Combining sportiness with style, the Audi SQ5 Sportback is a dynamic yet practical SUV.
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Need to know
The new SQ5 Sportback’s 3.0-litre V6 TDI diesel engine produces 336bhp, enabling a speedy 0-60mph time of just 4.9 seconds.
The SQ5 Sportback offers a very upmarket interior, with Nappa leather upholstery included on all versions.
Standard Quattro all-wheel-drive capability means the SQ5 Sportback is great in all weathers and conditions.
SQ5 Sportback range
SQ5 Sportback Black Edition
Available from stock only
20" '5-V-spoke star' Audi Sport Alloy wheels
Matrix LED headlights
Black styling pack
Fine Nappa Leather upholstery
SQ5 Sportback Vorsprung
Available from stock only
21" '5-V-spoke offset' Audi Sport alloy wheels
OLED rear lights
Carbon door mirrors and interior inlays
Technology Pack Pro, Tour Pack & Driver Assistance Pack
The Audi SQ5 has long been one of the most coveted performance SUVs on the market, and the addition of the Sportback derivative only expands its appeal further. It’s a hugely useful SUV, combining strong performance with relative efficiency and a stunning interior. There’s very little the new SQ5 Sportback cannot do.
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The SQ5 first arrived in 2013, and is a noteworthy car as it was not only Audi’s first performance SUV, but also the first diesel-powered ‘S’ model. It’s been a key part of the firm’s line-up ever since, with its combination of performance and everyday practicality really striking a chord with buyers.
This latest model gets an even sharper design as part of a mid-life update, introducing new OLED lighting and a reworked grille – the latter being different to the regular Q5. With the addition of the Sportback, it also brings a more elegant profile than the standard car.
The obvious difference between the SQ5 SUV and Sportback is the roofline, which tapers away much earlier to give the model a far more ‘coupe’ like profile. Though some might prefer the boxier look, there’s no denying the more dynamic stance of the Sportback. At the rear, there’s also quad exhaust trim.
There are two clear trim level choices too, from the SQ5 Sportback Black Edition, which gets 5-spoke Audi Sport alloy wheels and black trim elements, to the stealthier and meaner looking Vorsprung, which gets carbon inlays and bigger 21" Audi Sport alloys.
All SQ5s get an impressive range of technology, with a 10.1-inch touchscreen included across the range, but the real highlight is the digital instrument cluster, which offers pin-sharp graphics and is fully customisable.
If you’re really into your technology, though, it’s the Vorsprung version that you should look for. It brings a wealth of extra features, including a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system that has a total output of 705 watts, along with a head-up display and multi-coloured LED interior lighting. Additional driver assistance features also include adaptive cruise control with a ‘Stop&Go’ element for heavy traffic, along with Side Assist blind spot monitoring and a 360-degree camera system.
Engines & Performance
Just a single engine option is available on the Audi SQ5 – a 3.0-litre bi-turbo V6 TDI engine. It develops a 336bhp and a sizable 700Nm of torque, giving it huge pulling power – in fact, it can now up to 2,400kg. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is also used, with drive being sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The SQ5 Sportback’s V6 diesel engine also uses a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that maximises fuel economy, and allows for the engine to turn off and for the car to coast for up to 40 seconds.
Those plentiful performance figures mean the SQ5 Sportback is most certainly not short on pace, and it’s able to accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.9 seconds and head on to a top speed of 155mph.
But, thanks to it using diesel, it’s better on fuel than many other performance SUVs. Audi claims fuel economy figures of 33.6-34.4mpg*, while CO2 emissions stand at 221-214g/km*.
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).