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Used test: Audi SQ5 vs Porsche Macan S verdict

These sporty SUVs offer thrilling performance, but does the Audi SQ5 or Porsche Macan make the superior used buy?...

Audi SQ5 vs Morsche Macan S

Our verdict

As we've explored, the Audi SQ5's diesel engine isn't badly shown up, performance-wise, by the Porsche Macan's petrol one. Couple that with praiseworthy economy and the notion of diesel power in a sports SUV makes decent sense. However, the SQ5 is unlikely to tempt you to take the scenic route to work just for the fun of it, while its rival will.

The Macan positively encourages you to grab the keys and head out for a drive. In fact, even as a five-year-old used buy, it's the definitive blueprint for a sports SUV. Factor in that it holds its value better and remains pretty practical, it soon becomes clear that the Macan is the winner. 

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1st Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan S side

For More fun to drive; smoother ride; holds its value brilliantly; sporty driving position
Against Smaller boot; tighter rear seats; thirsty; pricier to buy

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

Audi SQ5 side panning - 69 plate

For Roomier and slightly classier inside; more standard kit; better infotainment
Against Less involving; noisier; engine note a bit artificial; heavier depreciation

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Audi SQ5 3.0 V6 TDI quattro

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Engine 3.0-litre diesel
Power 342bhp 
Torque 516Ib ft 
0-60mph 4.8sec
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 34.4mpg (WLTP)
CO2 emissions 172g/km (NEDC)

Specifications: Porsche Macan S 3.0 V6

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Engine 3.0-litre petrol
Power 349bhp 
Torque 354Ib ft 
0-60mph - 4.6sec
Top speed 157mph
Fuel economy 25.7mpg (WLTP)
CO2 emissions -204g/km (NEDC)

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