Welcome to the latest on the growing list of SUV-coupes, the Audi Q5 Sportback. Which follows last year’s release of the e-tron Sportback and the Q3 Sportback, and the industry’s recent trend for coupe-ifying literally everything.
Looking much the same as its standard SUV sibling, the Sportback is ever so slightly longer—7mm—yet has an identical drag coefficient of 0.30, with height and width also the same. Which all rather raises the question, what’s the point?
Still. The rear cargo compartment is 40 liters smaller than that of the Q5, at 510 liters (1,480 liters with the rear seats folded down), while the optional rear-seat bench, which can be shifted laterally and has adjustable seat back angles, increases this to 570 liters.
Unsurprisingly, the Q5 Sportback also borrows much of the technology found in the Q5, including those fancy OLED taillights featuring three unique designs, plus Audi’s latest MMI infotainment system paired with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, and an optional 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit. As always, expect Audi’s regular suite of safety and driver-assist systems, too.
The Sportback does, however, feature sports suspension as standard, while optional adaptive air suspension enables ground clearance to be increased by as much as 45mm. At higher speeds, the body is automatically lowered 15mm for greater efficiency and handling, plus pressing a button in the rear cargo area lowers the rear axle by 55mm for easier loading. Clever.
In terms of engines, the model will be launched with—similarly to the recently facelifted Q5—a 201hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine offering 400Nm of torque, a seven-speed gearbox, plus ‘twin-dosing’ tech to significantly cut NOx emissions.
Other engines—including four-cylinder gasoline units, a V6 diesel, a couple of plug-in hybrids, and an SQ5 Sportback—will join the line-up later. No news of an RS yet, but given there’s an RS Q3 Sportback, don’t rule it out.
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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.