Audi’s A5 Sportback straddles the line between A5 coupe and
A4 four-door saloon, offering a touch of sportiness without losing the
practicality of five doors. A sharper exterior design, mild hybrid engines and the
latest MMI infotainment system bring it right up to date for 2020.
The A5 Sportback represents the perfect compromise for those who need accommodation for five but with a touch of coupé flair. Although related to the A5 Coupé and Cabriolet, it has a longer wheelbase to allow for genuine five-seat accommodation. For 2020 it gains a wider singleframe grille with a new bottom lip on the bumper and aggressive air intakes either side. Headlights are now LED as standard (matrix LEDs are optional). At the rear, the taillights and diffuser are all new.
You can choose from three petrol and two diesel powertrains for the A5 Sportback (the sportier RS5 has its own 2.9-litre V6 diesel). The line-up includes with the 35 TFSI petrol, which develops 150PS; the 40 TFSI petrol, delivering 190PS; and the top of the range 45 TFSI petrol which is only available with quattro all-wheel drive and a seven-speed Tiptronic transmission. The entry-level diesel is the 35 TDI, which develops 150PS while the 40 TDI has 190PS and can be chosen with or without quattro. All feature mild hybrid technology that can recuperate energy when slowing down and allow the engine to cut out and coast on the move.
Like the rest of the A5 range, the new A5 Sportback features the all-new MMI touch system. A 10.5-inch infotainment screen provides intuitive access to navigation and infotainment, while the top-of-the-range Vorsprung edition includes the full gamut of Audi Virtual Cockpit, MMI Navigation Plus and Audi Matrix Plus headlights.
Audi offers the A5 with pre sense city and multi-collision brake assist as standard, while other assistance systems are optionally available in packages called Tour, Side Assist and Park. A 10-year emergency call service provided with the vehicle via an embedded SIM card.
Verdict: The new A5 Sportback packs a brilliant blend of practicality and style, with its coupé-like looks, outstanding interior and updated infotainment. Two diesels and three petrol engines offer a wide choice of powertrains – and for the truly power-hungry there’s always the RS5 Sportback.
The A5 Sportback is available in different versions, known as trim levels. These allow you to choose a version that reflects your preferred styling, driving experience and equipment level. Standard equipment and the choice of options both vary by trim.