By definition, coupes are two-door vehicles with no center pillar. However, the meaning has changed over the years, and just about anything with a rakish rear windshield could pass for a coupe these days. It doesn't even need to have two doors anymore. The most blatant violator of that definition? That would be coupe-crossovers.
These high-riding liftbacks have a central pillar and have more than two doors, but automakers still keep calling them coupes. Some of them have raised eyebrows with their love or hate designs, but you can't level that same criticism with the 2021 Q5 Sportback. We think Audi nailed it with this sleek Q5, and they didn't even outright call it a coupe.
Whereas most coupe-crossover have a bit of a “trunk” at the back, Audi avoided that trend. We think it's for the best because the effect is a rakish and sharp-looking crossover rather than a crossover trying hard to be a coupe. Also, that tailgate is reminiscent of old Audi station wagons from the '80s. Sure, the slated roof makes it a lot less practical than the standard Q5, but it's still relatively practical. It's still a crossover, after all.
To accommodate the swept-back roof, Audi had to change the rear doors. It follows the steeper slope of the roof. Also, the third window is now triangular instead of rectangular to keep in tune with the whole Sportback theme. Last but not least is the roof spoiler, which complements the small lip on the tailgate.
But before we get carried over with the look of the back, let's take a look at the rest of the car. The Q5 Sportback still looks much like the standard model from the front. There's the slim headlights and wide grille which Audi calls the Singleframe. Even the foglight housings are the same as the standard Q5, not that it's a bad thing. As for the interior, it's largely carried over from the non-Sportback model.
Now, for the engines and it's no surprise that the Q5 Sportback shares the same engines from other Audi models. There's the 2.0-liter mild-hybrid that makes 265 PS and 370 Nm of torque that serves as the base gas engine. For those who want more power, there's also the 3.0-liter turbo V6, and that one puts out 353 PS and 500 Nm of torque. Quattro all-wheel-drive is standard for the boosted six-cylinder option.
Since Audi Philippines offers the Sportback models locally, there is a strong possibility of the Q5 Sportback landing here. There is no definite launch date for now, but don't expect it to be here by the first half of 2021.