Audi readies to unleash the all-new Q5 Sportback in Australia

by James Wilkinson

Audi Australia is preparing for the arrival of the first-ever Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback vehicles in August.

Audi Australia Managing Director, Paul Sansom, said the third crossover utility vehicle (CUV) in the Audi range, the Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback are coupes with “dynamic lines that appeal to customers who not only appreciate expressive design and technical innovation, but also sporty character and outstanding everyday utility”.

“The highly successful 5-door Sportback body style has met a perfect match in the extraordinarily popular Q5 SUV,” he said.

“We have had very high levels of customer interest in the Q5 Sportback range since it was first unveiled last year, and we’re pleased to now be delivering on its promise. The Q5 Sportback looks set to begin a successful new era for the Q5 range,” he said.

Topping the range is the SQ5 Sportback TDI, which boasts a 3.0-litre V6 engine with 48v MHEV system and Electric Powered Compressor (EPC), producing an output of 251 kW and 700 Nm of torque.

The 3.0 TDI accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

Thanks to the efficiency gains provided by the MHEV system, fuel consumption is 7.1 litres per 100km, with CO2 emissions 186 g/km.

Despite its sleek roofline, the luggage compartment of the Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback can accommodate up to 510 litres – just 10 litres less than the SUV bodystyle – while also offering substantial headroom for all occupants.

The SQ5 Sportback TDI also features the same exceptionally high level of specification as the recently introduced SQ5 TDI, with the exception of a dynamic new 21-inch turbine wheel design.