• 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback

The Q5 Sportback is Audi’s offering to growing coupe segment

For the folks who like their SUVs with coupè-like sloping rooflines, here’s Audi’s latest product – the Q5 Sportback. Audi calls them Crossover Utility Vehicles, and the Q5 Sportback is the third product in this lineup, following the Q3 Sportback and the e-tron Sportback. The Q5 Sportback is Audi’s take on the BMW X4 and the Mercedes GLC Coupe. The Q5 Sportback commands a premium of $4,500 over the SUV style for mainly an exterior appearance package, sleeker looks, and some other minor aesthetic upgrades. Is it worth it? Well, you tell us.

Audi Q5 Sportback Exterior

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The major differences lie on the outside when you compare the Q5 Sportback to the standard Q5. The Sportback is curvier and looks sharper, courtesy of the S-Line exterior trim that’s offered as standard on the U.S.-spec Q5 Sportbacks. This means the Q5 Sportback wears a different grille and a front and rear diffuser. OLED headlights are also exclusive to the Sportback.

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The Sportback is all about the roofline and that is evident when you step to the side. It seems to eat into the headroom at the rear, but the sloping roofline mainly impacts the storage space inside the cabin. It rides on 19-inch wheels wrapped in 235/55 section tires as standard, whereas 20- and 21-inch wheels are available as options. At the rear, things are slightly different, too, courtesy of the diffuser. The CUV is offered in many different shades, some of them include:

  • Ibis White
  • District Green Metallic
  • Florett Silver Metallic
  • Glacier White Metallic
  • Mythos Black Metallic
  • Ultra Blue Metallic
  • Daytona Gray Pearl
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In terms of dimensions, the Q5 Sportback is 0.3 inches longer than the standard Q5, but shares the same height and width. While I’m not a fan of coupes, I must admit that the Q5 Sportback here is an exception and it looks better than the standard Q5.

Audi Q5 Sportback Interior

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The Q5 Sportback comes with leather upholstery. There are also Gray/Brown birch natural wood inlays to add to the premium feel. The cabin is as spacious as the Q5’s, although it takes a slight hit in the cargo space department, thanks to the sloping roofline. The Q5 Sportback offers 24.7 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in place and 51.9 cubic feet with the rear seats flipped down. This is slightly lesser than the Q5’s cargo volume, which offers 25.1 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 53.7 cubic feet with the second row folded.

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The CUV comes with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and head-up display in the top trim. A 10.1-inch touchscreen is picked up straight from the Q5 and runs on the MIB3 infotainment system. You can also opt for the Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System for additional monies. Some other features here include:

  • Three-zone climate control
  • Cupholders
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Panoramic Sunroof

Audi Q5 Sportback Drivetrain

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The Audi Q5 Sportback is offered with a single engine option, which is a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 261 horses and 273 pound-feet of torque.

It is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and a Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The Q5 Sportback takes 5.7 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill and has a top speed of 130 mph. The engine also features mild-hybrid technology.

Audi Q5 Sportback specifications
Engine type 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 12-volt MHEV technology
Displacement (cc)/Bore and stroke (mm) 1,984/82.5 x 92.8
Max. output 261 HP
Max. Torque 273 lb-ft
Engine block Cast-iron
Cylinder head Aluminum-alloy
Valvetrain 16-valve DOHC with Audi valvelift system and variable valve timing
Induction/fuel injection Turbocharged/TFSI®
Acceleration (0 – 60 mph) 5.7 seconds
Top speed 130 mph
Towing capacity (lb) 4,400
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Speaking of the suspension, the Q5 Sportback features a five-link setup at the front and back. A sport-tuned suspension can be had on the top trim. The air suspension is reserved for the SQ5 Sportback, which was also launched along with this model. In the braking department, the Q5 Sportback features 13.3-inch discs at the front and 13-inch discs at the rear. The towing capacity here is rated at 4,400 pounds.

As for the fuel economy, the four-pot turbocharged mill delivers 23 miles in the city, 28 miles on the highway, and 25 miles combined for every gallon of gas consumed. The CUV comes with an 18.5-gallon fuel tank.

Audi Q5 Sportback Pricing

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The Q5 Sportback is offered in three different trims and here’s how they’re priced:

  • Premium - $47,800
  • Premium Plus - $51,000
  • Prestige - $56,500

Audi Q5 Sportback Competition

Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

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Mercedes did not hold itself back while designing the GLC Coupe. This product is bold and draws polarizing opinions. It is offered in the standard and AMG trims. In the standard GLC Coupe, Mercedes offers a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged engine that dishes out 255 horses and 273 pound-feet of twist. Power is sent to the wheels via a nine-speed automatic gearbox. It takes 6.4 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from a standstill. Just like its rivals, the GLC Coupe also comes with a feature-rich cabin, with stuff like a 10.25-inch touchscreen with an MBUX infotainment system as standard. The Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe starts at $51,650, which makes it over $8,000 more expensive than the standard GLC.

Read our full review on the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe



The X4 is BMW’s offering to the segment. The body style difference is more pronounced between the X3 and the X4 than it is in the case of the Q5 and the Q5 Sportback. As is with most of the Bimmers, it is filled to the brim with features. The X4 is offered with two engine options – a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder twin-turbo engine that makes 248 ponies and 258 pound-feet of torque on the xDrive 30i, and a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder twin-turbo mill that churns out 382 horses and 368 pound-feet of twist. The X4 starts at $51,600, but can go north of $75,000 with optional accessories and packages.

Read our full review on the BMW X4

Audi Q5 Sportback Packages

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Audi offers a few packages on the Q5 Sportback, availability of which depends on the trim you pick. They include:

  • Warm Weather Package - $950
  • Navigation Package - $1,500
  • Convenience Package - $1,100
  • Sport Package - $1,250
  • Bang & Olufsen Sound System - $950
  • Rear-side Thoracic Airbags - $350

The automaker also offers a 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty on this vehicle.

Final Thoughts

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This segment is slowly getting popular and it seems like people prefer the curvy takes on comparatively boxy SUVs. The Q5 Sportback isn’t any better than the standard Q5, or any worse, for that matter. No matter how you crunch the numbers, there is a dip at the rear and it is bound to affect the storage space to some extent.

Personally, I’d pick the SUV version over the coupe any day, if we’re talking about BMW or Mercedes. But in this case, I’d pick the Q5 Sportback over the egg-shaped standard Q5. The Q5 Sportback comes with the S-Line exterior package as standard, so that justifies the premium of $4,500 to some extent. It must be noted that the X4’s starting price is $8,600 more than the X3, whereas the GLC Coupe dictates a premium of $8,450 over the GLC. So, in that sense, the Q5 Sportback is the ‘affordable’ couple amongst the lot. That said, it all boils down to your preference at the end of the day.

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    • The rivals are much different than their standard counterparts
    • No plug-in hybrid option like the Q5
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