I haven’t been a big fan of Sportback SUVs because, well, they are always so much more expensive than the standard model, not to mention less practical. They don’t make a huge amount of sense to me. I said this even about the Audi Q3 Sportback, which, despite my confusion about them, has managed to sell brilliantly. In fact, for every standard Q3 sold, a Sportback version is also sold. So I am clearly on my own in these thoughts. But, I am so happy to report that the Q5 Sportback, although a tad more pricey, is not too bad on the practical front and remains one of the best SUVs to buy.
A Sportback is all about the style and image, and Audi has managed to ensure that the Q5 Sportback is all kinds of good looking. Typical of Q models, the it sports large air inlets that flank the octagonal Singleframe. The headlights with their distinctive daytime running light signature feature LED as standard or Matrix LED technology as optional. The continuous, elegantly sweeping shoulder line emphasises the wheels and with them the quattro all-wheel drive. And the starkly sloped rear window and the seemingly high-mounted rear bumper give the Q5 Sportback a dynamic and powerful appearance.
There are two trim levels available, namely Advanced and S Line. The difference lie in the Singleframe, the side air inlets and in particular the rear bumper as well as the wheel size and design. There are 11 paint finishes and a variety of trims for the add-on parts to choose from, including the black styling package and both full and contrasting paint finishes.
Because I am all about practicality in an SUV, it is, after all, a family car, let’s take a look at how this Sportback remains as practical as the standard model. For starters, it is seven millimetres longer than the standard model. It is the same height and width. It is thanks to the long wheelbase of 2.82-metres that the interior is as roomy as it is. The luggage compartment has a volume of 510-litres, which increases to 1480-litres when loaded to the roof and with the rear seats folded down. With the 40 TDI (140kW, 2.0 TDI) engine, it can tow trailers with a total weight of up to 2.4-metric tons (braked, 12% gradient). Roof rails are available as standard and hill descent control ensures safety when driving on steep slopes.
POWER TO IT
There is a 2.0-litre turbopetrol and turbodiesel engine on offer. But if it is real crazy performance you are after, you can opt for the SQ5 which boasts a 3.0-litre V6 engine under the bonnet giving you 260kW and 500Nm. It will get you to 100km/h in just 4.9-seconds. That is always fun with family in the car, not!
• Q5 Sportback 40 TDI quattro Advanced – R960 000
• Q5 Sportback 40 TDI quattro S line – R1 000 000
• Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro S line – R1 050 000
• SQ5 Sportback TFSI quattro – R1 355 000