Audi SQ5 now offered in diesel

Audi recently unveiled a turbocharged diesel SQ5, in addition to the turbocharged petrol that has been available for a few years.

The diesel SQ5 is, for the moment, only available in Europe. It’s powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel, but with a difference. This model uses an electric powered compressor, which first made its debut on the SQ7. It virtually eliminates turbo lag.

The engine produces 255kW and 700Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic an quattro all-wheel drive. Under normal driving conditions, the all-wheel drive system splits the power 40:60, but up to 85% of the power can be sent to the rear wheels.

Audi claims it can accelerate to 100km/h in 5.1 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 250km/h.

When not driven in a fast and furious manner, Audi claims it will consume just 6.6 litres/100km.