Review Audi 2010 Sportback 2010
One of Audi’s market-leading efforts to continue leading the new year with the arrival of the A5 Sportback. The four-door, five-door coupe joins the Cabriolet and Coupe models in the A5 series to mark another niche in a market that intimidates people to fill in the vacancies as it promises to be core models.
“When I first drove this car, I was very, very excited with what it had promised,” Audi Australia’s upcoming chief executive Joerg Hofmann said at the national launch of the new car this week. . “After that, when we started looking at volume expectations, it was clear that the A5 Sportback had potential to be very important to us.”
Sales and market
It’s so important that Audi predicts Sportback will account for around 1000 sales per year, or nearly half of the total A5 volume when it goes on sale on February 1. It will be a significant boost to the company’s goal of reaching record sales of 12,000 in 2010.
“There is no real competitor for this car in the Australian market,” said Audi’s general manager of marketing, Immo Buschmann. “This car has real quality and will appeal to car buyers who want a car that looks like a coupe but are not willing to give up the space provided by a car.”
However, buyers will have to give up the fifth seat because the Sportback – like the coupe to which it has been stretched to about 86mm – is a dedicated four-seater, despite having ample space for passenger seat. after.
Drivetrains and prices
The A5 Sportback will be available as two models in Australia, 2.0 TFSI and 3.0 TDI – both with quattro all-wheel drive and S-tronic dual-clutch automatic transmissions. TFSI petrol has a sticker price of $ 78,400 while a 3-liter diesel engine will hit the showroom floor at $ 89,100.
Adaptive dampers are available on TFSI for an additional $ 3500 while TDI offers an optional full driver selection package (sport differential, adaptive damping and dynamic driving) for $ 7600.
Although both models are well appointed with the full addition of electronic safety aids and eight airbags, leather trim and quality entertainment systems, the much needed reversing camera is still an option at $ 1165 while satellite navigation is an additional $ 4550.
On the road, the A5 Sportback is … well, it’s the A5. If you are blindfolded to the car and behind the wheel, it will be hard to distinguish the dynamics of Sportback from its parts, especially the Coupe.
The cabin, while including an enclosure, is not stuffy with room for head, shoulders and leg room for all four passengers. Spacious luggage space with 480 liters is available in standard trim, up to 980 liters with the rear seats folded. The A5 is a car you want to drive. It feels well designed and it is.
The use of aluminum is almost exclusively for suspension components, which, in turn, are attached to the aluminum subframe, reducing weightless weight for lower center of gravity and noticeable poise. Combined with the rigidity of the body provided by five levels of steel for extreme durability, Sportback provides a sense of comfort and stability.
TFSI direct injection gasoline is good for 155kW and 350 Nm of torque very handy in large revolutions from 1500 rpm to 4200 rpm. That maximum drive range allows TFSI to remain within its optimal performance range without hunting for proportions and almost requiring the vehicle to be driven enthusiastically.
The throttle response is good and there is real readiness of the front end to turn into corners, hunker down with extraordinary grip and then bounce off the top when the quattro balance is ready for a change in direction. follow.
The 3-liter TDI offers pretty much the same capability – only moreso. The oil burner’s 176kW and 500Nm capacity gives Sportback a 0-100km / h speed of 6.1 seconds – half a second faster than TFSI – while promising a fuel efficiency of only 6.6L / 100km. That makes the A5 Sportback TDI the 23rd Audi model to benefit from lower government luxury car tax incentives for vehicles using 7.0L or less than 100km.
Part of the fuel efficiency – TFSI claims 7.5L / 100km – is due to the regenerative energy system fitted to the A5 Sportback, whereby the energy recovered during braking and stopping is stored temporarily. in battery. That stored energy is called during acceleration to reduce engine load, saving up to 3% in fuel.
The A5 lineup will be completed by the middle of this year with the arrival of S5 Sportback, which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year. The S5 powered by a 3-liter TFSI is expected to cost about $ 130,000 for the sticker.
Audi A5 sports car
Price: from $ 78,400 (2.0 TFSI) to $ 89,100 (3.0 TDI)
Engine: 2L / 4 cylinder 155kW / 350Nm; 3L / V6 turbo diesel engine 175kW / 500Nm
Transmission: 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch automatic
Economy: 7.5L / 100km (TFSI), 6.6L / 100km (TDI)