Audi launches first ever Q5 and SQ5 Sportback

Audi adds Q5 and SQ5 Sportback to SUV line up

Reuben Van Niekerk
Audi SQ5
Q5 Sportback
Audi Sportback

Following in the footsteps of the Q3 Sportback and e-tron Sportback, Audi have launched its third crossover vehicle, the Q5 Sportback.


Audi believes that this model will appeal to customers who appreciate expressive design and technical innovation as well as a sporty character and high level of everyday usability.


Powerful presence

A powerful presence typical of Q models from Audi has been created by large air inlets that flank the octagonal single frame grille. The headlights with their distinctive daytime running light signature feature LEDs as standard or Matrix LED technology as an option. A continuous, elegantly sweeping shoulder line places emphasis on the wheels. At the rear a starkly sloped window and seemingly high-mounted rear bumper create a dynamic and powerful appearance.


OLED technology now available

The rear lights can be specified with Audi’s OLED technology. Each light is made up of three organic LEDs, which emit an especially homogenous red light and is divided into six elements that can be controlled individually.


Two rim lines

The Q5 Sportback will be offered in Advanced and S line exterior trim, which features differences in the grille, side air inlets, rear bumper as well as the wheel size and design.


Inside story

With its horizontal lines, the interior is clean and airy. A wide selection of colours and upholstery materials are available, including sports seats and Nappa leather.


The luggage compartment boasts a volume of 510 litres, which can be increased to 1480 litres when the rear seats are folded down.


Digital and intuitive

System controls, displays and infotainment are taken care of by the third generation modular infotainment system. When equipped with the optional Technology package, the Audi virtual cockpit plus with 12.3-inch display, the MMI navigation plus and Audi connect infotainment services offer integrated convenience and connectivity.


The Audi Q5 Sportback is equipped with numerous driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control combined with active lane assist. The City Assistance package is an attractive combination of assistance systems including lane change warning, exit warning, cross traffic assist at the rear and a rear view camera.


Under the bonnet

The Audi Q5 Sportback has been launched with two engine versions. The 2.0 TDI does duty in the Q5 Sportback 40TDI Quattro and produces 140kW and 400Nm.


The Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI is equipped with a 2.0TFSI, four-cylinder, petrol engine that produces 183kW and 370Nm of torque. This allows for the completion of the 0-100km/h sprint in just 6.3 seconds.


Both engines utilise a seven-speed S-tronic gearbox and Quattro drive with ultra-technology to transfer this power into forward momentum. As standard the Q5 is available with sport suspension, while adaptive air suspension is also available.


Sporty top of the range model

Spearheading the range is the Audi SQ5 Sportback TFSI, fitted with a three-litre petrol engine that offers 260kW and 500Nm allowing acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 4.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 250km/h. A fast and smooth shifting eight-speed tiptronic gearbox along with Quattro permanent all-wheel drive transfers torque variably as needed between the front and rear axles.


Distinctive details differentiate the SQ5 Sportback from regular models. Large side air inlets in the front bumper as well as large octagonal honeycombs in the single frame grille specify intent. Audi LED headlights are installed as standard, while Matrix LED headlights with automatic high beam and dynamic turn signals are available as an option. The rear bumper features a matte aluminium bracket above the diffuser insert and chrome plated oval tail pipes. The interior is finished in black or dark grey colours and there is a choice of three upholstery options for the electrically adjustable sport seats with embossed S logos.


Pricing and availability

The Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback are now available in South Africa:


Audi Q5 Sportback 40 TDI quattro Advanced 

R960 000

Audi Q5 Sportback 40 TDI quattro S line

R1 000 000

Audi Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro S line

R1 050 000

Audi SQ5 Sportback TFSI quattro

R 1 355 000


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