Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI

Audi’s first-ever Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback will be on sale in Australia from August.

All feature S line exterior styling, including honeycomb pattern grille, trapezoidal front bumper design with matt aluminium inserts, S line rear spoiler and diffuser with selenite silver trim, as well as S line badging.

Two 20-inch alloy wheel designs are standard: 5-arm design and Audi Sport 5-V-spoke design on the TDI and TFSI models respectively.
Styling wise, the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI has vertical brackets which give structure to the large side air inlets on the front bumper. Filigree bars connect large octagonal honeycombs with each other in the Singleframe grille. The rear bumper integrates bracket in matte aluminium. The diffuser insert and four chrome-plated oval tailpipe trims are there to make a statement.

Audi Q5 Sportback

The Q5 Sportback line-up consists of two models: the 40 TDI quattro S line and the 45 TFSI quattro S line.

The Q5 40 TDI four-cylinder turbo-diesel has peak power of 150kW and 400Nm of torque. The Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine has 183kW and 370Nm of torque.

The sporty SQ5 Sportback TDI uses a 3.0-litre V6 engine with outputs of 251 kW and 700 Nm of torque. The torque is there from 1,750 rpm to 3,250 rpm. It accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h by way of a fast-shifting eight-speed tiptronic transmission and Audi quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

The self-locking centre differential sends 40 percent of the torque to the front axle and 60 percent to the rear in normal driving conditions. Up to 85 percent can be directed to the rear wheels if the road conditions demand it.

Audi SQ5 Sportback

On the safety front the Audi Q5 Sportback range has eight airbags. Active safety features offered include Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, attention assist to keep inattentive drivers out of trouble, side assist, active lane assist (with lane change warning), exit warning, and cross traffic assist rear.

Nine body colours are available on the new Audi Q5, as well as a variety of interior colour schemes – depending on the model.

Audi Q5 Sportback

The Audi Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback TDI are manufactured at the Audi San José Chiapa site in Mexico. This derives 100 per cent of its power from renewable energy resources, generated by a photovoltaic plant in Chihuahua, Mexico.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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