Now that the Audi Q5 Sportback has been revealed, it’s time for sportier variants to hit the market. However, it does seem odd that Audi keeps pushing diesel-powered performance SUVs, especially considering that litigation for its diesel scandal is still going on, five years later. Also, it’s not as if Audi doesn’t have good gasoline versions of the same SUVs. Either way, the all-new Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI is here and is going on sale in Europe.
In terms of looks, the new Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI is exactly as we expected — it looks like an Audi SQ5. Aside from the killer Dragon Orange paint, the SQ5 Sportback TDI is pretty standard Audi ‘S’ car; it looks like the standard Q5 Sportback just with slightly sportier touches. So no surprise there.
While we’d still prefer the standard SQ5, the Sportback model is made for your more fashion-conscious customers. Many customers find Sportback models to be more stylish, so they sell surprisingly well. Thankfully, there should be some substance to its style.
The SQ5 TDI will pack a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine that will put out 236 horsepower (251 kW) and 516 lb-ft of torque (700 Nm). According to Audi, the SQ5 TDI will get from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.1 seconds. That’s about the same time as the gasoline powered Audi SQ5 Sportback, so there’s no performance incentive to get the diesel version over the gasoline one. There will be an efficiency incentive for the diesel, as it will get better fuel economy, though.
It will also handle and drive better than its standard sibling. Like all SQ5 models, the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI will get sharper steering, firmer suspension and less body roll than the standard car. Is it going to be some sort of road-going scalpel? Of course not. But it’s going to be a bit more fun than the regular old Q5.
Plus, if you get it in this incredible Dragon Orange paint, it will stand out among the see of black, gray and silver suburbanite Audis in your neighborhood.