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Audi Q5 and SQ5 Sportback Grace Aussie Shores

Details announced.

Audi SQ5 Sportback


  • Sportback models offer fresh styling for the Q5 and SQ5 models
  • Prices start at $77,000, range up to $110,900
  • Deliveries to begin in August

Audi Australia is preparing showrooms to take delivery of the new Q5 Sportback range ahead of its August arrival locally, joining the standard Q5 and SQ5 line-up.

The Sportback is underpinned by the same platform as the existing Q5 but features a sharper, more aggressive rear design, available in three trim options at a starting price of $77,700 before on-road costs.

Despite the angular back end, the Sportback only loses 10 litres of boot storage space over the normal Q5, now standing at 510 litres of space.

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While the Q5 Sportback range is mechanically identical to the regular Q5, the cosmetic changes have justified a price increase over the existing cars with the biggest jump coming for the SQ5, now $6000 more than the traditional five-door equivalent.

All prices are before on-road costs.

  • Q5 Sportback 40 TDI quattro S line – $77,000
  • Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro S line – $86,300
  • SQ5 Sportback TDI – $110,900

It’s worth noting, the S line trim isn’t available with the current Q5 apart from in the 50TDI, a variant which is a step down from the range-topping, $104,900 SQ5.

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SQ5 Interior


The 40 TDI quattro S line is the entry-level trim of the new Q5 Sportback range, providing a base on which the other two variants are modelled. It includes standard equipment such as:

  • Five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels
  • LED daytime running lights, OLED rear lights
  • Sports seats
  • Heated and folding mirrors with auto dim/dip
  • Aluminium trim inserts
  • Gloss black accent surfaces
  • S line door sills
  • Virtual cockpit
  • 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment screen with two simultaneous bluetooth connections, DAB+ radio
  • Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay
  • Wireless phone charging, four USB ports (two in rear)
  • Audi connect plus with online traffic, weather conditions, fuel prices, parking information, destination send-to-car and Google Maps
  • Service request and emergency call through MyAudi smartphone app

On top of this, the 45 TFSI quattro S line scores:

  • Audi Sport five-V-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Matrix LED daytime running lights
  • Diamond stitched Nappa leather upholstery with contrast stitching
  • Brushed matt aluminium inserts
  • Rear bench seat with ability to slide and recline

Finally, the top-of-the-range SQ5 TDI gains over the 45 TFSI:

  • Vertical brackets on front air inlets
  • Matrix LED headlights with automatic high beam, dynamic indicators
  • 21-inch turbine wheels
  • Adaptive damping
  • 19-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system
  • Ambient lighting quilted Nappa leather sports seats

All variants are available in a selection of nine exterior colours, with different combinations of interior trim also on offer.

Audi offers a Comfort Package for the 40 TDI and a Technik Package for the 40 TDI and 45 TFSI but has not yet revealed the details or pricing of what is included with these options.

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Engine, drivetrain and fuel economy

Mild-hybrid technology features across both Q5 engines, each fitted with 12-volt systems to assist with fuel economy and low-end torque.

The 40 TDI is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, making 150kW of power and 400Nm of torque. WLTP tested fuel consumption of 5.4L/100km means the 40 TDI can go over 1200km on a single, 70-litre tank of fuel, though obviously not at its top speed of 222km/h.

Petrol power is only available in the 45 TFSI, another 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit which develops 183kW and 370Nm from its mild-hybrid assisted engine. It’s claimed 0-100km/h sprint times are down to 6.3 seconds from the TDI’s 7.6 second marker.

As the range-topping variant, the SQ5 makes the most power and torque thanks to its 3.0-litre, V6 turbo-diesel engine which also features 48-volt mild-hybrid assistance. This bumps the figures up to 251kW and 700Nm, with peak torque available from 1750rpm.

A 0-100km/h time of 5.1 seconds is claimed for the SQ5, as is the WLTP tested fuel consumption figure of 7.1L/100km, while CO2 emissions stand at 186g/km.

Both Q5 variants are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, while the SQ5 delivers its power through an eight-speed torque-converter auto – all featuring Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

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Retaining the five-star ANCAP safety ratings of the Q5 and SQ5, the Sportback range benefits from a range of safety tech on-board to protect its occupants, including:

  • Eight airbags
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Attention assist
  • Side assist
  • Active lane assist (with lane change warning)
  • Exit warning
  • Hill descent control
  • Cross traffic assist rear
  • Hold assist
  • Park assist
  • Parking system plus with reversing camera
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • 360-degree cameras
  • Adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist (45 TFSI and SQ5)
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Warranty and servicing

The Q5 and SQ5 Sportback models are sold under Audi’s three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty in Australia, with five-year service plan packages available for both, setting buyers back $3140 for the Q5 and $3170 for SQ5.


Audi expects deliveries to begin for the Q5 and SQ5 Sportback in August this year.


13 JUL 2021