It’s the first time a second body type has been offered on the firm’s popular mid-size Q5, and it joins recent new Sportback variants of the small Q3 and electric e-tron models as the firm looks to expand its SUV range.
Based on the recently updated Q5, the model benefits from the bold new front end of that car, its updated 10.1-inch media system and new OLED lighting technology that allows customers to configure the design signature on their cars. But it’s from the middle of the car onwards where things change – notably with the Sportback’s sloping roofline.
Unsurprisingly it isn’t quite as spacious as the regular car, with boot space reducing from 550 litres to 510 litres, though it should still prove roomy enough for most.
At launch buyers will be able to choose from two 201bhp 2.0-litre petrol engines – the diesel 40 TDI and petrol 40 TFSI, both of which come with a seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission. There is also the sporty SQ5 variant, which kicks out 342bhp from its 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, while all derivatives feature a fuel-saving mild-hybrid system.
A choice of trim levels are available, including Sport, S line, Edition One and Vorsprung. All models come with an electric boot, 12.3-inch digital dials system and a 10.1-inch touchscreen. S line adds Matrix LED headlights and sports seats, with Edition One versions gaining leather upholstery and a black styling kit. At the top of the range the Vorsprung comes with a panoramic sunroof and Bang & Olusfen sound system.
The Q5 Sportback is set to arrive in showrooms in Spring next year. Prices are yet to be announced, but expect a slight increase on the standard Q5’s £43,625 starting price.