Audi and Buick have used the name “Sportback” to describe a car or SUV that has a dramatically acute angle to its roofline, rear window, and trunk opening, combined with a wide-opening rear liftgate to access a roomy trunk. This collection of design elements tapers dramatically from just over the front seats into the rear of the vehicle, trading rear-seat passenger room for what many consider to be a stylish look.
Essentially, a sportback is 5-door hatchback with a fast roofline and a sportier design. Sportbacks offer more utility than a traditional sedan but less utility than a traditional SUV or station wagon.
Though Audi coined the term Sportback, which Buick then briefly used to describe the Regal model before its discontinuation after the 2020 model year, it is increasingly used as a proprietary eponym to reference vehicles with this type of design. As such, in some circles, Sportback is used similar to how the brand name Kleenex can describe facial tissues of any brand, and Coke references any carbonated cola drink.
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