It was really only a matter of time before Audi Sportbackified the Q5 (“Sportbackified™” is a registered trademark of QuattroDaily. (Just Kidding)). With cars like the BMW X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe flying off dealer lots for years, we’re actually surprised it took this long for an Audi Q5 Sportback to come along. It’s finally here, though, and it’s almost exactly what we expected it to be.
For this most part, this is just a new body style for the Q5, as it’s exactly the same under its sportier skin. The Audi Q5 Sportback is essentially a standard Q5 with a sharper roofline and less rear headroom.
While the roofline is lower in the back, which makes it less practical, it does look a bit more stylish. To be honest, the Q5 Sportback seems to be the best looking of all of its competitors. It’s cleaner, a bit sharper and looks a bit more cohesive, whereas both the X4 and GLC Coupe seem a bit too bulbous. It also does get a new grille design, different from the standard Q5, which features Audi’s common honeycomb shape. So it’s sportier looking than its sibling and looks surprisingly sharp.
Inside the Audi Q5 Sportback, life is essentially the same as it is in the standard Q5. The cabin is nicely laid out, features rich materials and Audi’s latest cabin tech. So just like the Q5 facelift, the Q5 Sportback has the newest Touch Response MMI system and Virtual Cockpit.
For America, there will be two different powertrain options. The standard of which will power the regular Q5 Sportback, with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. However, customers can also step up to the Audi SQ5 Sportback, which packs a 3.0 liter turbocharged V6 that makes 349 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Those power figures are identical to the standard Q5 and SQ5.
If you like the look of the Audi Q5 Sportback, or the SQ5 Sportback if you’re feeling saucy, you’ll have to wait until next year to get one. They roll off the production line of the San José Chiapa, Mexico plant sometime during the first half of next year.