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Old 10-28-2013, 11:43 AM   #1
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So Motortrend really loved the SQ5 in their SUV OF THE YEAR roundup, but most reviewers agreed the ride was so stiff that they could not recommend it. What do you SQ5 owners say?
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Unless the Canadian SQ5's are completely different in ride quality than the US vehicles.They are full of crap!My wife has been driving ours for the last month on our bad Toronto downtown roads and I have heard no complaints from here.I find it very compliant but still being fairly taunt even for somewhat aggressive driving.
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We've had ours for about 1200 miles now. I've been in the driver's seat for maybe 300 of them, and my wife for the rest.

I asked her yesterday if she had any complaints about anything with it, and even pushed the stiff suspension. No issues with the suspension at all from her. And this is a lady that is having back surgery in the next month.

Her lone complaint is really around the seat heaters. In previous models of Q5, and even my 2008 RS4, there was the ability to regulate the seats from a scale of 0-6. Now, it is really only a 4 stage setting with a push button that takes you from High, Medium, Low and off. The complaint is that the difference from High to Medium is significant...being able to fine tune it was definitely nicer and something that seems weird for them to have changed.

Anyways, the suspension isn't a concern for us!
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Old 10-28-2013, 12:00 PM   #4
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What did they expect, an air ride? It's an "S" so it will be bit stiffer than regular Q and with 21" wheels it won't ride like RX350. For me it's sporty, but definitely not uncomfortable. It's way more comfortable than my S4 on 19's and I'm really surprised at how good it handles the curves. My only gripe: no A/S option for 21" wheels.
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It's way more comfortable than my S4 on 19's and I'm really surprised at how good it handles the curves.
More comfortable than your S4 at what suspension setting on the S4 (comfort, auto, or dynamic)? If comfort or auto, then that's good for the SQ5. If dynamic, then you're not saying much because the dynamic suspension setting on the S4/S5 is quite harsh on crappy US roads.
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I think they're crazy. It's a SPORTY SUV, not some cushy land barge! =)
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More comfortable than your S4 at what suspension setting on the S4 (comfort, auto, or dynamic)? If comfort or auto, then that's good for the SQ5. If dynamic, then you're not saying much because the dynamic suspension setting on the S4/S5 is quite harsh on crappy US roads.
All settings. The comfort on the S4 was too "old Buick floaty", but you still felt even the smallest bumps due to 35 low profiles on 19s. I would describe the SQ5 suspension as dynamic S4 stiff with a lot more spring travel and slightly higher profile tires, producing a more comfortable ride overall. The SQ5 suspension was by no means designed to be cushy, but it's a well balanced approach between sport and comfort.
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All settings. The comfort on the S4 was too "old Buick floaty", but you still felt even the smallest bumps due to 35 low profiles on 19s. I would describe the SQ5 suspension as dynamic S4 stiff with a lot more spring travel and slightly higher profile tires, producing a more comfortable ride overall. The SQ5 suspension was by no means designed to be cushy, but it's a well balanced approach between sport and comfort.
Interesting... I haven't driven an SQ5 yet, but I drove a Q5 3.0t without adaptive suspension and the ride was surprisingly harsh. Seemed somewhat worse actually than my S5 with 19" wheels and adaptive suspension in auto mode. I'm getting my SQ5 soon, so we'll see...
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Interesting... I haven't driven an SQ5 yet, but I drove a Q5 3.0t without adaptive suspension and the ride was surprisingly harsh. Seemed somewhat worse actually than my S5 with 19" wheels and adaptive suspension in auto mode. I'm getting my SQ5 soon, so we'll see...
Everyone's perception of comfort may be slightly different, but if standard Q5 was harsh to you, SQ5 definitely won't be better when it comes to "comfort".
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Everyone's perception of comfort may be slightly different, but if standard Q5 was harsh to you, SQ5 definitely won't be better when it comes to "comfort".
Yes, that is a concern - too bad the SQ5 doesn't have adaptive suspension (actually, too bad the roads aren't maintained better...)

My other concern is that the fuel consumption on this car will be out of control. Lots of traffic congestion and traffic lights around here, so my S5 burns gas like crazy, and the SQ5 will only be worse... Still, I decided to go with the SQ5 rather than the Q5 TDI S-line-plus assuming the SQ5 will be more fun. I hope I don't regret it...
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I think many of us (myself included) are fighting the same questions....TDI vs SQ5 (numerous historical posts prove it).

I'll be interested to hear how it shakes out for you.

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Yes, that is a concern - too bad the SQ5 doesn't have adaptive suspension (actually, too bad the roads aren't maintained better...)

My other concern is that the fuel consumption on this car will be out of control. Lots of traffic congestion and traffic lights around here, so my S5 burns gas like crazy, and the SQ5 will only be worse... Still, I decided to go with the SQ5 rather than the Q5 TDI S-line-plus assuming the SQ5 will be more fun. I hope I don't regret it...
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Isn't the suspension in the U.S. SQ5 identical to the standard Q5? If so, how could it be harsher? Might speak to the subjectivity of many of these "tests".
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I think many of us (myself included) are fighting the same questions....TDI vs SQ5 (numerous historical posts prove it).

I'll be interested to hear how it shakes out for you.

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I'll certainly report my experience once I get the SQ5...

One thing I noticed with the S5 is that fuel consumption is almost tolerable in normal driving. Maybe 19 mpg in mixed city/hwy. However, in congested traffic or when driving somewhat aggressively, it gets really bad really fast, as in dropping to the mid-teens in those cases. The EPA numbers are somewhat misleading on this car because it's so sensitive to how you drive it. Considering the small fuel tank of the S5 (16 gal), you become a frequent visitor at the gas station.

I expect fuel consumption to be somewhat worse on the SQ5, but at least there's a 20 gal tank.

I was really close to ordering the Q5 TDI S-line-plus because of this and to get the adaptive suspension. I expect the diesel to be less fun to drive, but maybe this is unwarranted. One thing that surprised me is that most of the gas stations in my area do not sell diesel. There's actually only one "brand name" (Shell) station nearby that sells it, as well as one generic station. The other half a dozen or so stations in the area don't sell diesel.
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Isn't the suspension in the U.S. SQ5 identical to the standard Q5? If so, how could it be harsher? Might speak to the subjectivity of many of these "tests".
The height is identical, but it's not an identical suspension.
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So Motortrend really loved the SQ5 in their SUV OF THE YEAR roundup, but most reviewers agreed the ride was so stiff that they could not recommend it. What do you SQ5 owners say?
I really like the ride . It's definitely firm but not all harsh.

I'll add that my passengers have also commented on how comfortable the ride is. I've had both a Boxster owner and an Equus owner rave equally about the handling and ride - there's a couple of extremes for you.

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Old 10-28-2013, 06:26 PM   #16
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My 2.0T is stiffer than I expected based on my test drive of a 3.2 some time back, especially when the suspension is cold. I would even go so far as to say my A3 with sport suspension was more compliant over bad roads. My mom thought the same the first time I took her for a drive. She did not like "the ride" and said it was too rough.
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I'm actually pleasantly surprised with fuel economy. For some reason it's noticeably better than my S4 with the same motor.
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I'm actually pleasantly surprised with fuel economy. For some reason it's noticeably better than my S4 with the same motor.
Are you sure it doesn't just seem that way because of the larger gas tank on the SQ5? The EPA ratings for the SQ5 are worse than for the S4, and this makes sense - much heavier car, more aggressively-tuned engine.
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I drove both the TDI and the SQ5 before deciding on the SQ5. I previously had a 3.2 2012 Q5. The TDI felt an awful lot like my 3.2... while the SQ5 was amazingly smooth and deceptively fast. I catch myself not realizing how fast I accelerated and above the speed limit. The SQ5 is very very fun as a daily drive. The TDI was great too... a great ride... but I wouldn't describe it as "fun."

I had 20" wheel on my 2012 Q5 and the SQ5 with 21" feels marginally firmer. Then again, I am in So Cal with good roads.
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Are you sure it doesn't just seem that way because of the larger gas tank on the SQ5? The EPA ratings for the SQ5 are worse than for the S4, and this makes sense - much heavier car, more aggressively-tuned engine.
It did cross my mind, but the tank is not really a whole lot bigger. I probably owe it to not pushing it very hard, though by no means I baby the motor.
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