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Audi Q5 Sportback (2nd, FY) Review Rundown

AudiPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Rakishly styled styling
  • Lots of petrol and diesel engines
  • Good standard equipment
Cons**
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

Audi Q5 Sportback borrows the front end styling of its long-established sibling and mates it with a new liftback style rear end. The sloping nature of the roof reduces rear head room, while the angled tailgate robs 10 litres of boot space underneath the cargo cover.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 55%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
Confirmed so far is only a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with 201bhp, badged 40 TDI – the model that’s expected to account of the majority of British sales. It features a new twin-dosing exhaust with two catalytic converters and an Adblue injection system that are together claimed to dramatically reduce NOx emissions. The steering, while quite direct in its action, has a synthetic feel and is light in weight.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful engines
  • Good ride quality
  • Decent handling
Cons[**]
  • Lack of standard equipment

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 54%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
This latest shiny new SUV 'thing' is a quiet, smooth, swift, precise, assured, luxurious modern Audi. The Q5 Sportback is every bit as plush- and luxurious-feeling as the cabin. Chassis response, handling balance and body control are of the sort that make for cast-iron stability and composure at speed, but not for a sense of agility or particular cornering poise.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek new looks
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autocar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
-rear drive split of 40:60, although Audi says up to 70% of drive can be transferred to the front or 85% to the rear, depending on prevailing traction. There’s an ABS-based torque-control system across the axles; it brakes a wheel that lacks for grip and/or traction and redirects drive to the one with greater purchase. The control of body movement is particularly good, thanks to the adaptive qualities of the dampers and general tuning of suspension. Sadly, the variable-rate steering, while nicely weighted, lacks for vital feedback.
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Pros[**]
  • Relaxing ride
  • Impressive torque and low-revving performance
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Slightly sloping rear seats
  • Variable-rate steering lacks vital feedback

autocar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 63%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
Forged steel pistons have replaced the outgoing car's aluminium ones. The mild-hybrid system’s electric compressor has also been improved to provide more torque fill while the turbocharger spools up. Overall power is slightly down from the old car's at 336bhp. But the mammoth 516lb ft of torque is now accessible across much more of the rev range - and peak power arrives earlier.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Noisy exhaust note

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
Audi Q5 Sportback is the latest model to join the Q5 line-up. The cabin is identical to the standard Q5, with the exception of the touchscreen infotainment system. The new roof line has compromised headroom, but only the very tallest passengers will notice the 17mm height reduction. From launch there will be a choice of one petrol and one diesel, with two plug-in hybrids and the high performance SQ5 TDI.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Class-leading standard equipment
  • Excellent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Alternatives are more fun to drive
  • More expensive than the standard Q5

carmagazine[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 58%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The new Q5 Sportback is a pleasantly homogenous, accessible and interactive piece of kit. Supportive, Yes. Schoolmasterly, No. Dynamically, the four rings are right up there with the blue-and-white roundel and the three-pointed star, but ticking all the relevant boxes is going to cost you. The petrol-fed SQ5 offered in the US is unfortunately not an option for Europe.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Comfortable ride
Cons[**]
  • No PHEV option in the US

carwow[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from carwow have found the following[***]:
The new Audi Q5 Sportback is an SUV for people who don't want to look like they've bought an SUV, so it has a seriously rakish profile, like the BMW X4. It's Audi's third coupe-styled SUV after the Q3 Sportback and Q8. From the front, it only looks subtly different to the standard Q5. But you'll see a much bigger difference from the side. The new car will go on sale first with a pair of 2.0-litre engines – a 204hp 40 TFSI petrol and 204 horsepower 40 TDI diesel.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Sleek looks
  • Improved infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • More expensive than the standard Q5

References

1. ^ Audi Q5 Sportback review . autocar. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
2. ^ Audi Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro 2021 UK review. autocar. 2021-04-07 Retrieved 2021-04-15.
3. ^ Audi SQ5 Sportback review . autocar. Retrieved 2021-11-08.
4. ^ Audi SQ5 TDI 2021 UK review. autocar. 2021-08-02 Retrieved 2021-08-17.
5. ^ New Audi Q5 Sportback 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-04-06 Retrieved 2021-04-07.
6. ^ Audi Q5 Sportback (2021) review: know your place. carmagazine. 2021-01-25 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Audi Q5 Sportback Review. carwow. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.
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