Impressive new contender in the growing ‘coupé-saloon’ class
More prominent wheel arches. A wider, dramatic grille. Trademark, flowing shoulder lines that culminate in bold new headlights. But there’s much more to the dynamic 3-door Coupé and the practical 5-door Sportback than looks. With many new features, such as optional Audi Parking System Plus and Smartphone Interface as standard, it has the technology to match its appearance.
Compared with its predecessor, the new A5 Sportback is both more economical and lighter, while offering even better interior accommodation. The choice of powertrains includes a petrol 150PS 1.4 TFSI with 7-speed S-tronic transmission, a two-wheel drive 2.0 TFSI that develops 190PS (with either 6-speed manual or 7-speed S-tronic), and a 2.0 TFSI quattro with 252PS that accelerates from 0-62mph in just 6.0 seconds.
Diesel alternatives include a 2.0 TDI developing 190PS and as little as 106 g/km (available with either manual, S-tronic or S-tronic quattro transmission), and a 3.0 TDI that offers an impressive combination of performance and economy, taking just 5.3 seconds to sprint from 0-62mph. The 3.0 TDI is only available in Sport and S Line trims..
Pre-Sense City that uses the front-facing camera on the rear-view mirror to detect vehicles and pedestrians, warning the driver if a collision seems imminent and, in some circumstances, applying the brakes. The Audi Connect Safety and Service is an emergency call service that automatically activates in the event of a serious accident. The A5 Sportback also protects its occupants front and rear with a 6-airbag system. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) includes Antilock braking (ABS), Anti Slip Regulation (ASR) and electronicdifferential lock (EDL).
digital instrumentation and Audi Phone Box with wireless charging. The Comfort and Sound Pack includes Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system, rear-view camera and advanced key with hands-free boot opening.
Although closely related to the Audi A4 (itself an outstanding executive class compact saloon) the A5 Sportback has a little extra visual flair and exclusivity which many prefer. The A5 Sportback accommodates up to five beneath a coupé-like roofline, while its interior is, as usual with Audi, class-leading in design and execution. With a wide range of both petrol and diesel powertrains to choose from the A5 Sportback is a strong contender for those who need saloon practicality with coupé flair.