Driving the Audi SQ5 in Munich

The steering is not one of those light, lifeless things you get in Audis. It’s got a bit of weight in all modes, Dynamic being the firmest. But you can still feel the artificiality of it. It’s constantly tightening and loosening itself in Auto mode. Even in Dynamic, around the villages in Fraunberg, the steering feels like a little boy trying very hard to show some biceps when he flexes his elbows. Only there aren’t really any biceps to speak of.

So, the SQ5 isn’t a driver’s car. It isn’t an accurate precise car. And it isn’t going to take you up insurmountable mountains. But for some peculiar reason, it’s still fun. That engine note, of course, is brilliant. But even the rest of the car nearly convinces you to set aside lofty ideals – precision, handling, 0-100, gear ratios – and just sit back and enjoy. It’s not a mindless Hindi masala flick that needs you to keep your brains at home to enjoy it. Nor is it a Quentin Tarantino or Satyajit Ray film that will have the critics, culture theorists and cinema students take notes. It’s more like a simple, light-hearted Hrishikesh Mukherjee movie that just leaves you with this logical yet feel-good energy.