Sporting a host of technological advancements that encapsulate the ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ slogan under its sharpened and toned skin, Audi introduce the A5 Sportback. This handsome car joins the equally attractive Coupé which has been available since late in 2016. The Sportback touches down this month and is available to order now.
Additionally, heading up this highly intelligent new range, is an even faster, more powerful and more efficient S5 quattro, now featuring a turbocharged V6 TFSI. Power has ramped up to 349bhp (354PS), propelling both three-door and five-door versions to 62mph in just 4.7 seconds.
Wide Choice Of Engines
A choice of three TDI and two TFSI petrol power units are available in the new A5 Sportback. The four-cylinder 2.0L TFSI and 2.0L TDI both produce 187bhp (190PS) and can be configured with either a six-speed manual or 7-speed S tronic transmission.
The 2.0 TFSI producing 248bhp (252PS) and 370Nm of torque is mated exclusively to quattro all-wheel drive. 0-62mph takes a mere 6.0 seconds and top speed is 155mph.
At the top end of the scale, the Sportback comes with a V6 TDI with 215bhp (218PS) is offered in conjunction with quattro drive and also appears in 282bhp (286PS) form exclusively linked to an eight-speed tiptronic. 6.2-second this time for the traffic light sprint. Then of course, there’s that feisty V6 TFSI!
SE, Sport and S line specification
In keeping with the rest of the Audi range, the hierarchy for the A5 Sportback consists of SE, Sport and S line specification levels. The lead-in SE option now features more equipment than ever, including a host of infotainment and driver assistance systems.
These range from the Audi Smartphone Interface connection hosting Apple Carplay and Android Auto, and the front and rear Audi Parking System Plus to the Audi pre-sense City which warns the driver of a imminent collision and can initiate emergency braking and the multi-collision brake assist, capable of reducing further impacts through full braking.
Also new is the Audi connect Safety and Service package. Fitted as standard, an embedded SIM card enables occupants to dial an emergency or assistance call service with a one-touch button function inside the car.
All SE models are fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels, and come equipped with xenon headlights aided by LED daytime running lights. Further highlights include Audi Drive Select, a deluxe three-zone electronic climate control system and a power-operated tailgate for Sportback models.
Sport models build on this further by incorporating an LED interior lighting pack, electrically adjustable sports seats with 4-way lumbar support upholstered in Twin leather, SD card-based MMI navigation and a three-month free trial of Audi connect.
Standout features on the sharper S line in addition to the customary visual enhancements are 18-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, LED front and rear lights with dynamic rear indicators and quilted front sports seats upholstered in leather/Alcantara.
The Pace Setters
On the top rung, the S5 quattro models are of course marked out by S specific upgrades that subtly convey their performance potential. In addition to the customary quad oval tailpipes and aluminium-effect door mirror housings, S5 logos adorn the grille, front wings and rear.
Partly polished 19-inch alloy wheels conceal S sport suspension and specially tuned brakes, while a matt aluminium finish extends to the rear diffuser, inlays surrounding the air inlets and radiator grille. The vibrant Misano red and Navarra blue paintwork are also exclusively available for this model.
It’s an Audi so as you would expect fine Nappa leather extends to the front S super sports seats, combining lumbar support, pneumatic adjustment and a massage function. Virtual cockpit, MMI navigation plus and a three-year subscription to the Audi connect suite round out the interior upgrades.
Separately on S5 models, a sport differential can complement the quattro drivetrain for more targeted torque distribution to the rear wheels, improving stability and agility in fast corners.
Audi Sportback models deploy an all-new platform and cutting edge infotainment to mix business with pleasure perfectly. Once again for 2017, Audi remains at the pinnacle of prestige driving. You can order one today.