Prices for Audi Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback confirmed

Newly facelifted Audi Q5 Sportback cost £2,450 more than regular versions of the SUV

UK Prices for the new coupe-inspired Sportback versions of the Audi Q5 and SQ5 have been confirmed. The Q5 Sportback range kicks off from £44,145, while the SQ5 Sportback will cost £57,030.

That means that the Sportback variants of the Q5 and SQ5 command a £2,450 premium over the equivalent conventional models in the range.

The sleeker Q5 Sportback models join the smaller Q3 Sportback and the all-electric e-tron Sportback in Audi's growing coupe-SUV line-up. 

Intended as a sportier looking alternative to the popular Q5 - the brand’s best-selling vehicle globally in 2019 with over 300,000 delivered to customers. The £44,145 start price is for the Q5 Sportback Sport 40 TDI quattro S tronic: a 2.0-litre TDI four-cylinder turbo diesel engine with 48-volt mild hybrid assistance. It develops 201bhp and 400Nm torque, sending drive to a quattro all-wheel-drive system via a seven-speed automatic gearbox. 

The 40 TDI is one of two engine options available currently; the other is a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol in the 45 TFSI model, which offers 261bhp. Prices are similar for both, with the 45 TFSI costing just £235 more than the diesel.

After launch another 2.0-litre TDI unit is coming, as is a second 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol. Audi will also introduce a six-cylinder TDI option at a later date, alongside a plug-in hybrid version of the Q5 Sportback.

The SQ5 Sportback also makes use of diesel power, in this case a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 with 336bhp and 700Nm of torque. It’s enough for a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds and a 155mph top speed - both identical to the regular SQ5.

The design departs completely from the regular Q5 from the B-pillar rearwards, incorporating a sportier, more rakish roofline and shallower rear window, into a rear end with a high-mounted bumper and tailgate. S-Line trim cars get a large singleframe honeycomb grille and more aggressive bumpers. 

The Q5 Sportback measures up at 4,690mm from nose to tail, which is 7mm longer than regular Q5. It’s just as tall with the new roofline peaking at the same height, but it cuts downwards aggressively from the top of the B-pillar to give the car its coupe look. 

For the first time Audi will offer OLED lighting technology, available in the new taillights. This will enable customers to customise the lighting signature of the vehicle for the first time, with three different lighting patterns to choose from. 

Inside, the dashboard and front quarters are carried over wholesale from the SUV, with a 10.1-inch floating touchscreen infotainment system and the availability of Audi’s ‘Virtual Cockpit’ digital instrument panel ahead of the driver. 

Boot space stands at 510 litres, compared with the 550 litres of the regular Q5. Pushing the rear bench forward (an optional feature) opens up a maximum of 570 litres with all seats in place, while folding the rear bench flat results in a loading area 1,480 litres in size, which is still down on the regular model.

Under the skin all versions of the Q5 Sportback get sports suspension as standard, with adaptive dampers as an option alongside air suspension with adjustable ride height. Engines are shared completely with the Q5, which means an initial choice of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. 

Three trim levels are offered for the Q5 Sportback, matching that of the existing Q5. Sport trim kicks the range off with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED head and tail lights, the 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit.

Above this model sits the S line. Carrying a £2,550 premium over the Sport, it gains 19-inch wheels, Matrix LED lights with scrolling indicators, privacy glass, sports seats and a sportier suspension tune. 

Among a long list of extras, the top spec Vorsprung gets 21-inch alloy wheels, the OLED taillights, a panoramic roof, a suite of extra safety systems and a black styling pack for the exterior trim. At £61,845 it costs over £15,000 more than the S line.

A Vorsprung trim is also offered on the flagship SQ5 Sportback. The extras fall largely in line with those of the regular Q5 Sportback Vorsprung, and in this configuration it costs £69,730.

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