Audi will soon roll a new variant of the Q5 into showrooms: the Q5 Sportback has a faster sloping roofline than the existing SUV model. The coupé-like design provides a slightly sportier appearance, but also less luggage space.

With the Sportback version of the Q5, Audi is again following a remarkable trend in the automotive world: more and more manufacturers are fusing an SUV with the graceful rounded roofline of a coupe. This results in individually designed cars that are nevertheless very successful: at Porsche ( Cayenne Coupe), BMW (X4 and X6) and Mercedes-Benz (GLC and GLE Coupe), these types of cars successfully appeal to car buyers.

At Audi itself, there are also a number of examples in the showroom: the Q8 is a sportier version of the Q7, the compact Q3 already exists as a Sportback and you can also order the electric e-Tron with a rounder roofline. More models will follow in the future: Audi has already announced a fully electric Q4 e-Tron Sportback. The ‘normal’ Q5 remains available in addition to the new Sportback.

Backseat Plus

On the outside, the Sportback distinguishes itself with other bumpers with larger air vents, tougher black elements and alloy wheels of at least 18-inch – instead of 17-inch on the standard Q5. Although it doesn’t look like it, the Sportback’s roof is the same height. With a length of 4.69 meters, the coupé is exactly seven millimeters longer than the existing version.

Because the roofline behind the heads of the rear passengers descends faster, less luggage fits in the trunk of the Sportback: with 510 liters, it swallows exactly 40 milk cartons, although the car lacks that space especially in height. Anyone who folds the rear seat has 1,480 liters. The Sportback is available with a sliding rear seat: you can choose between more legroom or a larger luggage space, while the backrest can also be adjusted.

A bit of a shame – and typically Audi – is that you have to pay extra for this ‘Rear Seat Plus’. Much cheaper cars such as the Volkswagen T-Cross and Seat Arona already have such a flexible rear seat, so in an Audi of more than 60,000 euros, such a comfort facility should be standard. The prices are not yet known, but you don’t get the current Q5 for less. Plaster on the wounds: an electric tailgate is standard available.

Plugins only

Although Audi has also developed the Q5 Sportback with diesel engines,

Audi will soon supply the Q5 Sportback as 50 TFSI-e and 55 TFSI-e. You can see that well, both versions are plug-in hybrids with 300 and 367 hp each. At launch, however, Audi will provide two petrol and three diesel engines. It concerns two versions of the 2.0 TFSI. Swap that you in two power versions of the 2.0 TDI. In addition, the 3.0 TDI V6 is also provided. For America, Audi still provides the SQ5 Sportback with the 3.0 TFSI V6 that you will also find in the regular SQ5.