Audi A5 Sportback Review & Ratings
- 6 August 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Audi A5 Sportback was initially launched in 2009 and was extremely successful at attracting customers with its sleek and unique design as well as its powerful engines. There are quite a few differences between the A5 Sportback and the A4 Saloon, including the fact that this vehicle is widely considered to be much more stylish and user-friendly all around. One of the many criticisms that this vehicle received when it was launched was the fact that it was only available in a four-seat design, but a new five-seat version was added later on.
There are a number of different diesel and petrol engines available for the A5 Sportback, and a vast majority of them come equipped with the Quattro 4-wheel drive transmission. Those who are interested in purchasing this vehicle will be able to choose from four different trim levels, including the SE, SE Technik, and S line as well as the higher-end S5. There is no doubt that the Audi A5 Sportback has been dominating the executive coupe sector for years now, though the competition is starting to creep up on it. While the A5 Sportback may be an impressive vehicle all around, it does not have as good of handling as the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, and it does not have all the same smart features inside as this model does.
When it comes to the overall styling of the A5 Sportback, there is certainly a lot to appreciate. This is a very attractive car and features smart aluminum window line treatment as well as 18” wheels. The sleek and attractive exterior of this vehicle is just the beginning. On the inside of the A5 Sportback is a myriad of high-quality materials and features with a very clean yet attractive layout. The dashboard comes from the A4 and there have been some who complain that the interior looks a bit outdated, especially compared to some of the models that BMW has launched in recent years.
The MMI control system which the Audi A5 Sportback uses is similar to BMW’s iDrive with regards to how user friendly it is. The A5 offers satellite navigation as well as cruise control and leather/heated seats as a standard feature. There is also optional aluminum-effect inlays as well as a rather impressive interior lighting package for those who want more of an upscale feel in the interior of their vehicle.
When it comes to the way the A5 Sportback drives, it is a very comfortable ride, though some of the versions that have larger wheels, such as the SE Technik, aren’t very polished at all. These vehicles use artificial steering weighting, which can be a benefit or a drawback, depending on the person who is behind the wheel. The engine in this Audi lineup includes some fairly fuel-efficient diesel engines as well as a 328bhp supercharged V6 petrol. There is also a 2.0 liter TDI which is available with the eco-friendly 134 bhp and a 175 bhp tune. The beefier 241bhp 3.0 liter V6 is another option that delivers excellent performance and lots of power.
As far as reliability is concerned, the A5 Sportback shares a lot in common with the A4 Saloon, though it hasn’t gone through the same rigorous Euro NCAP testing. Nonetheless though, the A5 definitely has its fair share of safety features, including an electronic handbrake as well as some high-tech optional features like adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring. While this vehicle may look fairly flashy, it is still a practical choice for those who drive mostly in the city and need a car that offers excellent performance.