AUDI Australia is preparing for the arrival of the first ever Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback vehicles in August. The third crossover in the range, the coupe duo feature dynamic lines, sporty character and outstanding everyday utility.
The Audi Q5 Sportback is a real eye-catcher and exudes a powerful presence, as is typical for the Q models from Audi, with large air inlets flank the octagonal single frame grille. The headlights offer a distinctive daytime running light signature.
These feature LED (TDI) or matrix LED (TFSI) technology, depending on the model, and all Q5 Sportback variants feature sporty S line exterior styling, including honeycomb pattern grille, and trapezoidal front bumper design with matte aluminium inserts.
An S line rear spoiler and diffuser with selenite silver trim, as well as S line badging also feature. Two 20-inch alloy wheel designs are standard on the TDI and TFSI models respectively.
The Q5 Sportback line-up consists of two models, the 40 TDI Quattro S Line and the 45 TFSI Quattro S Line. The engines provide outstanding power delivery, enhanced by progressive mild hybrid technology for strong performance and efficiency.
To fully harness the strength of the engine, the Q5 Sportback 40 TDI and 45 TFSI are equipped with a smooth-shifting seven-speed S tiptronic, directing power to the road via the legendary Audi quattro all-wheel drive with ultra technology.
The Q5 40 TDI is a powerful and efficient entry model, endowed with peak power of 150kW and 400Nm of torque. Exceptional long-distance range is assured thanks to remarkable fuel efficiency of only 5.4-litres/100km with a 70-litre fuel tank.
The 2.0-litre four cylinder diesel engine ensures the 0-100km/h sprint is dispatched in just 7.6 seconds, reaching a top speed of 222km/h.
The Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI is powered by a 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol engine (also with 12V MHEV), producing 183kW and 370Nm, reaching 0-100km/h in 6.3 seconds.
In addition, the sporty SQ5 Sportback TDI boasts a 3.0-litre V6 engine with 48v MHEV system and electric powered compressor, producing an output of 251kW and 700Nm.
It accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 5.1 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h and thanks to the efficiency gains provided by the MHEV system, fuel consumption is 7.1-litres/100km.
An actuator in the exhaust system gives the V6 a distinctive and sonorous sound and is controlled via Audi Drive Select. To harness the engine’s power, the SQ5 TDI is equipped with a fast-shifting eight-speed tiptronic transmission, and Audi Quattro all-wheel drive.
The self-locking centre differential is able to direct 40 per cent of the torque to the front axle and 60 per cent to the rear in normal driving conditions, with up to 85 per cent directed to the rear wheels if the road conditions demand it.
The standard adaptive suspension with damper control sits the SQ5 Sportback 30mm lower than the Q5 Sportback and ensures the perfect combination of ride comfort and dynamic performance.
Optional air suspension adjusts the ride height of the body through five levels depending on the driving situation. Additionally, the optional quattro sport differential can provide further adjustment, particularly dynamic driving.
Eight airbags head an extensive safety list, including autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, attention assist to mitigate lapsing concentration, side assist, active lane assist (with lane change warning), exit warning, and hill descent control.
There’s also cross traffic assist rear, hold assist, park assist, parking system plus with reversing camera, tyre pressure monitor and pre-sense basic/rear, as well as an intelligent 360 degree camera.
The Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro and SQ5 Sportback TDI also include adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist as standard, with all variants offered with a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.
Inside the cabin, the entire Q5 model range is endowed for comfort and versatility with intuitive technology, offering seamless integration of the Audi smartphone interface via Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay.
Unique displays in the standard Audi Virtual Cockpit Plus provide all necessary information for the driver, enhanced by the 10.1-inch high-resolution MMI touch display. Additional features include wireless phone charging and two simultaneous Bluetooth connections.
DAB+ digital radio and four USB outlets (two in rear) are also included. All Q5 models offer the convenience of Audi Connect Plus functionality for online traffic, weather conditions, fuel prices, parking information, destination send-to-car and Google Maps.
The 40 TDI Quattro S Line gains highlights such as sport front seats and exterior mirrors with heating, folding, auto dimming and dipping. A suite of sophisticated interior upgrades such as the black cloth headlining, and inlays in aluminium rhombus, are included.
Additionally, the interior of the 45 TFSI Quattro S line is resplendent in its luxurious and sporty finishing, including Nappa upholstery with diamond stitching, inlays in matte brushed aluminium, pedals in stainless steel and other S accents.
The 45 TFSI also adds rear seat bench plus, affording the option to slide and recline the second seat row for added versatility. A selection of nine exterior colours are available on the new Audi Q5 range, along with a host of interior trim colours.
The new Audi Q5 Sportback range starts from $77,000 (plus on-roads), while the SQ5 Sportback TDI comes in at $110,900 (plus on-roads). For further information and specification, please contact your local Audi dealer.