The SQ5 Sportback’s assured dynamic qualities allow you dig deep into its performance, whether on a wide multi-lane autobahn or threading down a winding back road. It is predicable in its actions, if lacking the sort of engagement enthusiast driver’s might seek.
The control of body movement is particularly good thanks to the adaptive qualities of the dampers and general tuning of suspension, and the quattro four-wheel drive system provides plenty of grip and traction. Sadly, though, the variable-rate steering, while nicely weighted, lacks for vital feedback.
On smooth roads in comfort mode, the new Audi delivers quite a relaxed ride, though it can still become unsettled when the surface is not perfectly free of imperfections. Dynamic mode is quite a lot firmer, leading to more aggressive vertical movement and some odd harshness over larger bumps.
Inside, it’s much the same as the SQ5 SUV. At least up front, where the SQ5 Sportback receives the same dashboard, digital instruments, touch screen infotainment display, multi-function steering wheel and choice of trims. Quality is generally quite high, though there are some cheap-looking black plastic elements out of the direct line of sight.
The raised front seating position gives the driver an agreeably commanding forward view, while the standard-fit sport seats are terrifically comfortable with firm cushioning and excellent support. Rearward vision is compromised somewhat by the more sloping rear screen, though not to the degree in some rivals.
With the rear bench mounted quite low, most adults should be able sit up back without any concerns over the reduction in headroom caused by the more shapely roofline. Boot space, however, is reduced by 10-litres over the SQ5 SUV at a nominal 500-litres behind the rear seat.