What you should know about public transportation in New York City: When you’re a Brooklynite who’d like to visit Manhattan on a weekend, it’s nearly impossible. (There are train repairs! And train delays! And trains that are out of service full stop!) That’s why I jumped at the chance to test-drive the Audi SQ5 for a weekend and enact what otherwise would have felt like a grand plan: Schlepping my toddler to the Upper West Side to visit the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. (For reference, on a day when the subways run smoothly, that kind of endeavor can take an hour or longer on the train. No thanks.)
And so we went. The only thing we didn’t anticipate? A colossal you-might-need-to-
The price: The 2020 edition of the Audi SQ5—a sportier version of the Q5—starts at $52,900 for the Premium level. We tested the Prestige, which costs $60,650 and comes enhanced with features like Audi’s own active lane assist (more on that later), beyond the base features.
The interior: In a word, it’s sleek. The interior, with its leather upholstery and ample legroom, feels both luxe and comfortable at the same time—and our toddler loved the panoramic sunroof included in this particular model, a feature that was extra entertaining in the pouring rain. This car is less spacious than your average SUV, but it also doesn’t feel like a boat when you’re driving it down the highway (a win for anyone on the fence about fully transitioning to this class of vehicles). Also worth calling out: the heated seats. Definitely a perk on a bone-chilling day. For the driver (me!), they warmed up instantly, and—part of the souped-up version—the back seats also included this feature.