2020 Audi A5 Sportback Review
New Audi A4 Sportback Review
We drove Audi's five-door luxury coupé on Irish roads.
Pros: Striking looks, luxurious interior, quiet and smooth drive
Cons: Rear headroom, limited storage compartments
Rivals: BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Jaguar XF, Mercedes C-Class Coupe
Audi’s new A5 Sportback aims at offering all the four-door space and practicality you get in the A4 Saloon whilst still maintaining the slopping rear you see in the A5 Coupe. Its fresh exterior design includes a new grille, new front and rear bumpers and updated exterior lighting elements. From first glance, you can see that Audi has succeeded in beautifully blending a degree of sportiness with a striking executive character.
Chrome and aluminium trim can be seen throughout the A5 Sportback, on the wide air inlets, diffuser and the trapezoidal tailpipes. This, alongside the optional 20-inch cast aluminium wheels, make it stand out and almost sparkle on the road. The Navarra Blue paint featured on our test car accentuates these features nicely.
On the inside, the A5 Sportback's cabin is filled with all the plush high-quality materials we expect from Audi. You get a real sense of space and comfort as you sit into the driver’s seat. The cabin is quiet, with minimal engine noise penetrating the passenger environment.
The A5 Sportback has a sleek, minimalist dashboard and controls that allow you to easily access any of the info you need at the touch of a button, without taking your eyes off the road. A 10.1-inch MMI touch display infotainment screen allows you to connect easily via Bluetooth or Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
In the rear, the sloping roofline of the A5 Sportback does cut into the headroom slightly, but legroom is plentiful. The same can be said for the boot, although it doesn’t have much height it is deep with a total space of 480-litres.
There are two TFSI and three TDI engine versions available for the A5 Sportback. We drove the 35 TDI 2.0-litre Diesel with automatic transmission. It offered an extremely pleasant drive and punchy acceleration. Its composed and confident taking corners and the suspension deals well with potholes and bumps. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox is excellent and makes for effortless driving. To find out more about the A5 engines Audi offers for the new A5 Sportback Click Here
Pricing for the new A5 Sportback starts at €51,843.66 for the entry-level Petrol SE 40 TFSI S tronic and €52,012.79 for the entry-level Diesel SE 35 TDI S tronic. Our test car was equipped with optional 20-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic glass Sunroof and interior ambient lightning style package which costs an additional €2,205.
Carzone Verdict 4.5/5
The new Audi A5 has striking looks, the latest technology and great practicality. It offers an extremely comfortable drive with a luxurious, high-quality interior. If you are looking for an executive saloon with a sporty coupe-like, character this car is for you.
Model: Audi A5 Sportback
Starting Price: €53,502
Price of Test Car: €56,973
Engine: 2.0-Litre 35 TDI 150HP
Fuel Type: Diesel
Motor Tax: €190 per annum
CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 118
Trim: S Line
Transmission: S Tronic (Automatic)
Exterior Colour: Navarra Blue