The New 2018 Audi SQ5 Has Ghastly Fake Exhaust Tips

Back in January, Audi unveiled the all-new SQ5. Both in person and on the spec sheet, it certainly appears like a serious step up from its predecessor.

Nevertheless, it appears that Audi applied some visual trickery on the new SQ5 fitting it with ghastly fake exhaust tips, among the worst we’ve ever seen, which were picked up by Reddit user Jdubbswrx.

On first glance, it looks like the potent SUV has four exhaust tips and in the description of the model on Audi’s Canadian website, the brand even specifically states that it has quad tips: “The handsome, rugged lines of the Q5 are further enhanced by the tradition of Audi S model. Lowered suspension, unique body styling and quad exhaust tips show this SUV means business,” reads the company’s description of the car.

However, if you look closely, the ‘tips’ are totally fake and where the exhausts should sit is instead matte black plastic surrounded by a silver shroud.

For some unknown reason, Audi has instead decided to cut the exhausts short meaning they end just after the large central muffler and point directly towards the ground.

At the car’s public debut in Detroit, these fake exhaust tips went unnoticed, but curiously, the official press images of the model appear to show real quad exhausts, like the previous SQ5.

Audi certainly isn’t alone in adopting fake exhausts. Cars like the Lexus IS F and Ferrari California have become infamous with having exhausts that don’t actually attach to the tips. Heck, even the Peugeot 308 GT is guilty of having fake tips, just like the new SQ5.


  • Adi

    Why do you all make such a big deal out of it?

    • Akira

      Because it’s ridiculous, and unexplainable.

      • Bo Hanan

        More like ignorant. Especially for a company of their “supposed” stature.

        • Diogenes65

          Reminds me of my old Trabant.

    • Big Black Duck

      because they don’t accept fake money

      • ChizzoLi

        Oh snap!

    • Cameron

      Because you pay all that money, you expect quality and craftsmanship. This is a shortcut to save money. Money that’s going straight into their pockets and not what you are paying for.

      • TheBelltower

        It probably saved them a total of $5 or $10 per car to do it this way compared to doing it properly. I guess to the bean counters, that’s a good thing. But if they lose one or two sales because of it, the savings wasn’t worth it. And their reputation is now tarnished because we’ve all seen it here. This is the kind of go-fast appliqué you’d expect on American or Japanese cars. But not German cars.

        • Axel Cortez

          10$ per car for a car that has sold more than a million vehicles worldwide is $10mm usd in money saved if they lost one or two sales, still worth it.

          That is called economy of scale

        • LeStori

          As far as I can remember, each $1 saved at manufacturing level results in a $10 saving at retail level.

      • javier

        who knows maybe for sound regulations, big turn off though

      • First Amendment

        Actually they did if for the sound. They speak about it in a video. The S4 and S5 have the same turbo 6 cyl, but they wanted a different sound in the SUV. The S4/S5 have actual exhaust tips, thankfully.

    • marioGTI

      Because it is lame.

    • TheBigGuy

      Because their making it look like something it’s not. Imo, that speaks a lot about quality if they’re are not willing to go the extra mile to make it look right.

  • BGM

    Did anyone else feel that slap on the face?!

    • Bash

      Nope, unless you drive one of those. lol

    • donald seymour

      I did.

  • gregory cassanova

    Are you guys sure this just isn’t a diesel or something just for show? All S models tend to have the quad pipes so this is a bit strange

  • Gigel

    All VAG cars are fakes. Emmision fake, exhaust fake, quality fake and so on.

    • Six_Tymes

      i’m starting to believe that after seeing this, i think your spot on

    • Miknik

      At lwast they are “Premium fake” 😉

  • Peter Vancouver

    Kind of like non functioning hood scoops

    • Diogenes65

      Or non function side vents.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Or non functioning rear vents.

        *COUGH COUGH*

  • nunomaiaGMR

    Nothing new with Audi. The sporty image with FWD cars… the premium aspirations while using the same platforms, engines suspension parts etc. as Skodas and Seats… the posh price tag just for show then they are sold with massive discounts.
    fake tips
    fake quality
    fake premium

    • TheBelltower

      Most absurd comment I’ve seen all day. Audi also shares parts with Bugatti, Bentley and Lamborghini. Though this type of low-rent detail wouldn’t even be found on a Chevy. It certainly shouldn’t be on any Audi.

      • cooper


      • KenjiK

        Let’s pray they won’t share those fake exhaust tips too…

      • JimmyK

        I think he is talking about cars that most of us can buy (Fabia,A3,Leon,etc…).Now, if you think that a Huracan or a R8 share any part with an Ibiza that is absurd.

  • ErnieB

    Yeah.. not good!! For the amount of money you pay, it should not have fakery.. this is something the Trump family would get..

  • kachuks

    This is not nearly as bad as your audio system playing engine noises. But that is now the norm and we excuse it.

  • Lyonel Baratheon

    Pls look to current Mercedes GLS. The same picture.

    • europeon

      Same goes for the C-Klasse.

  • Six_Tymes

    wow. i would never buy it just because of that.

  • TheBelltower

    No decent designer should have let this kind of detail make it out the door. If I discovered this after having bought one, I’d lose my $h!t and want my money back. Has their been a major change to Audi’s design team? There are a lot of issues with the style of their vehicles lately. It’s a little concerning.

  • cooper

    Fake SQ5 = fake news

    • T_Cake


  • BlackPegasus

    Just horrible ?

  • C J

    As well as the Bugatti Chiron…

  • StrangerGP

    Fake exhaust tips are an awful trend, but I guess an “invisible” exhaust pipe is less ugly than placing one inside the fake tip so that it becomes very noticeable up close.

  • KareKakk

    If they at least were outlets for trapped air behind the bumper, it could be defendable to some extent, but now it is just silly.
    Premium Pretending.

  • This fake exhaust trend should go away like the black color alloy rims…only select few cars should have them and I’m referring to hypercars…

  • nauticalone

    Yeah…these new fake exhaust outlets are horrible / cheap looking!

  • Panhead

    I’m confused by the write up. So they were only fake at the Detroit show but real in the press releases? The show car may have been a pre-production prototype. I ask because I think the tips are required to extend beyond the fascia. Otherwise there is the risk of carbon monoxide invading the cabin while sitting at idle. The phot shows a turn down exhaust that is still under the vehicle and does not allow for exhaust to clear the fascia.

    • Kash

      Being fake at the auto show suggest the cars they were showing weren’t real SQ5’s and were just dressed up base models, very good chance this one is too because the last SQ5 had working tips, no reason to go from real to fake over one generation and no reason a sport model wouldn’t have real ones either. If i’m not mistaken the regular Q5 now uses fake tips which makes this even more probable.

      This is just a quick and easy way to get these cars into dealerships for people to oggle and peak interest, then they call them “prototypes” so they can’t be sold, Ogara Westlake has a “prototype” Bentley Supersports in its showroom right now and it even sounds the part but I wouldn’t be surprised if the VIN came back as a regular Conti Speed and they just threw an exhaust kit and rims on it. BMW put fake i8’s in dealerships to do the same thing, those cars were even faker than these exhaust tips and had nothing inside them and moved around on 4 casters.

      As for the exhaust placement, Rolls-Royce offers a “hidden” exhaust option, or they used to at least, where the exhaust tips were under the car and pointed down like these and are set fairly far back under the car. I remember seeing a lot of them on mostly the early model Phantoms. A lot of brands have used fake exhausts over the years.

  • Chris Weaver

    It’s done because a large number of customers complained about dirty exhaust tips on the previous models.

    • Miknik

      Why would a VAG car have dirty exhaust pipes? 😉

  • john1168

    These (Audi SQ5) are probably the WORST looking fake exhaust tips I’ve ever seen! WOW disgusting! And the chrome trim that connects the two….WTF is THAT?!?! It was bad enough when manufacturers like Acura would completely eliminate exhaust tips/finishers but cheap, gawdy and lazy designs like this just make it all worse.

  • Tumbi Mtika


    • Tumbi Mtika

      A little kid could make more believable fake tips!

      And Audi of all luxury car companies?

      • john1168

        Yeah, it’s pretty pathetic…

  • the first time I saw this trick was on the 406 coupe diesel. LOL Audi is doing it now hahaha

  • Miknik

    I guess it#s fine, as the diffusor and ventilation holes are fake too, so why bother with a real sports exhaust? That said I think the regular exhaust seems to be of poor quality altogether, no stainless steel, and the underside of the vehicle should have more aerodynamic covering plates in that price segment.

  • Infinite1

    This is a trend that I don’t understand especially coming from premium cars such as Audi. I expect it on a Focus or a Civic, but not from the same brand that sells the S and RS versions of cars.

  • KidRed

    They aren’t fake exhausts, they are fake exhaust “tips”. Lots of car companies do this nowadays, and have been for years now. Audi is not the first, not alone and won;t certainly be the last to do this. Old news.

  • Enter Ranting

    Just put two big fake jet engines on the back and call it a day…

  • Who knew, the world is fair after all.

    When Lexus did quad instead on dual tailpipes there was an uproar in the world.

    Glad this extends to the Germans

  • Ali Von Goldberg

    The Audi rear end reminds me of the ultra ugly Pontiac Aztek.

  • RochesterDave

    It’s a deal killer for me. I hate it, it’s ugly and cheap. On a over $55K car. Come on.

  • RochesterDave

    Get a Macan!

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