2021 Audi Q5 Sportback

Coming Summer 2021

2021 Audi Q5 Sportback
Estimated Price: $45,000 (estimated)

  • A sleeker Q5 profile with a more coupe-like design
  • Excellent interior design paired with a user-friendly infotainment system
  • Small sacrifices to cargo space and rear headroom
  • Introduces the first Q5 Sportback generation for 2021
Contact your local dealers about upcoming availability and pricing details.
2021 Audi Q5 Sportback Review
Sweeping Style With the Same Q5 Soul
What is the Q5 Sportback?

The 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback is a Q5 with an aggressively tapered roof. Pretty simple, right? Available with the same features, same performance and similar looks, the Q5 Sportback is a new addition to the Audi lineup with style at the top of its list of priorities. It's a Q5 with a sleeker profile, designed to attract more eyes to this versatile luxury SUV.

The Q5 Sportback is the latest in a newer class of SUVs that eschew utilitarian conventions in favor of an eye-catching aesthetic. As is the case with the Q5 Sportback, this is done by chopping the roof behind the front passengers, and in the process sacrificing some rear headroom, cargo space and practicality. For some, the trade-off is worth the boost in curb appeal.

What's under the Q5 Sportback's hood?

Just like the standard Audi Q5, the Q5 Sportback is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. It's mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. An SQ5 version of the Q5 Sportback will also be available, powered by a 3.0-liter V6 (349 hp, 369 lb-ft) and paired to an eight-speed automatic.

How's the Q5 Sportback's interior?

Audi's build quality has been a strength in recent years, and we expect that won't change with the new Q5 Sportback. An attractive interior design, lined with high-end materials, means this compact crossover will feel classy and upscale.

The standard Q5 exhibits a quiet and comfortable ride, and we expect the same from the Q5 Sportback. The Q5 Sportback gets a sportier (see: stiffer) suspension than the standard Q5, but we don't expect a drastic change in ride quality. From there, the SQ5 Sportback will offer an adaptive suspension as standard and an optional air suspension that can adjust the ride height by up to 1.8 inches depending on the drive mode you've selected. Audi hasn't released official numbers on cargo capacity, but we expect a small loss in rear headroom along with a decrease in rear storage space.

How's the Q5 Sportback's tech?

Handling the majority of the Q5 Sportback's tech functions is a crisp 10.1-inch infotainment display. The system offers a customizable home screen and modern touches including over-the-air updates for software changes or bug fixes. Along with the attractive interface, the Q5 Sportback offers wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto integration, a 12.3-inch digital driver display, and driver safety aids such as adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The standard Q5 ranks near the top of our list of small luxury SUVs thanks to its top-notch interior, impressive driving dynamics, and a long list of available tech options. We expect the 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback will share many of the same attributes. Buyers should know that some rear passenger headroom and cargo space has been sacrificed in the name of the Q5 Sportback's sleeker profile.

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