► Audi’s accepted mid-size SUV gets a auto version► OLED rear lighting adds drama, low roof removes amplitude – but not much► Appearing in aboriginal 2021, with a LWB adaptation for China
It fabricated faculty that the A4 breach into the A5 aback Audi bare to amend its two-door auto and convertible. It array of fabricated faculty that the aspirational attributes of a 4×4 angry the commensurable Q SUV to the A5 rather than the A4. Then the A5 got a five-door auto archetypal – the Sportback, authoritative it hardly added applied than an A4 anyway.
It shouldn’t be a abruptness at this date that the Q5 now has a Sportback version. We’re still cat-and-mouse for the two-door Q5 auto and Cabriolet, though…
Three. That’s including the e-Tron, which is absolutely electric, so the Q5 Sportback absolutely fits rather accurately into the ambit for buyers who artlessly charge accept a angled aback window. The added is the Q3 Sportback, which is arguably added adorable than the approved Q3 but does acquaint the abashing of its A3 Sportback affinity not absolutely actuality coupe-shaped..
One could additionally altercate that the Q8 avalanche into this category, but it doesn’t backpack the Sportback name.
In barter for a angled rear window and added ‘sporty’ attitude, you get a 7mm access in breadth for the 4.69 accent continued SUV. That’s the aberration amid afraid your cardinal abode on with band or application screws with artificial caps, so you can be forgiven for not spotting it. Despite the optics, the acme and amplitude are banausic – so there’s little abridgement in headroom. Spotting the Q5 Sportback from the advanced is fabricated a little easier by a new bore grille. What tou can’t see is the 0.30 Cd – a advantageous abridgement in drag.
Dimensions over a Q5 actuality fundamentally unchanged, the areas best acceptable to be impacted by the new bodystyle are still decidedly practical. Boot amplitude is 510 litres – accretion to 570 litres with the new alternative sliding rear bank positioned fully-forward – and best accommodation is 1480 litres.
That’s a bead of 70 litres from the added cocked Q5, itself one of the abate options in this segment. 40 of those litres accept been absent beneath the bindle shelf.
Curiously, this new blueprint does advance the Q5 Sportback may be the added adequate advantage for families with earlier children.
New for the Q5 Sportback, Audi’s blame the boundaries of rear-lighting afresh – well, everyone’s got some array of scrolling indicator now (Ford USA had it in the ’60s, but we’ll avoid that for now). OLED, or amoebic ablaze abounding diode, is added frequently associated with high-end TV and smartphone screens, but the allowances of strong, constant beam and addressable diodes accept been translated into multi-segment taillights that can affectation several ablaze signatures.
You can accept amid three designs, apparently, aback acclimation the car – and an added approach is provided for aback the car’s in Dynamic drive mode.
These lights additionally accept addition purpose; aback the car is stationary, the adjacency sensors use them to active cartage abaft aback it’s beneath than two metres away, anecdotic all the segments. Following a Q5 Sportback in a cartage jam is activity to be actual entertaining.
At atomic the disciplinarian of the Q5 won’t be abbreviate of ball – the Sportback gets the latest advances in Audi’s able adaptive cruise control, which uses cloud-sorced cartage abstracts maps and alley assurance acceptance to drive defensively and adumbrate routes and speeds for bigger adeptness and boilerplate speeds and improves lane-keeping.
Which is good, because the little touch-pad on the animate for authoritative the infotainment has vanished from the latest adaptation of MMI.
Based about MIB 3 (the modular infotainment system, not the film), the Q5 Sportback gets the aforementioned improvements fabricated to the approved A5 and Q5’s MMI – which agency touchscreen alternation on the 10.1 inch axial screen, articulation ascendancy and autography acceptance as able-bodied as affiliated casework and smartphone integration. The Virtual Cockpit is the latest 12.3 inch display; abundant of the dashboard architectonics and technology is aggregate with the Q5.
The abeyance uses Audi’s ‘Sports’ springs and bureaucracy rather than the accepted Q5 arrangement, blurred the car by 15mm and cutting responses. Otherwise the aforementioned basin of options exists – you can accept adaptive damping and coils, or air abeyance for the best administration and ride affection – additional the adeptness to accession the car by 45mm for clay roads, or lower the loading lip by 55mm for awkward loads. It additionally drops the car by 15mm at acceleration to advance adherence and economy.
Dynamic council is additionally an option, and admitting you can apparently assumption what the SQ5 Sportback will be like, we’re still acquisitive to see absolutely what Audi’s able for this GLC Auto rival.
Predictably, the Q5 Sportback gets the engines from the Q5, which agency a brace of four-cylinder, 2.0 litre options alms agent or petrol, anniversary with a best of two ability outputs. There’s additionally a V6 diesel, and an SQ5 has been confirmed, admitting that will be a agent for Europe and petrol for added markets.
There’s no chiral gearbox option, and there’s one front-wheel drive archetypal – the blow accept quattro all-wheel drive (depending on.powertrain, either automated abiding or on-demand).
If you’re annoyed of the tall, applied auto Q5, you’re activity to accept to delay a little best to see some Q5 Sportbacks – it’s set to access in aboriginal 2021.