Audi Q5 Sportback and the SQ5 Sportback TDI

Audi Q5 Sportback. Following the Q3 Sportback and the e-tron Sportback, Audi now presents its third crossover utility vehicle, or CUV: the Q5 Sportback. This coupé with dynamic lines addresses customers who appreciate not just an expressive design and technical innovation but also a sporty character and a high level of everyday usability.

Topping the line is the SQ5 Sportback TDI. Its three-litre TDI offers concentrated power of 251 kW and 700 Nm of torque.

  • The new SUV coupé captivates with its powerful and progressive design
  • Tremendous variability and high everyday utility, towing capacity of up to 2.4 metric tons
  • New light generation: rear lights with digital OLED technology
  • SQ5 Sportback TDI top-of-the-range model with output of 251 kW and 700 Nm of torque

Australian information

The Q5 Sportback and the SQ5 Sportback TDI roll off the assembly line at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico and the first vehicles are expected to arrive in Australia in the second-half of 2021. Further information on the local model range, pricing and specification details will be announced closer to launch.

Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI

New light generation

The Audi Q5 Sportback design has large air inlets that flank the octagonal Singleframe. The headlights with their distinctive daytime running light signature feature LED or optional Matrix LED technology.

Audi offers the rear lights featuring innovative digital OLED technology upon request. Each light includes three organic light-emitting diodes, which radiate an especially homogeneous red light. Each LED is divided into six segments, which can be controlled individually.

Customers can select from three rear light signatures when ordering their vehicle, each of which includes a dynamic coming and leaving home lighting scenario. An additional sporty graphic is displayed when “dynamic” mode is chosen in the Audi drive select system. If another vehicle approaches the stationary Q5 Sportback from the rear to within less than two metres, all OLED segments illuminate, providing proximity detection.

Audi Q5 Sportback.

Large selection: colours and materials

Audi offers the new crossover utility vehicle in the “advanced” and “S line” exterior lines.

There are 12 paint finishes and a variety of trims for the add-on parts to choose from.

The long wheelbase of 2.82 metres provides ample room on board. With its horizontal lines, the interior is clean and airy. The “design selection” and “S line” interior lines each give it an even more elegant or sporty appearance.

They come in a wide selection of colours and upholstery materials, including top-quality fine Nappa leather. The “design selection” line includes the ambient lighting package plus – its lighting effects subtly bring out the typical Audi manufacturing finish.

Flexible space configuration: rear seat bench plus

Audi also offers the newest member of the family with the optional rear seat bench plus, which can be shifted laterally and has adjustable seat back angles. This expands the volume of the luggage compartment in the base configuration by up to 60 l – on the other hand, it offers enhanced comfort for the rear-seat passengers when the seat back and seating surface are set all the way back.

The storage and luggage compartment package is also available as an option. A power tailgate is standard. In combination with the optional convenience key, it can be opened with a simple foot gesture.

With its 150 kW 2.0 TDI engine, it can tow trailers with a total weight of up to 2.4 metric tons (braked, 12 percent gradient). Roof rails are available as an option. Hill descent control ensures safety when driving on steep slopes.

Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI

More ground clearance off-road: the adaptive air suspension

Thanks to its tight setup, the standard sport suspension offers direct contact with the road. Audi also offers an alternative suspension with controlled dampers or the versatile and comfortable adaptive air suspension. It adjusts the ride height over a wide range of 60 mm. The ground clearance can be increased by as much as 45 mm when driving on unpaved roads, while the body is lowered by 15 mm when driving fast. This reduces drag while increasing efficiency at the same time.

The vehicle’s stability also benefits from its low centre of gravity. For convenient loading, the rear body can be lowered 55 mm when the vehicle is stationary.

The optional dynamic steering varies the steering ratio and power assist as a function of the driving speed. A direct ratio and greater power assistance makes the car easy to handle when driving slowly, while at higher speeds the more indirect ratio has a positive effect on straight-line stability. The wheel diameters range from 18 to 21 inches, while there is a choice of no fewer than 21 wheel designs.

The engine range at launch: two TDI engines and one TFSI

The Audi Q5 Sportback will be launched on the market in Europe with three engine versions – two TDI engines and one TFSI. Their power output ranges from 150 kW to 210 kW. All the engines come in under the thresholds set in the new Euro 6d ISC-FCM AP emission standard, which places strict limits on nitrogen oxide emissions in road tests.They are matched to either seven or eight speed S tronic transmission’s and Quatro drive.

  • 2.0 TDI engine is responsible for propulsion in the Q5 Sportback 40 TDI quattro. It produces 150 kW and 400 Nm of torque, and accelerates the large CUV from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 222 km/h. A seven-speed S tronic and the efficient quattro drive with ultra technology provide the power transmission for the four-cylinder diesel engine.
  • The Audi Q5 Sportback 50 TDI quattro offers even more power and torque: This model offers 210 kW and 620 Nm – enough for a standard sprint in 5.7 seconds and maximum speed of 240 km/h. The eight-speed tiptronic goes through the gears smoothly and swiftly; the quattro permanent all-wheel drive uses a mechanical centre differential.
  • Audi Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and takes it to a top speed of 240 km/h. The petrol engine produces 195 kW and 370 Nm of torque. Like the two-litre TDI, it uses a 12 V mild hybrid system, the seven-speed S tronic transmission, and the quattro drive with ultra technology.

Sporty top-of-the-range model: the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI

  • At the forefront of the range is the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI. Its cultivated three-litre diesel engine produces an output of 251 kW, the powerful torque of 700 Nm is constantly available from 1,750 rpm to 3,250 rpm. An actuator in the exhaust system lends the sound tone and richness. Performance: 0 to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited).

Audi Q5 Sportback.

Digital and intuitive: controls and connectivity

For the controls, displays and infotainment, the Q5 Sportback takes over for the Q5 the third-generation modular infotainment system or MIB 3. When fully equipped, the digital Audi virtual cockpit plus with 12.3-inch display and a head-up display are also on board. The multifunction steering wheel plus enables the safe and simple operation of the most important functions and displays.

The MMI navigation plus infotainment system is paired with a 10.1-inch touch display. Its natural language voice control uses the knowledge of the cloud and can be activated by saying “Hey Audi.”

Many vehicle settings can be stored in individual user profiles and saved on the myAudi customer portal in the cloud. Some online services from the broad portfolio of Audi connect use the swarm intelligence of the Audi fleet for functions that include alerting drivers to hazards.

The myAudi app tightly connects the car with the customer’s smartphone. Optional hardware modules such as the Audi phone box or the Bang & Olufsen 3D Premium Sound System supplement the infotainment system.

Helpful and efficient: the driver assist systems

The Audi Q5 Sportback is equipped with numerous driver assist systems. The adaptive cruise assist can take over accelerating, decelerating and keeping in lane for the driver in many situations. The driver only has to touch the capacitive steering wheel to maintain lateral guidance. A second high-tech system is the predictive efficiency assist, which supports a predictive driving style. The turn assist, the swerve assist, the cross-traffic assist and exit warning systems also enhance safety. The standard Audi pre sense city system helps to avoid or mitigate the consequences of collisions with road users in front of the car.

Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI

Supreme precision: the suspension

The suspension of the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI is able to handle the performance of the powerful diesel drive with supreme ease. Five-link suspensions direct each of the four wheels. 20-inch wheels with 255/45 tyres are standard, but 21-inch wheels from Audi or Audi Sport GmbH are available as an alternative. Six-piston brake callipers made of aluminium and brake disks with a diameter of 375 mm are mounted on the front axle. The S sport suspension with damper control lowers the body by 30 mm compared with the Q5 Sportback and offers an especially wide spread between comfort and dynamism.

Along with the optional sport differential, engine, steering and the automatic transmission, the controlled dampers are integrated in the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system, which allows the driver to manage the character of these systems via six profiles. A seventh profile (allroad) is added if the adaptive air suspension with S-specific tuning is on board – the air suspension adapts the body’s ride height to the driving situation at the time. Dynamic steering is another optional module.

 

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive.

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