Audi A5 Sportback



INTRODUCTION

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.

Audi A5 Models

DESIGN

The new 5-door Sportback represents the perfect compromise for those who need accommodation for five with a touch of coupé flair. There’s a strong Audi family resemblance in the sharply-defined line that sweeps from front to rear, the sculpted bonnet and the distinctive Audi grille flanked by the two angled headlamps. Audi’s interiors are justly celebrated for their clarity, the use of excellent materials and attention to detail. Refinement is outstanding, and you’ll be hard-pressed to detect any difference on the move between the diesel and petrol versions.


PERFORMANCE

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..

SAFETY

All models are comprehensively equipped as standard with

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). 

TECHNOLOGY

Even in SE trim, owners enjoy the clarity and resolution of the TFT driver information system, plus cruise control, park assistance and keyless go. Many will choose to invest a little more to get the extra style and features of the Sport with its integrated MMI Navigation and 3D map display. Sport also offers a three-month trial of Audi Connect Infotainment with high-speed 4G internet access for access to Google, Twitter and all the other near-necessities of life in 2019. Audi’s optional Technology Pack includes MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch, Audi Virtual Cockpit 12.3” full-colour virtual

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.

VERDICT

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.

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