One questions just what the Audi A5 Sportback does that the A4 sedan does not do, in addition to appearance prettier and carry more luggage at the expense of some back-seat space. But then you own it, and it does so numerous things well. The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four is among the most effective of its ilk, the chassis is buttoned down, the inside is well ended up, and also the electronic devices are both modern-looking and also easy to use.
Sportback is Audi's euphemism for hatchback, at the very least as it is applied to the brand's compact four-door. In the same way that the larger A7 hatchback is derived from the A6, the A5 Sportback is associated with the A4 car. The success of the A7 doubtless emboldened Audi to send us the most recent A5 Sportback after refuting the United States market the previous-generation version.
The A7 additionally established the tone thematically for the A5 Sportback. That implies a reduced roofline (by 1.6 inches in this case) and sleeker styling with a faster-sloping backlight than you 'd see on the A4, yet a great deal more utility than you 'd enter the two-door A5 coupe. Like the A7, the A5 Sportback also is costlier compared to its lower-numbered car sibling-- the better to prevent any whiff of the economy-car hatchbacks that some consumers might bear in mind from the 1970s-era fuel dilemma. The A5 Sportback is $2100 a lot more expensive than its mechanically similar A4 equivalent, while the six-cylinder S5 regulates a $3000 premium over the S4. (The gulf between A4 and also A5 broadens when you take into consideration that the A4 is offered in a lower-horsepower front-drive Ultra trim degree that the A5 does not trouble with.).
To the A5 Sportback's $43,575 base price, our examination instance added the top-spec Prestige trim-level bundle for $7600. Among its several precisions are warmed eight-way power pole position, blind-spot monitoring, LED fronts lights, Bang & Olufsen audio, a top-view camera system, a head-up screen, navigating, as well as Audi's Virtual Cockpit electronic tool cluster. We were additional assisted by the Driver Assistance bundle ($ 1800) with its flexible cruise control, lane-keeping assist, traffic-sign recognition, as well as automatic high-beams. An adaptive suspension, warmed rear seats, a heated guiding wheel, high-gloss walnut trim, as well as Moonlight Blue Metallic paint brought the complete to $55,400.
Our A5 Sportback was outfitted with Audi's flexible air-spring suspension ($ 1000), that includes selectable owning modes. Moving on 18-inch wheels with 40-series tires, it does not have a severe trip, yet there's room for improvement in its capability to mask disruptions at highway rates, which are acknowledged with a brief kick as well as sometimes accompanied by a quick lateral body movement (despite having the drive-mode selector in Comfort). On smooth highways, we also came across some small-amplitude body motions-- backwards and forwards in addition to lateral-- that made the A5's tracking something except laserlike. The numerous settings do little to impact chassis response, although Dynamic adds a welcome measure of tautness to the steering without unduly increasing initiatives. It's the ideal selection for curvy roads, which the A5 takes on with aplomb despite its nose-heavy design. The common all-wheel-drive system defaults to a 60 percent rear torque prejudice, yet it regularly differs the circulation between front as well as back axles as conditions determine. The A5 exhibited lots of stick on our skidpad (0.94 g), besting the A4 (0.90) as well as the 428i (0.89 ). Braking additionally was impressive, with the Sportback coming to a halt from 70 miles per hour in 159 feet and the pedal both firm and also simple to regulate.
The interior isn't really showy-- well, in addition to the screen-based, configurable tool collection-- yet the materials are all of high quality. The MMI controller with its drawing acknowledgment is remarkably beneficial for getting in addresses or locating get in touches with, as well as the system's predictive logic is sharp enough that you seldom have to spell out the entire thing. This isn't really an inside where severe aesthetics eradicate all buttons, and also it's the much better for it. Audi's combination of click-wheel controller, physical switches, touchpad, and also steering-wheel controls is nicely understood. And shout out to the pole positions, which are firm but perfectly formed, supplying good lateral support without being constraining.
The Sportback's squashed roofline does restrict the view out-- the back-up camera is crucial-- as well as it likewise creates a much more confining back seat than in the car, to the point that this a limited transportation for 4 grownups on a lengthy journey. The advantage is the hatchback's extra charitable freight area: 22 cubic feet behind the back seats, 35 with the rear seatbacks folded up. (The A4 sedan as well as A5 sports car have simply 13 as well as 12 cubic feet in their trunks, specifically.) It also scores some severe junior-A7 design factors. Overall, this is an exceptionally well-executed premium four-door with the included flair and also function of a shapely hatchback body design. But it's ideal delighted in by 2 as opposed to four.