Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 42 - 42 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.

Those considering this model most likely won’t be fazed by any potential Audi SQ5 running costs. Fortunately, in any instance, maintenance and repair bills will be reasonable for a vehicle that offers such performance.

Audi parts and servicing can be more expensive than competitors but the SQ5’s wide service intervals and adequate warranty should protect against unnecessary outlay.

Insurance costs will also be quite high. One thing that is particularly worth considering is the cost of replacement tyres. Drive the SQ5 hard and the tyres will wear quickly, so bear that in mind if you intend to drive it at speed frequently.

Fuel consumption is good considering the SQ5’s powerful engine, so fuel bills shouldn’t prove too costly. Road tax costs are also acceptable, helping minimise yearly expenditure.

Considering its performance and flexibility, Audi SQ5 emissions are actually quite low. The advanced 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel engine in the SQ5 emits 184g/km of CO2. That might sound high, in these times of low emitting diesel engines, but you have to remember that the big Audi is capable of 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds.

Audi claims that you’ll average 39.2mpg, which again is impressive given the size and power of the SQ5. We’d expect it to average around the mid- to low-thirties in the real world, however. Competitors like the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive30d M Sport are more efficient, with a claimed average of 47mpg and emitting 159g/km of CO2, but they are also slower.

Audi SQ5 reliability should be good as the German manufacturer has a solid reputation for high-quality engineering. Many components used in the SQ5 are already well tested and proven, such as Audi’s quattro drivetrain, so there should be few major mechanical issues.

The Audi also feels well built and solid, so it should withstand the tests of time well. The interior is finished and trimmed in durable materials too, which should ensure that it doesn’t wear excessively quickly.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £265 - £290
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Insurance group 41 - 44
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