2021 Audi Q5 Sportback

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2021 Audi Q5 Sportback Review: Suave Urban Cruiser

by Aiden Eksteen

The coupe-fashioned SUV body style is still relatively new in the USA but, as Mercedes-Benz and BMW have demonstrated with the GLC-Class Coupe and X4, respectively, there's plenty of potential for the all-new 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback to quickly climb the sales charts. Beneath its hood is a polished 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that's been finely augmented with a mild-hybrid electrical system resulting in overall outputs of 261 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. With this powertrain, Audi claims the Q5 Sportback will launch from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds from off the line and, while it's not the most performance-focused and engaging car out there, it's still very pleasant to drive and highly proficient. These qualities, along with its 4,400-pound maximum towing capacity, make the 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback both enjoyable and pragmatic, and if its all-rounder qualities don't intrigue you, then its high-value pricing certainly will.

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2021 Audi Q5 Sportback Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 Audi Q5 Sportback?

The Q5 Sportback is a brand-new, second-generation model introduced for 2021, but it benefits from the latest updates to the Q5 family, which include a thinner and broader octagonal singleframe grille and standard LED headlights and DRLs. The upgraded 10.1-inch infotainment display serves as the focal point of the dashboard and is connected to the all-new MIB 3 infotainment system. The 2.0-liter TFSI motor receives a power bump of 13 hp over last year. The Q5 model line also gets a full suite of newly standard driver-assistance tech, including side assist, lane departure warning, and rear cross-traffic assist. The new Sportback differs from the regular Q5 by coming standard with 19-inch wheels and an S line exterior. We review the Audi SQ5 Sportback separately from this model.

Pros and Cons

  • Strapping powertrain
  • Surprisingly pragmatic
  • Exquisite cabin quality
  • Exemplary safety rating
  • Relatively affordable
  • Not the most entertaining vehicle in its class
  • The regular Q5 is more affordable and practical
  • The coupe-like rear-end styling can be polarizing

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2021 Audi Q5 Sportback Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Prestige 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
Premium Plus 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
Premium 45 TFSI quattro
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
7-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2021 Q5 Sportback Exterior

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  • Length 184.6 in
  • Wheelbase 111.0 in
  • Height 65.4 in
  • Max Width 74.5 in
  • Front Width 63.6 in
  • Rear Width 63.3 in
  • Curb Weight 3,913.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • District Green Metallic +$595
  • Florett Silver Metallic +$595
  • Glacier White Metallic +$595
  • Mythos Black Metallic +$595
  • Daytona Gray Pearl Effect +$595
  • Ultra Blue Metallic +$595
  • Ibis White

2021 Q5 Sportback Performance

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2021 Audi Q5 Sportback Wheel Audi

Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    7-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrain

2021 Q5 Sportback Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.0 in
  • Front Head Room 41.7 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.8 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.3 in

2021 Q5 Sportback Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 Q5 Sportback Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback A Good SUV?

If the coupe crossover design appeals to you and you're an Audi fan, then the Q5 Sportback is an exceptional choice as a design-alternative to the polished and capable Q5 SUV. The engine augmented with the MHEV system delivers plenty of punch and its responses are always precise and silky smooth. Though it does ride slightly firmer than the regular Q5, it's still a very comfortable cruiser and runabout. Unfortunately, it doesn't return the best fuel economy figures, but it's not too far off from its compact 5-door competitors. You'll have to aim for the mid-spec Premium Plus trim to get most of the more desirable Audi tech, but even the base model offers plenty of value for the money - the entry-spec 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback SUV's price coming in at $47,800. With the NHTSA's and the IIHS's consummate review of the 2021 Audi Q5 Sportback and its high reliability expectations, it's undeniable that the coupe-crossover is a brilliant vehicle.

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