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AUDI A5 Sportback

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DRIVING

What is it?

Another push by Audi into a new niche segment, that of the four-door coupe. Part of the A5 family that also constitutes the two-door Coupe and the Convertible models, the A5 Sportback is designed to offer a combination of sports styling and hatchback practicality.

What is the Audi A5 Sportback like to drive?

Though front or four-wheel drive will never match rear-drive for the sporting purist, the A5 Sportback acquits itself well, acting as a grand tourer capable of carrying four people and their luggage long distances in comfort and style.

What engines are available?

There is a total of 12 engine, transmission and driven wheel options across the A5 Sportback range, with three petrol engine outputs and four diesel, along with six-speed manual, CVT Multitronic and seven-speed S-tronic transmissions. The 190hp 2.0 TDI is the height of choice for diesel, with manual, Multitronic, quattro four-wheel drive and quattro S-tronic auto alternatives. In addition, the diesel options are a 136hp 2.0, 150hp 2.0 only available as a Multitronic auto and a 245hp 3.0-litre. The petrol models stand at 177hp 1.8, 225hp 2.0 and the range-topping 333hp S5 model.

FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS

What are the key standard features of the Audi A5 Sportback?

The entry-level A5 Sportback SE comes with 17in alloys, space saver spare wheel, Bluetooth, DAB radio, heated front seats, leather upholstery, front and rear parking sensors, auto lights and wipers, three-zone climate control, cruise control, keyless start, auto boot lid and heated electric mirrors.

  • SE Technik adds 18in alloys, sat nav and USB and MP3 audio interface.
  • S-line adds, over SE, 18in alloys, interior upgrades, sat nav, front sports seats, upgraded leather upholstery, s-line styling package, Xenon headlamps.
  • Black Edition Plus, over S-line, adds 19in alloys, MP3 and USB audio interface, Bang & Olufsen audio system, stainless steel pedals, styling package inside and out, rear privacy glass, enhanced rear spoiler and larger front bumper.
  • S5, over SE, adds 19in alloys, sports suspension, leather steering wheel, interior enhancements, super sports seats with electric adjustment, two rear sports seats, Xenon headlamps, ‘S’ bodykit and painted brake callipers.
  • S5 Black Edition, over S5, adds upgraded 19in alloys, USB and MP3 audio interface, Bang & Olufsen audio system, rear privacy glass, Black styling package and piano finish black interior inlays.

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What are the key options?

All models have optional alloy upgrades as part of the extensive list of extras Audi offers. Also among the highlights are the five-mode Drive Select system that allows the driver to pick between comfort, dynamic, automatic, individual and efficiency settings, while the firm’s dynamic steering and damper control systems are also optional. A CD changer with DVD player and digital TV reception can be optioned in conjunction with the Technology Package or sat nav, and keyless entry and a tilt and slide sunroof are also on the list of options.

How spacious is the Audi A5 Sportback?

The low roofline does mean rear-seat passengers have to duck a little as they get in, and headroom is marginally restricted against more upright saloons & hatchbacks, but there’s plenty of legroom for taller passengers. The A5 Sportback now, unlike the early cars, comes with three rear seats – launch cars were only fitted with two seats in the back. The Sportback’s 480 litres of luggage space is decent, and offers an extra 25 litres over the Coupe version. The seats split-fold to increase its load-lugging capability, which combines with the fact that it’s a hatchback to give the ability to move awkward loads.

Running Costs & Safety

What will it cost to run?

Those people wanting a stylish car that is still efficient to run should look at the 2.0 TDI Ultra model, with Ultra being Audi’s designation for the most efficient model in the line-up. In this case that means a 136hp powerplant and 109g/km of emissions. The 190hp 2.0 TDI in manual and multitronic form both get under 120g/km on models with 17in alloys, rising to 131g/km by the time you get to 19 inches, while the S5 performance model comes in at 184g/km. All models get stop-start and energy recuperation systems, and the Ultra is also fitted with low rolling resistance tyres.

 

What safety features does it have?

Six airbags are standard, with another two available via the options list, and the rest recommendation system that detects a drowsy driver is joined by three Isofix fittings, including one in the front passenger seat, front fog lights and a first aid kit are also standard. The options list adds the possibility of adaptive cruise control with the braking system that detects and avoids or minimises the impact of an accident at 19mph or under, along with the likes of high beam assist that automatically dips the headlamps when it detects oncoming traffic, and a blind spot detection system.

Need more information on BIK (benefit in kind) and CO2 then why not try our calculator, to help you work out your running costs.

THE ALTERNATIVES

The Alternatives

The main alternative is BMW’s 4-series Gran Tourer, while others to consider could include the Jaguar XE, Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe, VW Passat CC and even the Range Rover Evoque.

 

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