Audi A5 Sportback The A5 Sportback is a five door version of the A5 Coupe, catering for those that want style but can't afford to sacrifice practicalityFor:Fast and frugal engines, interior quality, style mixed with practicalityIf you're in the market for a premium badged coupe but need a degree of practicality then the is well worth a look.
It's better than ever, and while space in the back is limited for taller adults, the extra doors are a boon. It's not as fun to drive as a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, but even versions without Quattro all wheel drive feel planted, refined and good to drive. The oakley outlet online store interior is among the classiest and best built of any car currently on sale, while the range of economical engines is simply the icing on the cake.The is a five door coupe based on the Audi A4 saloon. Sister car to the standard A5 Coupe, the Sportback will appeal to buyers who prioritise style but aren't prepared to compromise when it comes to practicality. By adding a pair of rear doors, the Sportback becomes infinitely more practical than the normal car though taller adults will still struggle for space in the back.Now in its second generation, the A5 Sportback went on sale in the UK in early 2017. It's offered in SE, Sport and S oakley sunglasses green line guises, with a choice of powerful petrol and diesel engines as well as a range topping V6 turbocharged S5 version. The 2.0 litre TDI ultra will be most popular with fleet buyers, thanks to its low CO2 emissions and impressive fuel economy.Entry level diesel models come with a six speed manual gearbox, though all other versions use a seven speed S tronic dual clutch setup. This auto shifts gears quickly and smoothly either of its own accord or via a set of steering wheel mounted paddles.Quattro all wheel drive is available across the range, though basic diesels are driven only via the front axle. All 2.0 litre TSFI petrols and 3.0 litre TDI diesels as well as the flagship S5 get Quattro as standard.The A5 Sportback's main rival is the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, though buyers in the market for this car may also consider more stylish saloons like the Alfa Romeo Giulia or Jaguar XE. Those who can do without the rear doors are treated to a plethora of options including the Mercedes C Class Coupe and Lexus RC 300h.But the Sportback name isn't restricted to the A5. Lower down the range you'll find a more conventional hatchback shaped A3 Sportback, while those with a bit more cash per month might consider the bigger, plusher A7 Sportback, which is based on the practical A6 executive saloon.The A5 Sportback is a comfortable, refined and sure footed five door coupe, and while a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe might be more fun, it's the Audi that offers a more complete package.Most models come with the brand's venerable Quattro all wheel drive system, and while very few UK buyers will ever truly rely on it, it gives the A5 a sense of security otherwise missing on many of the car's key rivals. Optional on the 2.0 litre TDI but standard on the TFSI, 3.0 TDI and S5 versions, Quattro offers bags of grip and loads of control on wet, greasy B roads.This car is also totally at home on the motorway, where high speed refinement is excellent. Like all Audis, the A5's cabin is well insulated from wind and road noise though bigger wheels can affect the sense of calm. The four cylinder 2.0 litre TDI diesels can seem a little gruff under hard acceleration, but it's hardly cause for concern.Head into some corners and you'll find the A5 Sportback composed rather than fun. Being based on the VW Group's MQB platform means the current car is better to drive than its predecessor, but a rear wheel drive BMW is still more engaging. The A5 is nimble enough, however, with impressive body control and loads of grunt. The standard 187bhp version will do 0 62mph in 7.9 seconds regardless of whether you select the six speed manual or dual clutch auto, while adding Quattro slashes half a second from this time. It's a really punchy unit, and only ever noisy under really hard acceleration.The silky smooth six cylinder 215bhp 3.0 TDI is faster still, completing the same sprint in 6.4 seconds mated to the seven speed S tronic box and Quattro all wheel drive. What the 249bhp 2.0 TFSI Quattro loses in fuel economy it makes up for in straight line pace, with 0 62mph over in 6.0 seconds flat though the increased torque of the diesels make them feel faster in the real world.The entry level front wheel drive diesel emits just 106g/km of CO2 when mated to the seven speed S tronic gearbox. The six speed manual isn't far behind (108g/km), while even the Quattro comes in below 120g/km. It's worth noting that the bigger wheels on S line models will have an affect on emissions and could push your car into the next company car BiK tax band. Fuel economy of 68.9mpg for the fuel efficient Ultra is among the best in this class, too.Step up to the 3.0 litre TDI and that added performance will mean taking a hit on the fuel bills. However, even the thirstiest S line versions will still return oakley prescription glasses 58.9mpg and emit 124g/km of CO2, not bad when you consider the huge torque on offer.Unsurprisingly, the 2.0 litre petrol is the most expensive car (apart from the range topping S5) to run, emitting 136g/km in Sport trim and 141g/km in S line spec. The 3.0 litre TDI is group 36, while an S5 is group 41.For comparison, the popular BMW 420d Gran Coupe in M Sport trim is group 31, though the 440i trumps the S5 by falling into group 38. An A5 Sportback TDI ultra in SE spec will retain 46 per cent of its value after three years or 36,000 miles, while an S line auto discount sunglasses outlet is closer to 47 per cent. The best model in the range is actually the most expensive S5, which holds on to 51 per cent of its value over the same time frame.
The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe offers similar numbers, ranging from 41 per cent for the 430i, to 51 per cent for the 420d M Sport.There's no arguing the fact that Audi's A5 Sportback is a more desirable car than the A4 saloon on which it's based. However, the sleek and aerodynamic body shell does mean you'll need to make small compromises inside where the sloping roofline eats in to passenger space.
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