Is it a coupe? Is it an SUV? Whatever it is, the new 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback is not very practical and it’ll cost you, but you’ll look good doing it…
Right, we really need to get into some number crunching in order to understand this new 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback.
Like every other coupe-SUV, this vehicle is designed to be largely impractical and expensive. That’s really hot right now, and Audi has taken to this recent trend with enthusiasm.
Even if it’s just a seven-millimetre difference, at 4.69 metres long the Q5 Sportback is longer than the regular Q5, and somehow despite its chic sloping roof the Sportback isn’t any lower than the Q5 either. So even though they’re of equal height the Sportback offers less room inside, which is where the genius is when it comes to coupe-SUVs. Less for more, that’s the winning formula. This means the Q5 Sportback has a cargo capacity of 510 litres, compared to the Q5’s 550 litres. Drop the seats and the numbers are 1,480 litres for the Sportback versus the regular Q5’s 1,550 litres.
Now here are some more favourable numbers: the Q5 Sportback will be offered in four trim levels including Edition One for the model’s launch next year; the coefficient of drag is lower at 0.30; the split dash is dominated by the 10.1-inch touchscreen (no rotary dial) while the driver’s display is a 12.3-inch unit; an optional Bang & Olufsen sound system includes 19 speakers; an entry-level Q5 Sportback 40 TFSI packs a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivering 200 horsepower and all models get all-wheel drive; adaptive air suspicion can raise or lower the car by 60mm; an SQ5 Sportback model is part of the line-up but it’s powered by a 340 horsepower diesel V6…
With its suite of assistive features the car can do some light driving duties by itself, with predictive software that can read the topography of the road, speed limits, and other drivers up ahead. It’s pretty loaded when it comes to safety and tech. Every model gets an eight-speed twin-clutch transmission, available with an efficiency assistant feature to automatically adjust progress and help in fuel consumption by up to 10 percent.
For many none of this even matters. The only thing buyers of coupe-SUVs care about is precisely the impracticality of the things, because looking good isn’t free.