Audi A5 Sportback Review

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Audi A5 Sportback

The Audi A5 Sportback offers a generous amount of standard kit including a first-class MMI infotainment system, a luscious interior cabin and ample engine options.

Pros

  • Lots of excellent tech

  • Plenty of efficient engine options

Cons

  • Passenger space is poor

  • Too similar to the much cheaper Audi A4

Exterior

3/5

Driving Experience

4/5

Interior

5/5

Practicality

3/5

Running Costs

4/5

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Overall Verdict

The Audi A5 Sportback is a great looking car, albeit with a somewhat divisive body-style. It looks like a coupe with a sloping rear roof - it definitely won't be to everyone's taste. The interior is as nice as you'd expect from an Audi. The MMI infotainment system is excellent, as is the Virtual Cockpit option, which is particularly good when used with Audi's sat-nav. Aesthetically, the A5 is definitely up there with the likes of the Jaguar XE and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Base trims offer generous amounts of tech, and engine options are plentiful. The car drives well - it’s comfortable and plenty of fun. There's plenty of engine options available, and an option of a six-speed manual, or a seven-speed automatic gearbox. The diesel engine options steal the show, with excellent fuel economy and performance. You can opt for a front-wheel drive option, or go for a quattro engine, which is Audi's all-wheel-drive system. This increases CO2 emissions slightly, but it's not too bad.  

It's definitely not as sporty as the likes of the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, but it doesn't really try to be. The A5 Sportback is an executive car through and through, and favours comfort and smooth driving over sporty thrills. 

The Sportback offers significantly more practicality than the two-door Audi A5 Coupe. There's much more space in the rear seats, and the boot space is much larger. There's plenty of headroom for tall drivers/passengers. 

It's not all impressive though. The reliability ratings are poor, and the passenger space isn’t great. The Audi A4 offers more or less everything the Audi A5 Sportback does, for a much cheaper price. 

Overall though, the A5 offers an (albeit small) step-up from the A4 for those that want that little bit extra. It makes for an excellent car, and the Sportback body-style is a great option, whether you need a company car or just something luxurious for the family. 


Available Trims

Sport

The A5 Sport trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels and electrically adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar adjustment. It also comes with three-zone climate control to keep everyone happy, as well as Android Auto/Apple CarPlay.

S Line

The S Line is the next step up, offering a lower sport suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, and LED headlights. There's also a sportier interior design, such as 'S line' touches on door openings, sports seats, and the stainless steel pedals.

Black Edition

The Black Edition is similar to the S Line, with the addition of a more intimidating colour scheme. Mirrors, some bodykit, and the grille are all in timeless black. On the inside, the A5 is equipped with dark leather/alcantara interior upholstery. With 20-inch alloy wheels, full LED headlights, the Black Edition is a great trim option.

Vorsprung

The A5 Vorsprung is the ultimate spec. As well as everything included on lower trims, you get matrix LED headlights with handy auto-dimming tech, heated front-seats, and adaptive suspension to keep you comfortable while driving on pothole-ridden roads.


Exterior

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A hatchback with coupe-esque styling, the A5 Sportback has a rather unique look. The roofline slopes towards the back of the car, adding to the useability of the cars boot. The Sportback is undoubtedly the best Audi A5 body style for those with a family.

The Sportback will undoubtedly divide drivers. The steep slope at the back of the car contrasts the coupe vibe of the rest of the body, and many people would prefer more of a strict hatchback look, rather than the Sportback sitting on the fence.


Driving Experience

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The entry-level A5 Sportback option is the 35 TFSI S Tronic, in the Sport trim. This has a respectable 0-62mph of 9.1 seconds with 150 bhp. It also provides decent efficiency, netting 41.5 mpg. It's neither ultra-fast, nor particularly efficient, but for the price it's a decent compromise. 

 A popular mid-range option is the 35 TDI S Tronic, available in all trims (we’d recommend the mid-range S Line). Like the entry-level, the 35 TDI achieves 0-62mph in 9.1 seconds… However, it delivers an incredible 62.8 mpg! This 7-speed automatic diesel is an excellent option for those that want the cheapest running costs possible. 

Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system is an absolute must for maximum performance. It’s no surprise then that the cream of the crop is the 45 TFSI quattro S Tronic, which goes from 0-62mph in an incredible 6.0 seconds! With an mpg of 41.5, and a beefy BHP of 245, this car knows how to perform without costing a fortune in fuel. This comes at a cost of course, with this model being around £10k more than our entry level pick. (£45,240 to £34,525 respectively.) 


Driving Position

The A5 offers a sportier driving position than the A4, keeping you closer to the road. The driver's seat is exceptionally comfortable and has plenty of adjustability options. The steering wheel offers a nice grip, and it’s also highly customisable, so you can find the perfect driving position for your build. Both short and tall drivers will have no problem finding a great driving position in the Audi A5 Sportback. 


Handling

Audi's are always fun to drive, and the A5 Sportback is no different. It feels weighty and sticks to the road around corners. While it's undoubtedly fun to drive, it's not quite at the level of close-rivals BMW, who's 4 Series still has the edge on the A5. 


Suspension

The A5's base model, the Sport, has a fairly soft suspension. This works well at keeping you comfortable while driving over bumps in the road. The sportier lines, like the S Line, are quite a bit firmer. For the higher models, we recommend opting for the optional adaptive dampers, which offers a comfort mode for when you're not in a sporty mood and just want to get to work in relative peace!

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