Originally Posted by Yoshimura
Almost ready to oder a new Q5 but I can't decide if it worth it to spend over 8K to get the SQ5 instead of the 3.0T S line...
Is the SQ5 really more powerfull (torque) in normal driving condition?
Is the 3.0T suspension with ADS really more compliant on rough pavement?
Fortunate for us it is a nice choice to have. Sometimes final drive ratio gets forgotten about and this has to be considered if you are interested in acceleration over fuel economy.
3.0T has 295 lb ft of torque and a final drive ratio of 3.20
The TDI has 428 and a 3.08 ratio...wow!
SQ5 has 346 and a 3.76 ratio.
For comparison sake lets just multiply since they all have the same 8 speeds,
3.0T = 944
TDI = 1318...again...wow!
SQ5 = 1300 so at peak torque, albeit at higher RPM, the SQ5 has almost the same grunt as the TDI at vastly reduced fuel economy. This is definitely noticeable over the 3.0T but software and pulleys level the playing field again...if you are interested in going that route.