We have driven the Q5 3.0T and SQ5 deciding there is so much value you get for the money in the SQ5. Interior is gorgeous (even though Audi hasnt changed it in 10 years), brakes, exhaust, and tune warrant the premium in price tag.
Will be checking out the Macan S and GLE 450 soon, but I have a feeling I will be sticking with Audi as out goal is to get a stylish and safe SUV for her work (interior designer with high end clientele) and future children. The Macan S has more safety features (lane assist, brake assist) but to option it like a SQ5 will cost much more.
What do you guys think? Appreciate your input(s) and advice(s)
Are you sure it’s faster? Not sure about straight away, but I bet everywhere else th macan s is faster. More rwd bias, larger tires, pdk vs 8 speed.
I like the sq5 but I wink don’t choose it over a macan s, with that said I would pick a sq7 over a cayenne just for the power plant. Now if you offered the sq7 in the cayenne body that would probably be perfect for me. Although the extra q7 space and supple interior is nice.
I love Audi and Porsche, but if you drive the two side by side I pick the macan s every time. I’d pick a macan turbo every time or wait for the macan gts and get one year old cpo.
I did mean the GLE even though it is in a different class (more like the Q7, Cayenne), only checking it as it seemed sweet.
There was a test done with the SQ5 fitted with winters running 0-60 4.4sec out of the box, for sure the macan S is a bit longer, wider, lighter so overall performance should win as you mentioned. I think the Macan’s ride height may put it below the SQ5 for us. Planning on driving one this weekend.
Nice review. All the cars have pros and cons. So do you want the typical Audi pros and cons and feel or porsche? I was surprised at what a hooligan the Mercedes was, cool car! I think if you need more cargo and you factor in price the sq5 wins. If price doesn’t matter and you have more rwd bias more fun Albeit some turbo lag go with the macan, if you want a little while amg experience and something that you probably won’t see much at all on the road like it, get the gla
Good luck and let us know what you decide. If it’s me and ultimate cargo does not matter get a 1 year old macan turbo for 70ishk
The SQ5 really is under rated from the factory as compared to the Macan S, but are any of us really surprised as we have all known this for many years in the S4s.
After testing out the Macan this weekend the SQ5 really is so much bang for your buck. The salesman tried his hardest to sell us his custom red, turd double brown shaded interior, classic 5 spoke two toned wheel, $82000 Macan S! We played along just so we could test the car out, and as he was talking it up and stated the price I asked him if the turbo was accidentally deleted, or if they confused the price of it with a turbo. He went on about all the “exclusive” options it had…Then I told him we just drove the SQ5 and were deciding between that and the Porsche, “so sell me the Porsche” His only response was why buy an Audi when you can have a Porsche? lol!
To option the Macan S similarly to the SQ5 we are in $8k more ($3300 for wheel upgrade vs the $800 on the Audi).
The Macan felt a bit cheap, less attention to detail during production, whereas the SQ5 felt built NOT being a “mass produced” car. Some of the biggest things for us was that:
Macan’s gas pedal delay (even in dynamic) was really bad as compared to the SQ5.
Macan’s turbo lag sucked4. , and combine was that gas pedal delay it was just fuckin annoying.
Macan’s PDK transmission was so much faster as compared to the SQ5’s standard 8 speed coming from the Q5 (only with a more aggressive calibration)
Macan felt smaller, handled better even though it is a larger car, SQ5s size definitely felt larger at higher speeds
Macan’s aesthetic exterior appearance was nicer if optioned properly, not to say the SQ5 was not (this is subjective)
In the end I dont think the exterior appearance, PDK, and additional 8k justify’s the “Porsche” brand. The salesman knew after I brought up all these irrefutable arguments during the drive, bitching about the gas pedal delay and turbo lag he had no chance at making a deal. So once we parked he took the keys claiming it was too hot outside, threw his business card at us and left. I have never, ever experienced that while shopping for a car.
Even better…guess what car he drove…Audi A4!!! LOL, but claimed he has a Macan GTS “on order”. Porsche is robbing everyone on that GTS…paying 15k for a tune ??? ??? ???