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Audi expands SUV line-up with Q5 Sportback (gallery)


Audi has announced a new coupe version of its Q5 SUV, the Q5 Sportback, that will arrive in dealerships during the first half of 2021.


It joins the smaller Q3 Sportback, which launched last year, and the recently introduced e-Tron Sportback, as part of a new range of sleeker SUVs.

The new model will be available with a choice of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybid engines, along with a performance oriented SQ5 Sportback model.

Audi says the new Q5 Sportback will appeal to those who “appreciate the innately family-friendly utility and sophisticated technology of the standard Q5 but also admire the expressive and distinctive design of more purebred sports cars”.

There will be a choice of Sport, S line, Vorsprung and Edition One specification options.

Initially, the Q5 Sportback will be available with a 40 TDI or a 40 TFSI engine, both offering a 204PS output. The SQ5 will use a V6 diesel, while plug-in hybrid variants will join the range later in 2021.

Visually, the Sportback stands out from a regular Q5 thanks to its raked roofline. It has also been given a new grille and wheel design to further set it apart.

The cabin is largely identical, though space in the rear is reduced by the lower roofline. There’s a 40-litre penalty for boot capacity, which is down from 550 litres to 510 - though that increases to 1480 with the rear seats folded down. Rear passengers lose around two centimetres of headroom.

An optional ‘rear bench seat plus’ allows the rear seat backs to recline and for the entire bench to slide backwards and forwards, enhancing boot space by up to 60 litres.

Standard equipment includes the latest Audi MMI infotainment system with a 10.1-inch display. UK models also get the Audi Virtual Cockpit plus with a 12.3-inch screen and MMI Navigation Plus with internet connectivity.

Vorsprung versions include a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, a head-up display, wireless phone charging and a suite of driver assistance systems including blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control.

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