Combining the family-friendly usability of the regular Q5 with more coupe-like styling, the Sportback is a glamorous yet practical SUV
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Need to know
The Q5 Sportback’s rear lights are available with OLED technology, which allow for different lighting signatures to be configured without having to change the bulbs.
The Q5 Sportback is kitted out with Audi’s multimedia system, which – among other features – boasts an advanced voice assistant operated using the words ‘Hey Audi’.
The Q5 Sportback is available with the same broad choice of engines and trim levels as the standard Q5, expanding its appeal to more buyers.
Q5 Sportback range
Q5 Sportback Sport
18" '5-twin spoke' dynamic alloy wheels
LED headlights & tail lights
MMI navigation plus with 10.1" touch screen
Audi virtual cockpit plus with 12.3" screen
Pre sense city
Q5 Sportback S line
19" '5-twin-spoke star' alloy wheels
Matrix LED headlights
Dynamic front & rear indicators
Privacy glass on rear and rear-side windows
Front Sport seats with S embossed logo
The Audi Q5 is already one of the finest mid-size SUVs on the market, and the Sportback is an impressive extension of that. Bringing extra style for those wanting to stand out, that coupe-like roofline looks fantastic, yet doesn’t really compromise interior space, either. It's comfortable, refined and has a great interior and is generally a terrific choice.
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Introduced to enable Audi’s mid-size SUV offers to get behind the wheel of something more stylish, the Q5 Sportback brings a more coupe-like design to this segment – something buyers are increasingly interested in. But Audi has cleverly done so in a way that brings hardly any compromise when it comes to the interior space on offer.
The Q5 Sportback was launched at a similar time as an overhaul of the standard Q5 in 2021 – which saw revised bumpers introduced alongside a reworked grille and new LED headlights. Inside, Audi has also fitted the Q5 with a larger and improved touchscreen system.
The main focal point of the Q5 Sportback is that sloping roofline at the rear. It’s not quite so obviously sloped as some other SUVs so that it doesn’t impact the headroom on offer, but it tapers away earlier than the regular Q5, and is more eye-catching as a result.
Each version in the Q5 Sportback line-up also offers a slightly different look, depending on trim level, too. Those favouring a more subtle design should go for the standard Sport version, while if sportiness is more important, the more aggressive-looking S line or Black Edition would be the pick of the range.
All Q5 models get a plentiful amount of technology, particularly when it comes to the cabin. Regardless of trim, the Sportback comes with a brilliant 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that offers various different screen layouts. You also get a 10.1-inch MMI Navigation Plus touchscreen, which even features Amazon Alexa integration, so that you can use the service while in the car.
But if you want the most technology, the flagship Vorsprung is the model to go for. Equipped with features like a superb 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, it’s when it comes to driver assistance features that the Q5 really excels. Coming with a 360-degree camera system, it can semi-autonomously park and also features an ‘Exit’ warning to stop you and passengers from opening a door into oncoming traffic.
Engines & Performance
Audi has slimmed down the engine choice on the Q5 Sportback recently, with one petrol and one diesel currently available. Both engines also feature quattro all-wheel-drive and a seven-speed S tronic automatic gearbox.
Starting with the petrol, which is called the 45 TFSI, and uses a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 261bhp and 370Nm of torque. As for the diesel, it’s known as the 40 TDI and is a turbocharged 2.0-litre unit that develops 201bhp and 400Nm of torque.
Let’s start with the more powerful 45 TFSI petrol, which is noticeably brisker, with 0-60mph taking just 5.9 seconds, and allowing the Q5 to hit a top speed of 149mph. In terms of fuel consumption, Audi claims economy figures of between 31.7 and 33.6mpg*, with CO2 emissions standing at 203-191g/km*.
As for the 40 TDI, this is the more fuel efficient choice, with Audi claiming figures of 42.2-44.8mpg*, along with CO2 emissions of 175-165g/km*. It’s not slow, either, as it can accelerate from 0-60mph in 7.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 134mph.
0-60 mph (45 TFSI)
Top speed (45 TFSI)
CO2 emissions (45 TFSI)
*All vehicles are tested according to WLTP technical procedures. Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare fuel consumption, CO2 and equivalent electric range figures with other vehicles tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles, vehicle load (and, for battery electric vehicles, the starting charge of the battery).