Audi Q5 Sportback Review
Sharply styled four-door coupe version of conventional SUV puts style ahead of practicality, and you’ll have to pay for it.
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The new Audi Q5 Sportback is an SUV for people who don’t want to look like they’ve bought an SUV, so it has a seriously rakish profile, like the BMW X4. It’s Audi’s third coupe-styled SUV after the Q3 Sportback and Q8 and comes with the same tech as the recently updated Audi Q5.
From the front, the new Audi Q5 Sportback only looks subtly different to the standard Q5. The grille comes with slightly different plastic mesh, and the air intake trims beneath the headlights have been tweaked, too. The Q5 Sportback is available with OLED lighting technology that makes the headlights and brake lights brighter and more efficient than ever.
You’ll see a much bigger difference from the side. The Audi Q5 Sportback is only seven millimetres longer than the standard Q5 but its sloping roofline and revised back end make it look lower, longer and sportier. The rear bumper has been tweaked too, with revised silver trim and different reflector strips under the boot lid.
The new Audi Q5 Sportback interior looks much the same as the standard Q5’s cabin, at least in the front. You get the same dashboard design with Audi’s latest infotainment system. This consists of a standard-fit 12.3-inch virtual cockpit and a free-standing 10.1-inch touchscreen display. Audi has also upgraded the voice commands that now respond to the ‘Hey Audi’ trigger phrase.
Backseat headroom will be slightly tighter than in the Audi Q5, and the boot drops from 550 litres in the standard Q5 to 510 litres. Fold the Q5 Sportback’s rear seats down and this grows to 1,480 litres – although that’s still 70 litres less than you can fit in the standard Q5.
The new Audi Q5 Sportback will go on sale first with a pair of 2.0-litre engines – a 204hp 40 TFSI petrol and 204hp 40 TDI diesel. Audi has also launched a 347hp twin-turbo V6 diesel SQ5 Sportback model and is set to reveal a pair of plug-in hybrid models in 2021. Every Audi Q5 Sportback – including the high-performance SQ5 Sportback – comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The cabin is as classy as ever, and Audi has jumped on the 'Hey Audi' voice control bandwagon.
S Line models come with lowered, stiffer suspension to make them feel more agile to drive, and you’ll be able to pay extra for an adaptive suspension set-up that lets you switch between more comfortable and sportier setups on the fly. Adaptive air suspension that can vary the car’s ride height to make it lower for better high-speed stability and taller to deal with the odd spot of off-roading will also be available.
The new Audi Q5 Sportback will go on sale in the first half of this year and is expected to cost a few thousand pounds more than the standard Q5, so you can expect to hand over from around £45,000 for an entry-level car and more than £55,000 for an SQ5 Sportback.
We’re scheduled to drive the new Audi Q5 Sportback very shortly indeed so check back regularly to find out what it’s like.