2021 Audi Q5 Sportback offers elegant yet practical sportiness

ELEGANT, practical, progressive and sporty. The 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback marks the brands third next generation crossover utilitly vehicle, following the launch of the e-tron Sportback and Q3 Sportback.

The Q5 Sportback brings the dynamic lines of a coupe, and marries it with expressive design and technical innovation, along with sporty character and SUV functionality. Paired with simple operation and clear displays, it provides for relaxed driving.

Large air inlets flank the octagonal single-frame grille of the 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback, with a distinctive daytime running light signature featuring LED or matrix LED technology, completing the front end styling.

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The continuous, elegantly sweeping shoulder line emphasizes the wheels and with them the quattro all-wheel drive. Available in ‘Advanced’ and ‘S Line’ trim levels, there are some 12 paint finishes, along with a variety of trims, including a black styling package.

The SUV in the guise of a coupe shines with a number of additional practical qualities, including a luggage compartment with a volume of 510 litres. With the rear seats folded down, this increases to 1,480 litres. It has a braked towing capacity of 2400kg.

The sports suspension and damping make for a more direct road feel too. Audi also offers an alternative suspension with controlled dampers or adaptive air suspension.

The Q5 Sportback is launching with a powerful 2.0-litre, four cylinder diesel engine, delivering 150kW and 400Nm, combined with a seven speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro ultra technology.

The mild hybrid system it comes with enhances efficiency. When braking, the belt alternator starter provides a portion of the braking power and stores the electrical energy thus generated in a lithium ion battery.

The Q5 Sportback can also coast with the engine shut off. The smooth start-stop mode becomes active at a residual speed of 22km/h. The powerful diesel engine is not only efficient, it is also clean.

Thanks to a twin dosing SCR system with double AdBlue injection, nitrogen oxide emissions are further reduced as appropriate for the respective operating situation.

Post launch, a second version of the four-cylinder TDI, a V6 TDI and two 2.0 litre, four cylinder TFSI engines will be added to the Q5 Sportback range, along with a plugin hybrid in two output variants. An SQ5 Sportback will also round off the line up.

Hardware modules such as the Audi phone box or the Bang & Olufsen 3D premium sound system supplement the infotainment system. The Audi Q5 Sportback is also equipped with numerous driver assist systems, organised into three packages.

The adaptive cruise assist can take over accelerating, decelerating and keeping in lane for the driver in many situations. The driver only has to touch the capacitive steering wheel to maintain lateral guidance.

A second high-tech system is the predictive efficiency assist. It helps to drive defensively by evaluating predictive route data from the navigation system and camera-based traffic sign recognition.

The 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback is expected to arrive in Australia in the second half of 2021. Further information on the model line-up, pricing and specification details will be announced closer to launch.

Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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