Audi refuse to be ordinary. Or, to put it another way, they’re not afraid of being different.
This is why the Audi A5 Sportback is designed to be different to the other saloons on the market. The car’s shape is distinctive and alluring, while the degree of comfort and style inside is hard to match.
When it comes to safety, Audi like to keep an eye on everything. Which may explain why the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) acts like another pair of eyes on the road as it analyses the vehicle’s movements and reacts to any loss of control.
And if you’re struggling to keep your eyes open and focused on what’s in front of you, then Audi’s rest recommendation will prompt you to pull over and take a moment to recharge before continuing on your way.
Sometimes, however, it’s what you can’t see that protects you. Full-size front, side and head airbags are featured as standard to help keep you safe from all angles in a collision, while younger passengers’ seats are held comfortably and safely in position by the ISOFIX mountings.
With the Audi A5 Sportback, there’s no need to play spot the difference with other models in its category. The difference in design, style and class is clear to see.
For starters, it has a streamlined body from front to back which deviates from the typical saloon profile. And where the roofline usually ends at a flat tailgate, the A5 Sportback continues all the way to a stylish lipped boot lid. This arcing is contrasted by folded body panels and sharp Xenon Plus headlights.
What’s more, every model in the range comes with a number of highly-finished exterior features from a grille and windows with a glossy trim, to standard alloy wheels that range from 17 to 19-inches, depending on your chosen model.
Customisation is also possible inside the A5 Sportback. You can choose your preferred upholstery and inlays, as well as a three-spoke leather multifunction steering wheel.
Audi’s global reputation for high quality performance cars is strengthened by the A5 Sportback and its engine choices.
Both the TDI diesel and TFSI petrol powertrain options offer quattro versions, which go a long way in boosting the vehicle’s road holding ability. The 3.0-litre TDI quattro is the strongest of them all with a peak power of 242bhp and 580Nm of torque.
But the technological advancement isn’t restricted to just the engines. Inside the cabin, drivers will be pleased to hear the forward-thinking Sportback also offers an Audi Concert audio system with a built-in SD card reader for enjoying all your music.
What’s more, an AUX input enables an MP3 player to be connected, and you can follow traffic news by simply switching to the DAB digital radio.
The Audi A5 uses the self-locking centre differential quattro system. Constantly monitoring the road conditions, the quattro system can transfer up to 100% of the power to the front or rear wheels, if needed. In normal road conditions, the torque power is a 50:50 front to rear wheel ratio.
|Vehicle Length||4,712 mm / 186 inches|
|Vehicle Width||1,854 mm / 73 inches|
|Vehicle Height||1,391 mm / 55 inches|
|Wheelbase||2,810 mm / 111 inches|
|Unladen Weight (DIN)||1,750 kg / 3858 lb|
|Combined Cycle||46.3 mpg|
|Urban Cycle||38.7 mpg|
|Engine / Cylinders||3.0-litre TDI quattro / six|
|Max Torque||580 Nm @ 1,700 - 2,500 rpm|
|Max Power||242 bhp @ 4,000 - 4,500 rpm|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Acceleration||0-60 mpg / 5.9 seconds (approximately)|