2021 Audi Q5 Sportback: engines, specifications and dimensions

Want an upmarket medium SUV, but want it to be sleek rather than boxy? The swoopy new Audi Q5 Sportback coupe SUV could be for you

James Allen
Oct 30, 2020

Audi is no stranger to giving its high-riding cars a rakish makeover - after all, it already sells sleek coupe-style versions of its Q3 and electric e-tron SUVs. It’s no real shock, then, that a swoopier Sportback version of the Audi Q5 SUV is on the way.

While the Q5 Sportback won’t go on sale until mid-2021, Audi has given us a good idea of what to expect. The same trim levels from the standard Q5 will be carried over to the Sportback, and the engine range will be pretty similar, too.

That means a choice of 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines at launch, along with a more powerful diesel engine for the sportier SQ5 version, though you’ll need to wait a while if you want petrol-electric plug-in hybrid power in a Q5 Sportback.

Despite the sloping roofline, the Q5 Sportback doesn’t sacrifice that much in terms of practicality to its boxier brother. The Sportback’s luggage capacity of 510 litres is only 40 litres down on the standard car's figure and, while we won’t know for sure until we get to set in one ourselves, it appears that there should be a reasonable amount of headroom for all but the tallest adults in the back.

The big unknown at the moment is the price. That said, it’s expected the Q5 Sportback will carry a slight premium over the regular car - don’t be surprised if the base version starts at around £45,000, which is about £2,000 more than the conventional Audi Q5.

Quick facts

  • Petrol and diesel engines at launch
  • Sporty SQ5 Sportback also available
  • Luggage volume of up to 1,480 litres
  • Similar specs to standard Audi Q5
  • Goes on sale in 2021
  • Prices expected to start at £45,000

2021 Audi Q5 Sportback engines and performance

Audi Q5 Sportback buyers will have three engines to choose from initially. There’ll be petrol and diesel versions of a 204hp 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, and anyone after a bit more power can opt for a 347hp 3.0-litre diesel engine that’s exclusive to the more performance-oriented SQ5 Sportback model.

Irrespective of the engine under the bonnet, all Q5 Sportbacks from launch will be all-wheel drive only, and come solely with automatic gearboxes - a seven-speed automatic for the 2.0-litre engines, and an eight-speed for the 3.0-litre diesel. All three engines are also mild-hybrids, meaning they have a small motor-generator unit that can mildly improve the car’s fuel economy, but (unlike a conventional hybrid or plug-in hybrid) don't allow the car to travel under electric power alone.

A pair of petrol-electric plug-in hybrid engines will also be available later down the line, and they’ll almost certainly have the same tech used in the regular Q5 SUV. Both versions are expected to have the same 2.0-litre petrol engine/electric motor setup (one with a total output of around 300hp; the other approximately 370hp), and both Q5 Sportback plug-ins will likely have an electric-only range of around 26 miles.

2021 Audi Q5 Sportback technology

Just like the standard car, the Q5 Sportback will be available in four trim levels from launch: an entry-level ‘Sport’ trim, a mid-range ‘S Line’ spec, a top-of-the-line ‘Vorsprung’ grade with all the bells and whistles and a limited-run ‘Edition 1’ spec with even more kit included.

While exact specifications for each trim haven’t been confirmed yet, Audi has spilled the beans on some of the tech that will be available on the Q5 Sportback. All versions will come as standard with gadgets such as cruise control and a 10.1-inch touchscreen media system with built-in sat-nav, and Vorsprung Q5 Sportbacks include features like a head-up display unit and a 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

2021 Audi Q5 Sportback dimensions

Due to its rakish roofline, the Audi Q5 Sportback doesn’t have quite as big a boot as the regular car - at 510 litres, the Sportback’s luggage volume is 40 litres smaller than the regular Q5’s. However, that does mean the Sportback’s boot capacity is in the same ballpark as other coupe SUVs like the BMW X4 (525 litres) and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe (500 litres), and the space can be increased to 1,480 litres by folding the rear seats down.

Audi hasn’t yet said how much space there is for passengers in the Q5 Sportback, though we have an idea of what to expect from Audi’s other coupe SUV cars. As a result, it’s likely there’ll be a good amount of room in the front and back seats for adults, though six-footers may be left wanting for a bit more headroom in the rear.

2021 Audi Q5 Sportback prices and release date

An exact launch date for the new Q5 Sportback hasn’t been announced yet, though Audi has said the car will go on sale before July 2021. Likewise, prices haven’t been confirmed yet, though it will likely carry a small premium over the regular Audi Q5 - expect the Q5 Sportback to start from around £45,000.

 

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