ5 trim blows away expectations
Audi has created the 2013 SQ5 which takes an already impressive sport utility vehicle and adds incredible torque to the mix. In America diesel power started off blue collar in pick-up trucks, had a short flirtation in passenger cars that went horribly wrong, became a cult movement followed by a few enlightened affluent buyers of German oil-burners, and is now becoming popular with urban professionals and those interested in fuel economy. The Audi Q5 has one mission and that is to take market share away from the luxury mid-sized sport ute segment’s leader, the Lexus RX350. Although Audi has not yet said if this version will come to the US, it almost certainly will.
Incredible Audi Diesel Torque
One way the 2013 Audi Q5 (QS5 when it is a diesel) can differentiate itself from the Lexus and from other market entrants like the new 2013 Infiniti JX, is with torque and fuel efficiency. Both the Lexus RX350 and the Infiniti JX have exactly 248 ft-lbs of torque (think it’s an accident?). That is respectable pulling power, but it isn’t the kind of power that a person with a trailer with a horse inside, or a large boat on a trailer might consider “plentiful.” Staring at a steep grade and towing anywhere near the maximum capability of these mid-sized utes can create a wee bit of apprehension. Folks driving these $50K+ vehicles are not used to having too little – of anything. Hence the Audi advantage. With 479 lb-ft of torque, nearly double the competition, the 2013 Audi SQ5 is simply the arm-wrestling champion. On the other hand, Mercedes and BMW do offer competitive torque, but Audi is looking at the real volume leaders to set its goals.