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Old 02-02-2014, 04:38 AM   #1
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I am thinking of getting an SQ5 sometime this year, but I don't know anyone that owns one. So, if you are an owner, can you let me know your view on what you like, don't like, issues so far, and how many miles you have on the vehicle?
I am looking at a Panther Black with the red/black interior package. My wife wants to go the opposite way and wants a Glacier White with red/black interior. It was a pain cleaning my Phantom Black S5 but there is just nothing like a clean black car and will withstand the pain and torture of keeping a clean black car :-)
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I have 2800 miles on my Ice Silver/Black Nappa SQ5 and love it every time I get in the car.

My likes:
- very quick off the mark without any fuss and excellent braking
- the lightning-quick upshifts and raspy exhaust sound in S mode
- very comfortable ride - firm and stable through the twisty bits but smooth under freeway conditions
- more loading capacity than my Infiniti FX45
- smooth iPod interface through the MMI (get the red cable)
- cool integration of maps and Google Earth images in the nav system

Dislikes, all pretty minor I think
- hard to dry the car after washing; it retains a lot of water in the mirrors and around the deck lid. A blow n vac is the answer.
- the MMI control wheel is counter-intuitive - it seems to turn the wrong way. I'm still not used to it.

I love the look of Black/Red combination but could not go with it in the heat & dust of Southern Arizona. Besides, I like the stealth look of the silver.

Go for it and enjoy the car.

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Old 02-02-2014, 06:04 AM   #3
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Appreciate the response, thank you.

One more thing, I do have a 2 year old as well...so if you have kids and an SQ5, how is that working out? I am just a little worried that the back is a little small for 2 car seats (whenever a second kid comes around). Any thoughts on that?
I am an Audi guy and want to stick with Audi for an SUV but I am not crazy about Q7's, and Allroads are not my thing...so the only logical purchase is the SQ5 to have as an "SUV" (i say that in quotes cause it is small) and keep the enthusiast part alive.
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Well, we're retired but we did have our two grandkids, aged 4 years & 9 months, over Christmas. The 2 car seats fit easily in the back. The adult in the back with them (usually their 5' 9", 150lb dad) was pretty cramped however.

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Old 02-02-2014, 08:52 AM   #5
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I have 2800 miles on my Ice Silver/Black Nappa SQ5 and love it every time I get in the car.

My likes:
- very quick off the mark without any fuss and excellent braking
- the lightning-quick upshifts and raspy exhaust sound in S mode
- very comfortable ride - firm and stable through the twisty bits but smooth under freeway conditions
- more loading capacity than my Infiniti FX45
- smooth iPod interface through the MMI (get the red cable)
- cool integration of maps and Google Earth images in the nav system

Dislikes, all pretty minor I think
- hard to dry the car after washing; it retains a lot of water in the mirrors and around the deck lid. A blow n vac is the answer.
- the MMI control wheel is counter-intuitive - it seems to turn the wrong way. I'm still not used to it.

I love the look of Black/Red combination but could not go with it in the heat & dust of Southern Arizona. Besides, I like the stealth look of the silver.

Go for it and enjoy the car.

Steve
+1 on the counter intuitive MMI ****. After 14 months I've pretty well adjusted to it, but still have to pause momentarily to remember which way to turn it, especially after driving our other car. I just read a review on an Audi in either CR or C&D and they mentioned it too. One of those quirks I guess.
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I absolutely love the car. It drives like a dream, and I would recommend it to anyone who isn't uptight about gas mileage. The couple things that bother me:
- who designed the sun visors? They are worthless. They are so short, they don't block any sun for me during rush hour. Then I read on this site that the plastic clip that holds the visor in place snaps of easily. Hasn't happened to me... yet.
- I am pretty steamed that I can't see my album art from my ipod. I have a 160GB classic, and even with the red grommet cable, I do not get art. All my previous cars with an ipod hookup allowed me to see album art.
- I knew I was getting into brake dust by buying the SQ, but this is pretty bad. I have to clean the front wheels once a week.
- I have to manually turn the fog lights on each time the car puts the headlights on. With previous cars, they would come on with the headlights.

Good luck with your purchase. You won't regret it.
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- I am pretty steamed that I can't see my album art from my ipod. I have a 160GB classic, and even with the red grommet cable, I do not get art. All my previous cars with an ipod hookup allowed me to see album art.
I bought a used 2nd gen, 32Gb iPod Touch on eBay for $80 and have dedicated it to the car. Album art works like a charm.

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Old 02-02-2014, 11:12 AM   #8
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Even after making my third payment I still love this vehicle. I get a big smile on my face every time I see it and every time I drive it.

My favorite things:
  • The way it looks (especially the color combo)
  • The way it drives (love the power)
  • I love the panoramic sunroof
  • The B&O Stereo rocks!
  • The carbon fiber interior
  • The fat steering wheel
  • The 21" wheel package

Little things that bug me:
  • Whenever i have it washed, water retains in the mirrors and drips out during the first drive
  • I had to add felt to the rear cargo cover to get it to stop rattling (at least this did fix it permanently)
  • Every time I get in I have to press the button so outside air does not circulate into the cabin (I wish it would remember my setting)
  • When I open a back door when all the doors are locked, it does not unlock all my doors (other vehicles I've owned did this)
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Appreciate the response, thank you.

One more thing, I do have a 2 year old as well...so if you have kids and an SQ5, how is that working out? I am just a little worried that the back is a little small for 2 car seats (whenever a second kid comes around). Any thoughts on that?
I am an Audi guy and want to stick with Audi for an SUV but I am not crazy about Q7's, and Allroads are not my thing...so the only logical purchase is the SQ5 to have as an "SUV" (i say that in quotes cause it is small) and keep the enthusiast part alive.
Just got mine a 4 days ago and installed a Maxi Cosi seat. I think you can have 2 Maxi cosis in the back without any problem, or 2 toddlers next to each other. I just packed 4 winter tires standing up next to each other in the trunk, if that says anything about the trunk space. Also doors, trunk compartments are much larger in this car than the A4/S4.

The funny thing with the SQ5 that I see it more as a small racing SUV. When/if you test drive one, use the paddle shifters, and you will see what I mean. Some impressive power in this car (and I came from a S4 if that says anything).

Anyway, hope it helps.
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  • When I open a back door when all the doors are locked, it does not unlock all my doors (other vehicles I've owned did this)
I just checked, and my Q5 unlocks all doors when I unlock a rear door. So this must be a setting in the MMI or vag-com...
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[*]When I open a back door when all the doors are locked, it does not unlock all my doors (other vehicles I've owned did this)[/LIST]
You have the option to unlock all the doors, only the driver's door or only boot lid

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When I open a back door when all the doors are locked, it does not unlock all my doors (other vehicles I've owned did this)
Yup it's definitely a setting in the MMI console. My wife and I debated about this setting for a while. But eventually we settled on unlocking all doors when one of the doors are opened. I guess it can be a safety issue, but it's definitely more convenient for us.
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I am not referring to using the key fob. I am referring to placing my hand on a door handle.

For example, on my Lexus when I place my hand on the driver's door handle only the driver's door unlocks. When I place my hand on any of the passenger doors - ALL the doors unlock.

On my SQ5, only the door that I place my hand on unlocks. This is somewhat of a pain for me. I have my key fob in my computer bag, which I place on the back seat. I walk up to my SQ5, place my hand on the rear door handle and the door unlocks. I throw my bag in the back, close the door, then try to open the driver's door. However, I can't because it is still locked.....
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I am not referring to using the key fob. I am referring to placing my hand on a door handle.

For example, on my Lexus when I place my hand on the driver's door handle only the driver's door unlocks. When I place my hand on any of the passenger doors - ALL the doors unlock.

On my SQ5, only the door that I place my hand on unlocks. This is somewhat of a pain for me. I have my key fob in my computer bag, which I place on the back seat. I walk up to my SQ5, place my hand on the rear door handle and the door unlocks. I throw my bag in the back, close the door, then try to open the driver's door. However, I can't because it is still locked.....
You can change it through MMI.
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I bought a used 2nd gen, 32Gb iPod Touch on eBay for $80 and have dedicated it to the car. Album art works like a charm.

Steve
I was using my old iphone 4 for a while to see the album art I have spent so much time tending to, but for long trips I like to have all the music in iTunes on my ipod rather than a portion of it. I have too much music not to use the Classic. I'd go bigger if they had it. (that's what she said)
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I am not referring to using the key fob. I am referring to placing my hand on a door handle.

For example, on my Lexus when I place my hand on the driver's door handle only the driver's door unlocks. When I place my hand on any of the passenger doors - ALL the doors unlock.

On my SQ5, only the door that I place my hand on unlocks. This is somewhat of a pain for me. I have my key fob in my computer bag, which I place on the back seat. I walk up to my SQ5, place my hand on the rear door handle and the door unlocks. I throw my bag in the back, close the door, then try to open the driver's door. However, I can't because it is still locked.....
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The vehicle can be locked and unlocked from any of the doors. The remote control key should be within a range of 1.5 metres from the door handle. It does not matter where you carry the key, for instance whether it is in your jacket pocket or in a briefcase.
The locking function may be affected if you grasp the door handle while the vehicle is being locked.
Once the doors have been locked, they cannot be opened again immediately. This will enable you to check that the doors are properly closed.
The system will unlock either all the doors or only one of the doors, depending on the settings you have chosen on the infotainment system Link.
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If two people use the same car regularly, it is a good idea for each person to have his or her "own" remote control key. When you switch off the ignition or lock the vehicle, your personal settings for the following convenience features are stored and assigned to the remote control key:

Air conditioner
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Adaptive cruise control*
Active lane assist*
Side assist*
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The stored settings are then recalled automatically the next time the vehicle is unlocked, the doors are opened or the ignition is switched on.
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I have just over 2000 miles on my Estoril Blue/Black Alcantara SQ5. We've had it since December after we took delivery on it in October for our European Delivery. It's technically my wife's car and our "weekend" car, but I find myself switching cars after coming home from our commuter car when we go out.

Likes:
- excellent acceleration and braking
- very smooth gear shifts in Automatic mode, where it always seems to be in the proper gear, but then is always able to give you the needed power with a little gas
- I'm not sure if this should fit in the "like" section, but because it's so smooth in accelerating you easily go over the speed without even knowing it
- handles very well for an SUV, not too much body roll
- although not used very often I love the T-mobile hotspot, very convenient for passengers
- impressed with the MMI system, while there are a lot of menus; for the most part things are pretty intuitive
- love the estoril blue color, and I'm really enjoying the alcantara sport seats
- while both cars are beautiful and nearly the same, the subtle difference between the Q5 and SQ5

Dislikes:
- gas mileage, this car will guzzle gas in the city. I think due to the fun factor of this car, it's hard not to enjoy accelerating on this car.
- I'll have to agree on the MMI control wheel, by normal convention it seems backwards
- stuff sliding around in the trunk on the carpet mats. If I get rubber mats (Audi or WeatherTech), will that solve the problem for most item? Or would others recommend a cargo net or some other basket to hold smaller items? I sometimes use the containers underneath the carpet next to the spare tire to hold small items.
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I appreciate the quick replies! I am thinking of pulling the trigger on one soon. I would like the Daytona Gray color but don't want to spend "Audi Exclusive" money on it when Monsoon Gray is pretty much the same just not "pearly." I really would like Panther Black but wifey doesn't want black.
I priced it out on AudiUSA for:
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Came to $58,600
Now my question is, have you guys had any negotiating power with these special cars or that price is pretty about right?
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Now my question is, have you guys had any negotiating power with these special cars or that price is pretty about right?
There are a couple of threads here about SQ5 pricing. Several folks were able to get Retail less 6% or so.

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There are a couple of threads here about SQ5 pricing. Several folks were able to get Retail less 6% or so.

Steve
We just placed an order for a SQ5 and got about 5% off of MSRP. This forum really helped me decide on the final configuration of the car
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