Audi Q5 Sportback

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Audi Q5 Sportback

Coming in 2021​

Audi has given its Sportback treatment to yet another car in its range - the Q5. Following on from the likes of the Q3 Sportback and e-tron Sportback, the Q5 Sportback boasts a sleeker and more dynamic design than the conventional Q5. Though still retaining the regular car’s classy cabin and efficient range of engines, the Sportback brings a somewhat sportier edge to the Q5. Let’s dive in and see what else it’s got to offer.​

Interior

The cabin of the Q5 Sportback has been given a generous helping of premium materials to ensure that it feels up to the standards expected from an Audi product. As such, there's a lot of high-end materials used throughout which meet a large infotainment screen and Audi’s virtual cockpit display. 

However, practicality hasn’t been forgotten about either. Despite the sloping roof, there’s 510 litres of boot space to play with, and this can be increased to 1,480 litres by folding down the rear seats. In addition, tip-top Vorsprung models get a sliding rear bench which allows you to boost the standard boot space by 60 litres by pushing the seats as far forward as possible. 

Exterior

It’s on the outside where you’ll notice the most amount of difference between the standard Q5 and this new Sportback model. It’s far sleeker in design than the conventional SUV, bringing a raked roofline which ties it together with other Sportback models in the range. 

Of course, this does mean that headroom inside is slightly impeded, but it’s not as badly affected as you might think given the sharply tapered roofline. The Sportback represents a new take on the Q5 formula, and it’s a well executed one to say the least.

Technology

As we’ve come to expect from current Audi models, the Q5 Sportback is a car which is practically bristling with technology. Step inside the cabin and you’ll be met by a large 12.3-inch panoramic screen and it’s here where you’ll access all of the major functions such as media controls, satellite navigation and system settings. It also includes Apple CarPlay, which gives another way of quickly integrating your smartphone into the car’s system. 

Audi’s clever Virtual Cockpit is included too. This display, which takes the place of the conventional dials, allows you to change between various screens and icons. You can even use it to show the satellite navigation rather than viewing it on the standard infotainment screen. 

Performance

The Q5 Sportback will initially be launched with a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine with 201bhp, linked to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox. It’s also equipped with mild-hybrid technology for added economy and efficiency gains. 

Further down the line, expect to see a plug-in hybrid version as well as a performance-orientated SQ5 Sportback version. It’s likely that four-cylinder petrol engines will join the line-up too. 

Trim levels of the Q5 Sportback

Sport

Sport will mark the entry point to the range, but still brings plenty of standard equipment such as 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, as well as the full navigation system and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display. 

Sport

Immensely popular S Line trim will likely be a go-to specification on the Sportback, as it not only adds larger alloy wheels - now 19-inch - but also striking Matrix LED headlights, privacy glass, sport seats and a full sport suspension setup.

Edition 1

Edition 1 cars boast even more standard equipment again, with 20-inch wheels and a full black styling pack giving the Q5 Sportback a distinctly eye-catching appearance. A flat-bottomed steering wheel and LED interior lighting are also included. 

Vorsprung

Finally there’s Vorsprung. With 21-inch diamond cut wheels and a panoramic sunroof, this version really does get all of the bells and whistles you could want. A vast range of assistance systems are included too, and it benefits from a full black styling pack as well.

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Test Drive Review: Audi Q5​ Sportback

What it?

It seems like with each passing week there’s a new niche-busting model. All manufacturers are at it, too, and Audi is one of the most accomplished at finding space in its line-up where there appeared to be none.

One of the latest examples of this arrived recently - the Q5 Sportback. It’s a sleeker, more dynamic-looking version of its regular Q5 - but is it any good? We’ve been finding out. 

What's new?

The bulk of the changes reside around the car’s looks. The rear end dips considerably more than that on the regular Q5, which there’s a higher rear bumper which gives the Sportback a more ‘pinched’ appearance. 

Though that sloping roof does impede boot space a touch, Audi offers an optional sliding rear seat which can be used to increase outright luggage capacity. 

What's under the bonnet?

There’s a good variety of engine choices available with the Sportback, with two diesels, one petrol and a single hybrid there to select from. The entry-level diesel produces 201bhp and 400Nm of torque, while mild-hybrid assistance helps to boost efficiency, too. 

Above this sits the more powerful SQ5 which utilises a 3.0-litre turbocharged diesel unit with 336bhp and 700Nm, yet can return up to 34mpg and emit 222g/km CO2. 

Two variants of the same plug-in powertrain are available - pushing out wither 295 or 362bhp - but they promise up to 188mpg and CO2 emissions of 37g/km.

We tested the 45 TFSI petrol, which produces 261bhp and 370Nm while returning 32mpg and emitting 202g/km CO2. 

What's it like to drive?

The thrummy petrol engine is just as punchy as the numbers might suggest and brings more than enough performance for a car of this size. It even sounds good, delivering a turn of pace which will be plenty for the average driver. 

However, the Sportback does the more relaxed side of driving impressively well too. The adaptive air suspension plays a starring role in this, bringing a real sense of refinement to the way the car travels down the road. 

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​How does it look?

Audi’s range of SUVs has a real presence to it and this is particularly evident with the Q5 Sportback. The large front grille, wide side air inlets and striking LED headlights all result in a ca which is hard to miss. 

At the back, that sloping roofline has been successfully integrated into the car’s overall design, while the rear window seamlessly blends into a small spoiler-like section. A chunky lower bumper helps to beef up the car’s looks even further. 

What's it like inside?

As you’d expect from a modern Audi, the interior of the Q5 Sportback is a high-quality and well-made affair. It might not be the most interesting to look at, but it certainly feels well put together and as though it’ll stand the test of time. 

The central infotainment screen is easy to navigate through and good to look at, while it’s pleasing to find physical buttons and dials for the climate controls - it’s often annoying to find these positioned within the screen. 

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What's the spec like?

Even in base-level Sport trim, the Q5 Sportback incorporates a lot of standard equipment. Priced from £44,495, you get 18-inch alloy wheels, LED head- and tailights, twin-leather sport seats and a variety of high-end finishers for the cabin. You’ll also find that 10.1-inch infotainment screen fitted as standard too, alongside a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit.

Move up to S Line - priced from £47,495 - and you’ll find 19-inch alloy wheels added alongside S Line sport suspension, Alcantara and leather upholstery and aluminium interior inlays. Top-spec Vorsprung models start from £62,645 and boast 21-inch alloy wheels, adaptive air suspension and a panoramic sunroof - among other features.

Verdict

The Q5 Sportback arrives a real all-rounder, bringing fun and refinement as well as that all-important practicality. Despite the more dynamic looks this is a sensible and spacious SUV which manages to ride beautifully well - even when using larger alloy wheels.

However, these are all of the attributes you get with the regular Q5 without the boot space penalty. It’s unlikely that those opting for the Sportback will be left disappointed, but it’s definitely a decision to be made on looks alone.

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