Audi just made the Q5 a little sportier with the debut of the coupe-like 2021 Q5 Sportback. Just like the BMW X4, the Q5 Sportback features a coupe-like roofline.
At the front the Audi Q5 Sportback looks similar to the standard Q5, but as you move back there’s a sleeker roofline that flows into a more steeply raked rear. Compared to the standard Q5, the Q5 Sportback is 0.3 inch longer and it’s also more aerodynamic with a 0.30 coefficient of drag. At the rear the Q5 Sportback also gets OLED taillights, which are available in three different designs.
Inside the interior is basically the same as you get with the standard Q5, but there is a new 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment screen. There’s also ambient lighting and the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit. There’s a bit less cargo space than you get in the standard Q5, at 18 cubic feet compared to 25.1 in the standard Q5.
Under the hood the powertrains are also shared with the standard Q5. The base Q5 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a mild-hybrid assist system that generates 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The four-cylinder is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive.
The SQ5 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. Audi says that there are no plans to offer a plug-in hybrid version, although there is a standard Q5 PHEV.
The Audi Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback will go on sale in the first quarter of 2021.