Audi is aware of that a few of its clients can pay a bit extra for a classy fastback spinoff of lots of its fashions. And the most recent one to get that therapy is the Q5 Sportback SUV, seen right here in sporty SQ5 kind. [credit: Jonathan Gitlin ]
After I reviewed the Audi Q7 SUV a couple of years in the past, I mentioned it felt like Darth Vader’s employees automobile. That makes this Audi SQ5 Sportback a fairly good contender to be Kylo Ren’s journey—youthful, extra athletic, and seeking to make an announcement. The 2 automobiles share the identical weak point, too. Not a lot a thirst for energy as only a thirst, and one which simply makes you notice how significantly better the automobile can be with an electrical powertrain as a substitute.
That Audi would apply the Sportback therapy to the Q5 SUV was a foregone conclusion; the corporate is aware of nicely that a few of its clients will commerce that remaining ounce of practicality in favor of a sloping fastback. On this case, taking a hatchet to the hatchback SQ5 provides a $4,200 premium; the SQ5 Sportback begins at $56,100.
That cash buys a handsome SUV. BMW arguably began the development of fastback SUVs with the unique X6 in 2008, and the development has taken maintain to the purpose the place even Porsche will cost you extra for a barely much less capacious however extra elegant rear finish on a Cayenne. On this case, I feel Marc Lichte’s workforce at Audi has put in one among their finest efforts but. The SQ5 shouldn’t be an enormous SUV to start with, and the cutaway fastback visually shrinks the automobile much more. In opposition to a sea of regular-shape SUVs and crossovers, the SQ5 Sportback stands out as good-looking.
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