Audi A5 Sportback review
Audi’s original A5 Sportback is one of the most successful four-door coupe designs, if not made by anyone. Sleek, low, and perfectly proportioned, it is in stark contrast to the efforts of BMW and Mercedes that are often blurred by effort and prominence. A5 embarked on a clean, elegant and desirable design.
Sportback was born from the A5 Coupe, based on the B8 A4 itself. With the launch of B9 last year, the A5 received the same treatment – this is a new product, built on the VW Group’s MQB platform and offers a wide range of technological, fine-tuning and dynamic options. New engine and transmission. Good value for the price? What features does it come with? 7/10
Forming the A5 Sportback range are three models, reflecting the Coupe’s lineup – 2.0 TFSI front-wheel drive for $ 69,900; Quattro 2.0 TDI for $ 73,900 and quattro 2.0 TFSI for $ 81,500.
Audi assigns different models in a fairly similar range, allowing potential owners to decide their own specifications through a long list of options and a range of packages.
Standard is 18-inch alloys, cruise control, three-zone climate control, impressive safety package, automatic headlights and wipers, keyless start and start, electric vehicle rear end with functions flip-flaps, electric folding mirrors, LED and rear alarm lights, electric front seats, synthetic leather interior, leather-wrapped steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, ten-speaker stereo and dashboard Audi’s amazing completely 12.3-inch digital, called the Virtual Cockpit.
The quattro 2.0 TFSI leap adds 19-inch alloys and gear levers, both available as options on the other two, along with a significant boost in power from turbo 2.0.
Audi’s MMI system is operated from a standard 8.3-inch screen located on the dashboard. The system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB radio, sat nav with Google search, map overlay (you need a SIM card for that) and Bluetooth and is operated by a dial mounted on the table. control.
Then there are five optional packages. Put on your strap. Prices in brackets already include LCT so a good guide of what you will actually pay them.
Touring the support package ($ 2470) provides adaptive travel, avoiding traffic jams, active lane keeping, forward collision warning, collision avoidance assistance, automatic climb up and turn assist (stopping you turning through traffic at low speed).
Parking Assistance Package ($ 1255), extra CCTV and automatic parking.
The Technik package ($ 5600) adds matrix LED, frontal alarm, 19-speaker B&O brand stereo, and a head-up display. The tricked matrix headlights can black out the components of LED grids that can be dazzling for oncoming traffic and from past experiences worth every penny.
S Line-style package ($ 3900 / $ 2500 on quattro TFSI) adds stronger front and rear bumpers and some darker materials on door sills and rear diffuser, 19-inch alloys, logo S Line and security glass for rear and side windows.
S Line sport package ($ 7400 / $ 5900 in the TFSI quattro) takes the S Line Style package and puts the theme into the cabin with logo, aluminum inlays, S-shaped flat-bottom steering wheel, perforated leather trim, stainless steel pedals , headlight black, Nappa leather with contrasting stitches and access to Daytona Gray (for another $ 1846 …).
Is there anything interesting about its design? 8/10
The A5 Sportback starts with the A5 Coupe shape, stretching it and adding rear and rear doors. The new metal plates look more plump, more muscular and slightly more organic than the straight, geometric lines of the old car. There are gentle ripples along the shoulder line, showing a cat-like stance.
Cabin is largely like the great A4. The familiar contour dashline architecture is now much less impressive than cars, with an emphasis on horizontal lines to create a sense of width and space. The material is usually great – if it looks like metal, it’s metal and if it looks like wood, then it is.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
Based on the A4 platform and with four passenger doors, the A5 Sportback is quite spacious with a slim profile. You sit a little lower than the traditional sedan version, partly for a sportier feel but also reclaim some headroom.
Front-seat passengers are entitled to two cupholders, bottle holders at the entrance and partially concealed center console containers. Drivers also have their own deep glove box that can fit in the owner’s manual or even a small umbrella.
Rear-seat passengers not only have their own climate control areas, but also have bottle holders at the entrance. The headroom is good for six feet, even those that are a bit over-the-top while the knee room is generous – I can sit behind my driving position without drama, although the leg room under the seats is a bit cramped.
The rear seat has ISOFIX child seats mounted in the outside position and folds 40/20 / 40, allowing access to 480-liter boot (identical to the sedan). When you fold all three parts of the back seat, you have about 1300 liters. The boot is a very practical square shape, reasonably deep and long, easily fits into large suitcases.
Audi says that there is an additional 17mm of interior length, a shoulder room that is 11mm wider and most useful is another 24mm knee room at the back, in part due to having a longer wheelbase than both its predecessor and the current A4.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 7/10
The A5 Sportback is available with three engine packs, all of which are paired with Audi’s new seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The entry level provided by the 2.0 TFSI controls the front wheels and is finally laid to rest the profound trivial CVT of the old model. With 140kW and 320Nm, you will see 100km / h in 7.5 seconds.
Quattro 2.0 TDI, delivering 140kW and 400Nm for all four wheels through a seven-speed DSG. The run to tons arrives in 7.4 seconds.
It’s back on gas for the quattro 2.0 TFSI, this time in a 185kW / 370Nm tuned state, driving all four wheels via a seven-speed DSG. 0-100km / h is sent in six seconds flat.