Soon after the release of the Audi Q3 Sportback, it was rumored that the Germans would make a similar version of the popular Q5 SUV. Not long after that, an Audi Q5 Sportback was confirmed, proving that Audi is really going to coupe-ify every SUV its range. Now that some spy photos have surfaced, we can see that the Q5 Sportback looks like a slightly bigger Q3 Sportback. (We don’t own the spy photos but you can see them here)
Surprise! The bigger version of a smaller car looks like… a bigger version of a smaller car, *gasp*.
This is part of the current Q5’s mid-cycle refresh, so aside from its new coupe-ish body style, it’s essentially going to be the same car. So expect the same new grille, headlights and interior. That also means a tech upgrade, to Audi’s latest Touch Response MMI system and Virtual Cockpit gauge cluster.
There will also be the same engine options, so expect a range of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines throughout most o the world. No word yet on the Audi SQ5 Sportback but expect it to arrive shortly after and expect the same 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 with around 354 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque.
As pointless as this Audi Q5 Sportback might sound, it’s actually more necessary than it might seem. The moment it debuts, it will face direct competition from the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Coupe, two cars that actually sell very well despite being pointless. So as pointless as the Audi Q5 Sportback might seem to enthusiasts, it’s surprisingly useful to Audi.
To be fair, it doesn’t seem to look bad at first glace. Sure, we’re only looking at it through camouflage, so we can’t see exactly what it looks like but we know what the standard Q5 looks like, so we can take an educated guess. From these photos, the Audi Q5 Sportback looks exactly like we thought it would look — like a Q5 with some of the top of its trunk cut off.