Audi Q5 family gains an SQ5 TDI version

Marco Green
November 28, 2020

Audi is launching the new 2021 Q5 Sportback in Europe, aiming to bring the fight directly on rivals like the BMW X4 and the GLC Coupe.

Helping the mill meet stringent European "Euro-6d" emissions regulations is a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, which can recover up to 8kW of power under deceleration, coast for up to 40 seconds with the engine switched off thanks to a belt-driven starter-alternator, and an electric compressor that spools up the turbocharger at low speeds when exhaust gases are insufficient.

New components include more efficient forged steel pistons, injector piezo sensors for greater precision, a more effective water-to-air intercooler mounted between the cylinder banks, and a smaller and lighter turbocharger compressor wheel for less lag. 0-62 miles per hour (100 km/h) is a matter of 5.1 seconds while top speed is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour (250 km/h).

Audi claims a 5.1-second dash from zero to 100km/h, towards a 250km/h electronically-limited top speed - identical figures to the SQ5 "wagon".

Audi will also offer the option of an adaptive air suspension to customers as an alternative to the standard setup with adaptive dampers. The auto comes with 20-inch alloy wheels as standard (21s optional) that hide six-piston brake callipers and 375 mm discs at the front.

Beyond that, the SQ5 Sportback is very similar to the standard Q5, although it comes with the S line look as standard. The standard car's matrix LED headlights and OLED tail-lights can be optioned. The automaker offers three upholstery options for the electrically-adjustable sport seats, which also features embossed S logos.

The distinctive details that help the Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI look different from the other variants in the lineup can be observed inside and out.

When will the 2021 Audi SQ5 Sportback TDI come to Australia?

Audi is now accepting orders for the new 2021 Q5 Sportback and SQ5 Sportback models, with the first examples expected to be delivered in the first half of 2021.

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