Audi Q5 Sportback (2nd, FY) Review Rundown
Audi | Published on 22 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 15 Apr 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer
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.
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The new Q5 Sportback is produced at Audi's newest manufacturing plant, in Mexico. Borrows the front end styling of its long-established sibling and mates it with a new liftback style rear end that features a large, clamshell-style tailgate. 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 new Q5 Sportback is a sleeker, better-looking version of the Q5. It has the usual plunging roofline, slightly bigger grille, bolder ‘implied air intakes’ and better-defined surfacing features than the regular SUV. From June this year, when UK deliveries start, you'll be able to get one with a choice of mild-hybrid four-cylinder petrol or diesel engines.
The SQ5 Sportback heads a whole new model line-up from Audi, bringing with it the same mild-hybrid diesel drivetrain and other key mechanical components. Conceived to rival the likes of the BMW X4 M40d and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé in a growing market segment for what Audi likes to describe as “performance-related crossover utility vehicles” The new Mexican-built SUV forgoes the upright rear of the SQ5 for an arguably more stylish arrangement, with a coupé-like look.
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Q5 Sportback is the second of the brand's SUVs to take the Sportback name. The Q5 variant gets a coupe-inspired profile to set it apart from the regular model. Boot space has dropped by 40 litres compared with the regular Q5, but still stands at a vast 510 litres. Despite precise steering, strong grip and a neutral balance, the Q5 isn't particularly fun.
Reviewers from Carmagazine have found the following[***]:
Audi claims that there isn't any in terms of luggage space, performance and fuel economy. The Q5 interior is still very well made, tastefully furnished and properly equipped. The 40 TDI engine is thrifty, torquey enough and completely coddled in soundproofing. The 45 TFSI adds a sporting edge and some potent punch.
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.
- 1. ^ Audi Q5 Sportback 40 TDI 2021 review. Autocar. 2021-01-25. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 2. ^ Audi Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro 2021 UK review. Autocar. 2021-04-07. Retrieved 2021-04-15.
- 3. ^ Audi SQ5 Sportback 2021 review. Autocar. 2021-01-25. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 4. ^ New Audi Q5 Sportback 2021 review. Autoexpress. 2021-04-06. Retrieved 2021-04-07.
- 5. ^ Audi Q5 Sportback (2021) review: know your place. Carmagazine. 2021-01-25. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- 6. ^ Audi Q5 Sportback Review. Carwow. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
- *. 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.