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For the last year 2 years or so we had talked about replacing the STI with something a little bigger that could do double-duty as a more comfortable daily driver for me and also to take over as a trip car for Mrs. Hostile's R. I was ready to get out of the STI but I wasn't thrilled with our options. We didn't want a big SUV but the way the market is going it looked like I was going to end up there but we also wanted whatever we got to fit into the garage. I was definitely going to miss having such a fun car.

In December of '19 the STI went into the shop for a engine replacement. The dealership was a bit backed up so it sat for a month or so. Then Covid hit hard and by March I was working from home. In the beginning of April the car was done and afterwards I had to return to the dealer 3 times for them to fix stuff related to the engine rebuild, one of which left me stranded and the car had to be flat-bedded back. I was really not thrilled to be coming and going at a dealership during the height of a pandemic. It was at this point that we decided maybe it was time to sell the car. I was going to be home for the foreseeable future and we really didn't need a second car. I plugged it into Carvana and their price wasn't great, citing the market conditions due to the pandemic. Given that we just decided to keep and see what happened. Come December, Carvana emails me claiming "hey, we want your car and we'll pay you more" and sure enough, they were asking $4k more than they were back in March. This was now a pretty good price and seemed like a great time to sell. So away it went.


(By the way, the transaction could not have been easier.)

My parents have a spare car so they offered to loan me one to use in the mean time. The Mrs was still doing a monthly trip to the grocery and we wanted a second car in case there was an emergency with the dog and she had the car. They had just traded in their '13 Highlander for a '20 Telluride EX and had a new '19 Accord Sport 2.0t. I asked for the old, beat-up '02 4Runner Limited but my mom uses that for her antiquing business so they gave me the Accord. Honestly, they aren't really big fans of the Accord. Being a sport model it's a bit harsh for them and actually a little too low for them to get in and out of.

Anyway, the Accord has been sitting in our garage since then and been driven once a week or so for the occasional errand.


BTW, the Accord is a HUGE car. It's 16' long! It's 3" longer than the 1999 E-Class my parents traded it in for. It's a freaking barge. The amount of interior room is insane, especially the back seat.

Anyway. I really wanted a wagon and I immediately gravitated to the new Outback XT Touring but the Mrs didn't want us to buy another Outback after I sold the last one after 2 years to buy the STI (oops!) and she wanted us to get something nicer than a Subaru. That pretty much left us with 2 cars, a Volvo V60/V60CC or an a4 allroad. The new 4-door Bronco was also on the list but it was just too big for our garage and was a $53k truck the way I wanted it (Outer Banks with the V6 and a few boxes checked). So while looking at other vehicles and inevitably crossing them off the list I kept coming back to the A4 allroad, a car that I've been wanting on for a while. Specifically a Premium Plus in Navarra Blue metallic with brown ventilated sport seats, gray oak wood inlays, full paint finish, extra rear airbags and the Bang & Olufsen system.





So on Monday I'm about to text our favorite Audi GSM, @Smooremin , up in Chicago to see about ordering the allroad and my wife says, "So...how much is the SQ5?"



Back in 2016 we had test driven an SQ5. We had stopped into our Subaru dealer on the way to my parents house. We had become chummy with the sales manager there who sold us the STI and were dropping in to say hi. They had a SQ5 in their used lot and we took it out for a spin while we were catching up with him. It was a beast. We had the Golf R at this point and it really felt like a big Golf R (winkwink). We liked it and actually thought about trading in the STI right then and there (what the hell is wrong with me?) but it was expensive for us at the time and I would have had to buy winter wheels, it didn't have a backup camera, etc. After that test drive I've always had a desire for the SQ5.

Flash forward back to this past Monday.

me: "Huh?"
Mrs: "Hello..? How much is the SQ5?"

We start ticking some boxes to get it basically where the allroad would be and it's a bit more expensive but still doable. So we end up calling Brandon and we ask some questions about options, incentives, etc. He mentions that Audi is dealing on left over 2020s so we leave him to it to see what he can find with the options we want. We follow-up quickly via text with some more questions and then we think about it for a few days. Basically there are no 20's left with what we want and we just didn't want to compromise on the stuff we wanted just to save a couple grand.

So Friday we call Brandon back and we give him an order to put in on this:





2021 SQ5 Premium Plus
District Green metallic
Black Leather/Dinamica seats
Rear side thoracic airbags
255/45 R20 all-season tires
Bang & Olufsen® 3D Premium Sound System
Black Optic package
Carbon Atlas inlays

I had really wanted my next car to have ventilated seats but I just could not bring myself to get them in the S. You don't get the S embossing and the seats themselves just seemed less special since they are the same seats used across the entire brand for ventilation. I also bounced back and forth between the B&O system and the Nappa leather diamond-stitched seats. If I could have gotten the red seats it would have been a harder choice but they only offered it in the boring colors- white, silver, black. We stopped into a local Audi dealership on Thursday so I could hear the standard stereo and the B&O back to back. The B&O is being absolutely worth it, even the Mrs agreed it sounded way better. She also saw a TTS on the lot and had visions of it replacing her Golf R. (Uh oh, don't tell Brandon.) We also saw an SQ5 there in Ultra Blue metallic which was another color we were slightly considering. It's a nice color but the green is just too damn special to pass up on.

We're looking at 4-5 months for delivery. If we can both get vaccinated by then we might consider flying up to get it and drive it home but more than likely we'll end up shipping it.

It's going to be a long 5 months...

A big thank you to Brandon for helping us out and I really hope it works out for us to come up there so we can finally meet face-to-face.

Updates:
04/09/2021 - My car is in the build queue!
05/17/2021 - In Production!
07/30/2021 - It's done!
08/13/2021 - Holy crap, it's already at the dealer!
09/02/2021 - It's here!

Pictures, 2, 3, 4

Impressions, 2, 3, 4, 5
 

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Love the story and the color - congrats. I am sure the wait will be worth it and that green will look fantastic in the garage next to your wife's R. These are similar thoughts I am having when I replace my own MKVI R sometime over the next 12 months.....but our stable is different with wife driving (and hopelessly attached to) a 2019 4Runner. Still, the older I get, the nicer I think it would be to have SUV egress. Did you cross shop the X3 M40i at all?
 

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Nice! Congrats!

Another green Audi in TCL That’s a great color, too. Nicely done!

Good spec sheet. What does the ‘21 P+ come with standard?

The upgraded tech for the ‘21 is a big step up. I miss having a touchscreen with CarPlay.
Ahh yea, your new S4 is nice! I was definitely interested in the S4 but the Mrs felt we needed the extra cargo room in the back and I couldn't argue with that.

The Premium Plus gives:
adaptive cruise w/ traffic jam stop/go
advanced keyless
power folding side mirrors w/ memory
pano roof
heated steering wheel
top view 360 camera
virtual cockpit
lane centering
wireless phone charger
sirius xm

The virtual cockpit, adaptive cruise, lane centering and power folding mirrors were the big features I specifically wanted. The rest are definitely nice to have.

When we went to the local dealer on Thursday to check out the radios we started the SQ5 that had the B&O system. Man, that cold start was fantastic. I might not even cut out the resonators...
 

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Nice man, it'll be a hoot! You guys will trade that Golf R for an RS3 in no time :p ... so I assume you're buying it for you but somehow I think you'll end up in the Golf R ;).

Great choice on color, may it serve you well and get that maintenance plan whilst getting the car .. it saves you about 30-40% on services at any Audi dealership.
 
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Nice man, it'll be a hoot! You guys will trade that Golf R for an RS3 in no time :p ... so I assume you're buying it for you but somehow I think you'll end up in the Golf R ;).

Great choice on color, may it serve you well and get that maintenance plan whilst getting the car .. it saves you about 30-40% on services at any Audi dealership.
This! Enjoy your new, slightly used Golf R. :LOL: In all seriousness, congrats - beautiful spec.
Haha, thankfully the Mrs has no interest in driving something that size. She has said on more than one occasion that the R will have to be pried from her cold, dead fingers. At least unless the MK8 R has the Spektrum program. :p
 

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Haha, thankfully the Mrs has no interest in driving something that size. She has said on more than one occasion that the R will have to be pried from her cold, dead fingers. At least unless the MK8 R has the Spektrum program. :p
Until she realizes she has a lifted Golf R that's faster ... haha :) Don't forget about that clearance tho .. look forward to your impressions and then how long before you tune it ahah.
 

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Until she realizes she has a lifted Golf R that's faster ... haha :) Don't forget about that clearance tho .. look forward to your impressions and then how long before you tune it ahah.
Her R has a JB1 with a 93 octane tune, it makes pretty good power. :p

First order of business for the SQ5 is lowering springs. Maybe spacers if I end up needing to push the wheels out a tad.
 

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Congrats OP! Yeah SQ5, GLC43, Stelvio, GV70 would be at the top of my list as a sporty compact SUV. X3M340i does look good too. Though if my wife still wants another larger vehicle for her next car, Kia Stinger might beat out any SUV...

Awesome that Brandon could help you! I will always be grateful for how he helped me with my RS3. Five months is a long time to wait, more time to research your APR or JB4 or Unitronic tuning options...
 
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Congrats! Looks nice in green. Did you consider the SQ5 sport back at all?
Nope, more expensive for less space. And I think the rear looks worse on the sportback.

But we did briefly talk about the S5 sportback. It came down to space and also still more expensive.

I wish we got the S4 avant. That would have been it.
 

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I’m never one to discourage someone from getting another car and using whatever excuse they need to justify it but “my wife might be at the grocery store and the dog could have an emergency” is certainly a novel one!
 

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I have a 2020 S4 with ventilated seats. Either they don't work right or the ventilation just sucks. Having experienced other Audis with the same seats since getting the S4, I'm going to lean towards the ventilation sucking. Personally, I don't think you're going to miss it.
 

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SQ5 is on the shortlist when we need to replace my wife’s CX-5. Love that color.
 
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I’m never one to discourage someone from getting another car and using whatever excuse they need to justify it but “my wife might be at the grocery store and the dog could have an emergency” is certainly a novel one!
It’s been almost 20 years since we only owned 1 car and we’re not really interested in doing that again. Besides, I’m going to have to go back to the office at some point, even if it’s only 1 or 2 days a week.
 
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