Audi has announced the SQ5 TDI Special Edition, with the new mild-hybrid diesel powertrain joining the petrol engine in the performance SUV.
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  • 2020 Audi SQ5 TDI Special Edition price and specs announced
  • Return of the diesel performance SUV, not available here since 2016
  • Cheaper than the previous Audi SQ5 TDI
  • Priced from $104,990 plus on-road costs

The 2020 Audi SQ5 TDI Special Edition has been announced for Australia with a mild-hybrid diesel powertrain.

Buyers can now choose between a 48-volt mild-hybrid 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 producing 255kW/700Nm, or the current 3.0-litre turbo petrol V6 engine offering 260kW/500Nm in the SQ5 TSFI.

The new mild-hybrid diesel engine in the SQ5 uses an electric turbocharger – first seen on the 2016 Audi SQ7 – working in conjunction with the traditional exhaust-powered turbo to ensure a linear power delivery across the rev range.

Audi says the mild-hybrid diesel powertrain gets the SQ5 to 100km/h from standstill in 5.1 seconds, but claims average fuel consumption of only 6.8 litres per 100 kilometres.

The engine is coupled with an eight-speed torque-converter automatic, sending power to all four wheels.

While the facelifted 2021 Audi Q5 was revealed back in June 2020, the SQ5 has yet to receive its makeover.

REVIEW: 2020 Audi SQ5 TDI mild-hybrid diesel V6 driven

However, the SQ5 TDI does offer matrix LED headlights and animated indicators, 21-inch alloy wheels, red brake callipers, and five exterior paint options at no extra cost. A black exterior trim package is exclusive to the SQ5 TDI.

A hands-free electric tailgate, keyless entry and start, privacy window tint, and a panoramic sunroof are also standard.

Inside, the Audi SQ5 TDI gets a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging, head-up display, and a digital instrument cluster.

There are 30 colours to choose from for the interior's ambient lighting, a three-zone climate control system, and front seat occupants benefit from heating and massage with the diamond-stitched, Nappa covered seats.

The 2020 Audi SQ5 TDI Special Edition is available to order now, with deliveries expected from November.

2020 Audi SQ5 Australian pricing

  • Audi SQ5 TFSI – $101,136
  • Audi SQ5 TDI Special Edition – $104,900

Note: all prices exclude on-road costs