3 Luxe Utility Vehicles Worth Every Penny

AUDI SQ5
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AUDI SQ5

The last Q5 was appealing enough for Audi to sell more than 1.5 million units worldwide. It’s harder to fi nd fault in the 2018 model — based on the same platform as the Porsche Macan. We love everything from the Q5’s clear, logical tech controls to its velvety power delivery. But we argue that it’s worth the nearly $13K upcharge for its more muscular brother, the SQ5, and not just for the signifi cant leap in power. Adding on the S Sport package ($3,000) brings a hydraulic rear differential that sends up to 100 percent of its available power to one rear wheel, keeping you eerily planted in corners, while adaptive steering ($1,150) tightens up as your speed increases — both of which offset the SQ5’s 4,400-pound weight. We found ourselves bombing down British Columbian forest roads as if piloting a hot hatch. Of course, loading on those options gets pricey. But the SQ5 is so quick and so polished that it’s hard to resist diving into deep savings. audi.com

ENGINE: 3-LITER SUPERCHARGED V6 

HORSEPOWER: 354 

MSRP FROM: $55,275