2021 Audi Q5 SUV gets the Sportback treatment

(January 14, 2021) HERNDON, Va. — Audi has announced two all-new variants for its best-selling, recently refreshed Audi Q5 model line, the 2021 Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback. The arrival of these new variants brings customers expressive coupe design to an SUV with a high level of everyday usability. The Sportback variants maintain benchmark-setting connectivity services, including new MIB 3 infotainment hardware, Audi virtual cockpit fully digital instrument cluster, and head-up display.

Audi Q5 Sportback variants exude a captivating presence similar to the brand’s other Sportback models, the A5 Sportback, A7, and fully electric e-tron Sportback. The Sportback offers customers an elegant, sloping roofline for those looking for expressive design and sportier stance while maintaining a high-level of everyday usability.
Further differentiating the Sportback from the SUV, standard equipment includes: 19-inch 5-double arm design wheels, S line exterior, panoramic sunroof, sport front seats,  standard LED headlights with distinctive daytime running light signature or available Matrix-design LED headlights, and Audi SQ5 Sportback models offer next-generation OLED lighting technology as part of the Prestige trim.
The OLED taillight is split into three tiles of six segments each, allowing for bright and efficient light designs with unique signatures.

Inside, Sportback models offer 24.7 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the seats up and 51.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity with the seats folded which further emphasize the everyday usability expected from the Q5 model line.

The Audi Q5 Sportback utilizes a 2.0-liter TFSI engine to generate 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission and quattro all-wheel drive with ultra technology to deliver a class-leading 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds among compact premium SUVs.
The Audi SQ5 Sportback delivers 349 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque through its 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine. Its eight-speed Tiptronic transmission is well-suited for the low-end torque of the turbocharged V6 and its gears provide quick, smooth shifts, and propels the car from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

The SQ5 Sportback also comes standard-equipped with adaptive dampers and offers an available air suspension that allows for adjustment of the ride height in addition to the firmness of the dampers, controllable via the standard Audi drive select. Available dynamic steering offers a variable steering ratio that adjusts based on vehicle speed and the Audi drive select setting.

Drivers will find Sport front seats, a black headliner, Gray-Brown Birch natural wood inlays, and a panoramic sunroof all standard equipped to further elevate the interior of the Sportback model. Horizontal lines dominate the interior leading to the 10.1 inch MMI touchscreen (1,540 x 720 pixels) which serves as the focal point of the dashboard. The MMI is backed by the all-new MIB 3 infotainment system which delivers drivers a better overall user experience through faster processing speeds and higher resolution.

Available is second-generation Audi virtual cockpit plus featuring a 12.3-inch display that offers HD resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels. The driver can choose between three viewing modes – classic, sport and dynamic. On SQ5 models, sport mode replaces the classic mode as the default view, and an S Performance mode is added, which brings the tachometer and the speedometer to the front and center of the display and allows for customizable displays to the left and right of the screen.
he 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback starts at $48,895 including a $1,095 destination charge. The Audi SQ5 Sportback begins at $57,195.