Currently reading: New Audi Q5 Sportback: mid-sized SUV receives coupe treatment
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Felix Page Autocar writer
3 mins read
26 September 2020

Audi continues to grow its Sportback range of coupé-style SUVs, with the mid-sized Q5 the latest model to gain a more rakishly styled body option.

Following the recently launched Q3 Sportback and the larger, electric E-Tron Sportback, the new addition to the range has been completely redeveloped from the B-pillar backwards and features bespoke styling elements throughout which further set it apart from the recently facelifted standard car.

The front end, for example, receives a Sportback-specific grille with a new honeycomb-style design - which Audi claims brings it into line with its S performance models - and bespoke metallic inserts on the top-rung car. The Q5’s new LED headlights have been carried across, and sit above unique air intakes in the lower bumper. 

From the side, the Sportback is most obviously marked out by its sloping roofline and tapered rear window, while the lower body line has been pulled up to make the car appear visually longer. A new set of 21in Sportback-specific alloy wheels have been added as an option. 

Audi’s new OLED rear lights feature at the rear, and protrude slightly further than on the standard car to increase the Sportback’s overall length by 7mm. Buyers can choose from three different rear light signatures, and the Q5’s new proximity warning system will illuminate all rear lights if another vehicle comes within two metres. 

From launch, the new model will be offered with the Q5’s 201bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel option, equipped with mild hybrid technology and paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Forthcoming powertrain options include a second 2.0-litre TDI option, a diesel V6 and a pair of four-cylinder TFSI petrol options. A plug-in hybrid TFSI-e and SQ5 performance range-topper will soon complete the line-up. 

The six-cylinder options are equipped with Quattro permanent four-wheel drive, while the four-cylinder cars only send power to the rear axle when necessary. The entry-level diesel option will be front-wheel drive only. 

The Sportback is equipped as standard with the Q5’s sport suspension package, and can be optionally upgraded to the adaptive air suspension system, which offers 60mm of ride height variation to improve ride quality over rough terrain and improve handling at higher speeds. 

The cabin is largely identical to that of the standard car, though space in the rear is slightly reduced by the lower roofline: boot capacity is down from 550 litres to 510, though that increases to 1480 with the rear seats folded down, and rear passengers lose between 1-2cm of headroom. 


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The Q5 Sportback can be equipped with the optional ‘rear bench seat plus’, which allows the rear seat backs to recline and for the entire bench to slide backwards and forwards, enhancing boot space. 

Two trim levels, Advanced and S Line, are available from launch, with an optional black styling package bringing contrasting exterior trim elements. Optional extras include a head-up display, an upgraded Bang & Olufsen sound system and a range of advanced safety features including swerve assist, cross-traffic assist and turn assist.

The Q5 Sportback will be assembled in Mexico, with deliveries set to get underway in the first half of 2021. UK specification details remain unconfirmed, but expect prices to kick off at around £45,000 for the entry-level car. 


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26 September 2020
On the lower rear bumper looks a bit daft.

26 September 2020
and uglier than regular than q5 , why oh why ?

26 September 2020
Sundym wrote:

and uglier than regular than q5 , why oh why ?

because cars like this sell at the moment, all Audis competitors are making one and it will have cost peanuts to develop. No brainer if your an Audi product planner

26 September 2020

The roof on our bungalow slopes down at the back, does that make it a coupé too?

26 September 2020

 Don't Audi,Porsche and VW, Seat, Skoda share the same platforms?, kinda obvious they're going to produce similar looking cars in their own range of cars.

26 September 2020
No Peter, they don't all share the same platforms.

26 September 2020

and nor does a Porsche look the same as a Skoda

26 September 2020

Its all very well calling it a 'coupe styled SUV' but it looks like a tall hatchback to me. Should we be calling all hatchbacks coupes from now on? 

Its not a coupe, its not sporty, its an SUV with a hatchback. And if thats what buyers want, fine, but stop calling it what everyone knows it isnt

26 September 2020

Somebody please make it stop. This 'coupe' SUV nonsense has gone too far.

26 September 2020

I wonder how many people who will lease these will realise that their so-called premium German car is actually made in Mexico??


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